Triiodothyronine (T3) Supplementation in the Treatment of Bipolar and Unipolar Depression.

This study has been completed.
Stanley Medical Research Institute
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First received: September 8, 2005
Last updated: January 2, 2007
Last verified: August 2005
The purpose of this project is to determine whether concurrent treatment of patients with major depression (unipolar or bipolar) with triiodothyronine (T3) and sertraline, will lead to a stronger and/or more rapid antidepressant effect than treatment with sertraline alone.

Condition Intervention Phase
Major Depression
Bipolar Disorder
Unipolar Depression
Drug: triiodothyronine
Drug: sertraline
Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double-Blind
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Triiodothyronine (T3) Supplementation in Bipolar and Unipolar Depression: A Random Assignment, Double Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study.

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Response - HAM-D-21 improvement >50% at 8 weeks
  • Remission - final HAM-D-21 total <7 at 8 weeks

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Rate of change in HAM-D-21 scores over 8 week treatment period

Estimated Enrollment: 220
Study Start Date: October 2002
Estimated Study Completion Date: July 2007
Detailed Description:

AIM: To determine the therapeutic efficacy and adverse effects of triiodothyronine (T3) as a supplement to the treatment of bipolar depression (BPD) with a mood stabilizer (MS) (lithium - Li, valproic acid - VPA or carbamazepine - CBZ) and the specific serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), sertraline; and as a supplement to the treatment of unipolar depression (UPD) with sertraline.

METHOD: A random assignment, double blind, placebo-controlled trial separately evaluating patients with a) BPD who are treated with MS + sertraline + T3 or MS + sertraline + placebo and b) UPD who are treated with sertraline + T3 or sertraline + placebo, for up to 8 weeks in both cases. The design of the trial will permit both the outcome of treatment and the speed of response to be evaluated.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 70 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Diagnosis of Major Depressive Episode (MDE) in the context of Bipolar Disorder I or II (BPD-I or BPD-II) or Major Depressive Disorder (UPD), according to DSM-IV criteria, without psychotic features.
  2. Hamilton Depression Scale (HAM-D) total >16 with item 1 (depressed mood) >2.
  3. Age 18-70 years, male or female.
  4. Competent and willing to give written informed consent.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. No clinical hyper- or hypothyroidism nor other thyroid illness.
  2. No neurological or other physical illness that may impact upon the study or limit prescription of the study medications.
  3. No lifetime history of substance or alcohol dependence or of abuse in the preceding 12 months.
  4. No significant suicidal risk (HAM-D item 3 (suicide) <3).
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00158990

United States, New Jersey
Global Medical Institutes
Princeton, New Jersey, United States, 08540
Hadassah Medical Organisation
Jerusalem, Israel, 91120
Sponsors and Collaborators
Hadassah Medical Organization
Stanley Medical Research Institute
Principal Investigator: Bernard Lerer, MD Hadassah - Medical Organisation
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Additional publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number): Identifier: NCT00158990     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: BPL-0100-HMO-CTIL
Study First Received: September 8, 2005
Last Updated: January 2, 2007
Health Authority: Israel: Israeli Health Ministry Pharmaceutical Administration

Keywords provided by Hadassah Medical Organization:
major depression
bipolar disorder
unipolar depression

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Bipolar Disorder
Depressive Disorder
Depressive Disorder, Major
Affective Disorders, Psychotic
Behavioral Symptoms
Mental Disorders
Mood Disorders
Antidepressive Agents
Central Nervous System Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Neurotransmitter Agents
Neurotransmitter Uptake Inhibitors
Pharmacologic Actions
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Psychotropic Drugs
Serotonin Agents
Serotonin Uptake Inhibitors
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