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Galantamine-CR and Cognitive Dysfunction in Bipolar Disorder

This study has been completed.
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Massachusetts General Hospital Identifier:
First received: September 12, 2005
Last updated: April 23, 2007
Last verified: April 2007
The purpose of the study is to determine whether the investigational drug galantamine-CR (Reminyl- Controlled Release capsule) is useful in improving problems with memory in bipolar patients with stable mood. This study is being done because a large proportion of patients with bipolar disorder experience significant memory problems, even when their mood is stable, after adequate treatment. These memory problems have been associated with poor daily social functioning. Studying galantamine-CR in this population may provide a new clinical way to combat memory problems in stable patients with bipolar disorder.

Condition Intervention
Bipolar Disorder Drug: Galantamine-CR

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment

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Further study details as provided by Massachusetts General Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • neurocognitive testing at last study visit (18 weeks)

Estimated Enrollment: 25
Study Completion Date: October 2006

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • DSM-IV diagnostic criteria for bipolar disorder
  • men or women aged 18-65
  • a baseline Hamilton-D17 score of < 10 at screen visit
  • a baseline YMRS score of < 10 at screen visit
  • no acute episodes of depression or mania for the previous 12 weeks.
  • written informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Subjects with current suicidal ideation
  • Pregnant women or women of childbearing potential
  • Serious or unstable medical illness, including cardiovascular, hepatic, renal, respiratory, endocrine, neurologic or hematologic disease; History of seizure disorder, brain injury, any history of known neurological disease (multiple sclerosis, degenerative disease such as ALS, Parkinson disease and any movement disorders, etc)
  • History or current diagnosis of any of the following DSM-IV psychiatric illnesses: organic mental disorder, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, delusional disorder, psychotic disorders not otherwise specified, major depressive disorder, patients with mood congruent or mood incongruent psychotic features, patients with substance dependence disorders, including alcohol, active within the last 12 months
  • History of multiple adverse drug reactions
  • Patients with mood congruent or mood incongruent psychotic features Subjects who are active smokers or who stopped smoking less than 3 months prior to enrollment; Clinical or laboratory evidence of hypothyroidism
  • Patients who have had an episode of acute depression or mania during the 12 weeks prior to enrollment
  • Patients who have had electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) within the 6 months preceding enrollment
  • Patients with physical contraindications to magnetic resonance spectroscopy (ferrous surgical clips, cardiac pacemakers, ferrous prosthesis)
  • Patients taking any of the following medications: other cholinesterase inhibitors, succinylcholine, neuromuscular blocking agents, cholinergic agonists (e.g., bethanechol), cimetidine, ketoconazole, erythromycin, fluoxetine, paroxetine, and fluvoxamine
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00181636

United States, Massachusetts
MGH Bipolar Clinic and Research Program
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02114
Sponsors and Collaborators
Massachusetts General Hospital
Principal Investigator: Dan V Iosifescu, MD Massachusetts General Hospital
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number): Identifier: NCT00181636     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2003P-000030/24
Study First Received: September 12, 2005
Last Updated: April 23, 2007

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar and Related Disorders
Mental Disorders
Cholinesterase Inhibitors
Enzyme Inhibitors
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Cholinergic Agents
Neurotransmitter Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Autonomic Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents
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