Naltrexone, Craving, and Drinking

This study has been completed.
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National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) Identifier:
First received: September 11, 2000
Last updated: October 20, 2006
Last verified: October 2006
This 5-week study will examine the effects of naltrexone on alcohol craving, drinking rates, and reaction to drinking-related triggers, or cues, in participants' everyday environment and in laboratory sessions. Participants will monitor and record their daily desires to drink, environmental circumstances in which urges occur, and drinking behavior using a palm top computer. Participants will receive naltrexone or a placebo. One week after receiving medication, all participants will be asked to respond to alcohol-related cues that may or may not arouse the desire to drink.

Condition Intervention Phase
Drug: naltrexone (Revia)
Phase 4

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Naltrexone, Craving, and Drinking: Ecological Assessment

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Further study details as provided by National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA):

Estimated Enrollment: 186
Estimated Study Completion Date: May 2005

Ages Eligible for Study:   21 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Drink at least 4 days per week with 2 heavy drinking days (more than 6 standard drinks for men, more than 5 drinks for women) per week on average during the month prior to the study.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Current interest in treatment or a history of treatment for alcohol problems.
  • History of liver disease or current liver function tests greater than five times normal.
  • Opiate abuse or dependence, any opiate use two weeks before the study or a urine test screen that is positive for opiates.
  • Females, who are pregnant, nursing, or not using reliable birth control method.
  • Daily use of acetaminophen.
  • Living with someone who participated in this study.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00006203

United States, Rhode Island
Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies, Brown University
Providence, Rhode Island, United States, 02919
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
  More Information Identifier: NCT00006203     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: NIAAAMON0785011A1 
Study First Received: September 11, 2000
Last Updated: October 20, 2006
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Narcotic Antagonists
Peripheral Nervous System Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Sensory System Agents processed this record on May 26, 2016