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Civilian Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Risperidone Clinical Trial

This study has been completed.
Janssen, LP
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Barbara O. Rothbaum, PhD, Emory University Identifier:
First received: August 22, 2005
Last updated: August 18, 2015
Last verified: August 2015
The purpose of this study is to determine whether the administration of risperidone is effective in the treatment of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI)-resistant post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in civilians.

Condition Intervention Phase
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders Drug: Sertraline and Risperidone Phase 1 Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Placebo-Controlled Trial of Risperidone Augmentation for SSRI-Resistant Civilian PTSD

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Further study details as provided by Barbara O. Rothbaum, PhD, Emory University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Remission of symptoms after 16 weeks

Estimated Enrollment: 65
Study Start Date: April 2004
Study Completion Date: September 2006
Primary Completion Date: September 2006 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:

Individuals with PTSD often experience anxiety attacks, nightmares, or repeated unwanted memories after experiencing or witnessing life-threatening events, such as serious accidents or natural disasters, or traumatic events such as physical or sexual abuse.

Risperidone has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of psychotic disorders and has been found helpful for PTSD and depression, but is still considered investigational for the purposes of this study.

All qualified participants will be started on sertraline (Zoloft) for eight weeks. Patients who are still symptomatic at the end of this phase, will be invited to join the second portion of the study where they will be randomly assigned to receive risperidone or placebo (sugar pill) in addition to the sertraline. Participants will be monitored regularly for medication effects, adverse events, and PTSD symptoms.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Meets criteria for DSM-IV PTSD for a minimum of one month duration
  • Clinician-Administered PTSD Scale (CAPS) score > or = to 50
  • Able to read and complete questionnaires and interviews
  • Negative urine drug screen

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Pregnant or nursing
  • Primary psychotic disorder; psychotic disorder; or cognitive disorder.
  • Prominent suicidal or homicidal ideation
  • Alcohol or substance dependence within 3 months of starting study
  • Primary anxiety disorder or bipolar disorder
  • Patients currently being treated with antipsychotic medication
  • Patients in active psychotherapy aimed at PTSD
  • Combat-related PTSD
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00133822

United States, Georgia
Emory University School of Medicine
Atlanta, Georgia, United States, 30322
United States, North Carolina
Duke University Medical Center South
Durham, North Carolina, United States, 27710
United States, South Carolina
Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina, United States
Sponsors and Collaborators
Emory University
Janssen, LP
Principal Investigator: Barbara O Rothbaum, PHD Emory University
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Barbara O. Rothbaum, PhD, Professor, Emory University Identifier: NCT00133822     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 0184-2004
RIS-EMR-4005 ( Other Identifier: Other )
Study First Received: August 22, 2005
Last Updated: August 18, 2015

Keywords provided by Barbara O. Rothbaum, PhD, Emory University:
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Stress Disorders, Traumatic
Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic
Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders
Mental Disorders
Serotonin Antagonists
Serotonin Agents
Neurotransmitter Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Antipsychotic Agents
Tranquilizing Agents
Central Nervous System Depressants
Psychotropic Drugs
Dopamine Antagonists
Dopamine Agents
Antidepressive Agents
Serotonin Uptake Inhibitors
Neurotransmitter Uptake Inhibitors
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