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Bupropion as a Smoking Cessation Aid in Alcoholics

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) Identifier:
First received: August 28, 2002
Last updated: January 25, 2008
Last verified: January 2008
The purpose of this study is to test the use of time-released bupropion (Wellbutrin) in patients receiving treatment for alcohol abuse/dependence as an aid to stop smoking. Patients will receive either a time-released bupropion or placebo. Both groups will receive nicotine replacement therapy during the 9 week study. A final followup assessment will be conducted 6 months from the start of treatment.

Condition Intervention Phase
Alcoholism Smoking Drug: bupropion (Wellbutrin) Phase 4

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Masking: Double-Blind
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Bupropion as a Smoking Cessation Aid in Alcoholics

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

Estimated Enrollment: 200
Study Start Date: May 2002
Study Completion Date: April 2005
Primary Completion Date: April 2005 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Ages Eligible for Study:   25 Years to 75 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Currently a patient in the Omaha VA Medical Center, Substance Abuse Treatment Center (SATC) or at Catholic Charities Campus for Hope.
  • Have a diagnosis of alcohol abuse or alcohol dependence.
  • Smoke 20 or more cigarettes/day (may also smoke pipes/cigars).
  • Be interested in quitting smoking.
  • Provide name, addresses, and phone numbers of at least two individuals who can provide information on their alcohol, nicotine, and other drug use during the follow-up period.
  • If female, patient must a) be of non-childbearing potential, b) have a negative pregnancy test, c) sign a document stating they do not plan on becoming pregnant during the study.
  • Agree to sign informed consent.
  • Able to read and understand study-related forms and procedures.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Advanced cardiac, pulmonary, renal, or liver disease.
  • History of seizures.
  • History of brain tumor or significant head trauma.
  • History of bulimia or anorexia nervosa.
  • Current major depressive disorder or past history of panic disorders, schizophrenia, or bipolar affective disorder.
  • Using psychoactive drugs.
  • Receiving treatment with medications that lower seizure thresholds.
  • Use of an investigational drug in any study in the past four weeks.
  • Currently using any asthma medication.
  • Used time-released bupropion in the past 12 months.
  • Currently using any other treatments to stop smoking.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00044434

United States, Nebraska
VA/Nebraska/Western Iowa Health Care System
Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 68105
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
  More Information Identifier: NCT00044434     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: NIAAAGRA13689
Study First Received: August 28, 2002
Last Updated: January 25, 2008

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Alcohol-Related Disorders
Substance-Related Disorders
Chemically-Induced Disorders
Mental Disorders
Antidepressive Agents, Second-Generation
Antidepressive Agents
Psychotropic Drugs
Dopamine Uptake Inhibitors
Neurotransmitter Uptake Inhibitors
Membrane Transport Modulators
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Dopamine Agents
Neurotransmitter Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Cytochrome P-450 CYP2D6 Inhibitors
Cytochrome P-450 Enzyme Inhibitors
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