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Trial of Pindolol Augmentation in Venlafaxine Treated Patients With Major Depression

This study has been terminated.
(lack of participants fulfilling inclusion criteria)
Wyeth is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Pfizer
Tvergaards Foundation
Information provided by:
Hillerod Hospital, Denmark Identifier:
First received: September 7, 2005
Last updated: December 20, 2007
Last verified: December 2007

This study investigates the hypothesis that pindolol can accelerate the response to antidepressants in patients with major depression treated with venlafaxine.

Condition Intervention
Major Depression
Drug: Pindolol and venlafaxin

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Short Term Double Blind Randomised Trial of Pindolol Augmentation in Venlafaxine Treated Patients With Major Depression

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Further study details as provided by Hillerod Hospital, Denmark:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Hamilton Depression Rating Scale scores [ Time Frame: 1 week ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Preskorn scores [ Time Frame: one day ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 31
Study Start Date: August 2002
Study Completion Date: September 2007
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: A
Venlafaxine and pindolol
Drug: Pindolol and venlafaxin
pindolol 20 mg and venlafaxin 150 mg
Placebo Comparator: B
Venlafaxin and placebo
Drug: Pindolol and venlafaxin
pindolol 20 mg and venlafaxin 150 mg

Detailed Description:

Antidepressant therapy has a delayed onset of action of 4-6 weeks. Pindolol has in some studies shown an accelerating effect. In this study we investigate the effect of 20 mg of pindolol retarded formulation in combination with Venlafaxine compared to placebo Pindolol and Venlafaxine for a duration of 19 days.

Effect is measured by the Hamilton Depression rating Scale and the Preskorn Scale (self-rating).


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Major depression

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Allergy towards pindolol, venlafaxine or other tablet constituents
  • Liver or kidney impairment
  • Diabetics
  • Age below 18 years
  • Severe cardiac disease
  • Asthma.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00159146

Psychiatric Research Unit, Hillerod Hospital
Hillerod, Denmark, 3400
Sponsors and Collaborators
Hillerod Hospital, Denmark
Wyeth is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Pfizer
Tvergaards Foundation
Study Chair: Per Bech, Professor Psychiatric Research Unit, Hillerod Hospital
  More Information

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Additional publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Klaus Martiny, Psychiatric Research Unit, Hillerod Hospital Identifier: NCT00159146     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: version 5
Study First Received: September 7, 2005
Last Updated: December 20, 2007
Health Authority: Denmark: Danish Medicines Agency

Keywords provided by Hillerod Hospital, Denmark:
Major Depression
Major depression (DSM-IVR)

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Depressive Disorder
Depressive Disorder, Major
Behavioral Symptoms
Mental Disorders
Mood Disorders
Adrenergic Agents
Adrenergic Antagonists
Adrenergic beta-Antagonists
Antidepressive Agents
Antidepressive Agents, Second-Generation
Antihypertensive Agents
Cardiovascular 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 Antagonists
Serotonin Uptake Inhibitors
Therapeutic Uses
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