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Ethyl Eicosapentanoic Acid (Ethyl-EPA) for Treating Major Depression

This study has been completed.
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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00096798
First Posted: November 16, 2004
Last Update Posted: January 17, 2008
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Information provided by:
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
  Purpose
The purpose of this study is to examine the effectiveness of ethyl-eicosapentanoic acid (ethyl-EPA), an omega-3 fatty acid, in treating depression.

Condition Intervention Phase
Depressive Disorder Depression Drug: Ethyl-eicosapentanoic acid (ethyl-EPA) Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study of Ethyl Eicosapentanoic Acid (Ethyl-EPA) in Major Depressive Disorder

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Further study details as provided by National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH):

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Alleviation of depressive symptoms

Estimated Enrollment: 80
Study Start Date: September 2001
Study Completion Date: August 2007
Primary Completion Date: August 2007 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:

Evidence suggests that omega-3 fatty acids may help reduce symptoms of depression. This study will determine whether ethyl-EPA, an omega-3 fatty acid, can be used safely and effectively to treat major depression.

Participants will be randomly assigned to receive either ethyl EPA-containing pills or placebo daily for 8 weeks. Each week, participants will be asked to complete questionnaires which will be used to assess the severity of their depression.

  Eligibility

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 80 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Major depressive disorder

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Serious comorbid psychiatric disorder
  • Unstable medical illness
  • Prior use of any omega-3 fatty acid product
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00096798


Locations
United States, Massachusetts
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02114
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
Investigators
Principal Investigator: David Mischoulon, MD, PhD Massachusetts General Hospital
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number):
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00096798     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: K23AT001129 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
First Submitted: November 15, 2004
First Posted: November 16, 2004
Last Update Posted: January 17, 2008
Last Verified: January 2008

Keywords provided by National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH):
Fatty Acids, Omega-3
Antidepressive Agents
Eicosapentanoic Acid

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Depression
Depressive Disorder
Behavioral Symptoms
Mood Disorders
Mental Disorders