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Folate Supplementation in Schizophrenia

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00249288
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : November 7, 2005
Results First Posted : August 6, 2014
Last Update Posted : August 6, 2014
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Study Description
Brief Summary:
This study aims to examine factors potentially contributing to differences in blood folate, homocysteine or B12 levels between schizophrenia patients, to test the hypothesis that low folate is associated with negative symptoms, and to examine the efficacy of folate supplementation for reducing negative symptoms.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Schizophrenia Drug: Folate Drug: Placebo Phase 4

Detailed Description:

This study is a three-month, placebo-controlled trial of folate 2mg/d in 50 schizophrenia patients who score at least a 3 (moderate or greater severity) on at least one of the SANS global assessment subscales, with the exception of the attention global assessment subscale. The specific aims of this study are:

  • To examine factors potentially contributing to differences in blood folate, homocysteine or B12 levels between patients at baseline, including dietary intake and cigarette smoking.
  • To test the hypothesis that low folate is associated with negative symptoms by examining correlations between red blood cell folate concentrations and clinical ratings of negative symptoms and by comparing folate concentrations in deficit syndrome versus non-deficit syndrome patients. We will also control for dietary intake cigarettes smoking, gender, and age.
  • To examine the efficacy of folate supplementation for reducing negative symptoms

Study Design

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 46 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Quadruple (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Folate Supplementation in Schizophrenia
Study Start Date : December 2003
Primary Completion Date : June 2008
Study Completion Date : June 2008

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Arms and Interventions

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Folate
Participants will receive a 2 mg/ day dose of folate, for 12 weeks
Drug: Folate
Folic acid taken as 2, 1mg capsule daily for 12 weeks
Other Name: Folate or folic acid
Placebo Comparator: Placebo
Participants will receive a 2 mg/ day dose of placebo, for 12 weeks
Drug: Placebo
Placebo taken as 2, 1mg capsule daily for 12 weeks


Outcome Measures

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Correlation Between Baseline Blood Folate, Homocysteine or B12 Levels and Dietary Intake or Cigarette Smoking [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ]
  2. Efficacy of Folate Supplementation for Reducing Negative Symptoms as Measured by the SANS [ Time Frame: Baseline score vs. week 12 score ]
    The change from baseline to week 12 on the scale for the assessment of negative symptoms (SANS) total score. Total SANS scores range from 0-100. The SANS is comprised of 5 sub-scales: Affective Flattening or Blunting (score range 0-35), Alogia (score range 0-20), Avolition-Apathy (score range 0-15), Anhedonia-Asociality (score range 0-20), and Attention (0-10). For each sub-scale, the higher the score the more prominent the negative symptoms were. The total score was computed by adding all the sub-scale total scores. To compute change in scores, baseline scores were subtracted from week 12 scores, resulting in a change score. Lower values signify greater improvement (i.e. week 12 score was lower than baseline score).


Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Correlations Between Red Blood Cell Folate Concentrations and Clinical Ratings of Negative Symptoms and by Comparing Folate Concentrations in Deficit Syndrome Versus Non-deficit Syndrome Patients [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ]

Eligibility Criteria

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 68 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Schizophrenia, any subtype
  2. Ages 18-68
  3. Male or female
  4. A score at least a 3 (moderate or greater severity) on at least one of the SANS global assessment subscales, with the exception of the attention global assessment subscale
  5. Stable antipsychotic dose for > 6 weeks
  6. Capable of providing informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Unstable medical illness
  2. Substance abuse
  3. Megaloblastic anemia
  4. Non-english speaking
Contacts and Locations

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Locations
United States, Massachusetts
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02114
Sponsors and Collaborators
Massachusetts General Hospital
National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Donald C. Goff, M.D. Massachusetts General Hospital
More Information

Additional Information:
Publications:
Responsible Party: Donald C. Goff, MD, Director of the Schizophrenia Clinical and Research Program, Massachusetts General Hospital
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00249288     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2004P-000495
First Posted: November 7, 2005    Key Record Dates
Results First Posted: August 6, 2014
Last Update Posted: August 6, 2014
Last Verified: July 2014

Keywords provided by Donald C. Goff, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital:
Schizophrenia
Negative Symptoms
Folate

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Schizophrenia
Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders
Mental Disorders
Folic Acid
Vitamin B Complex
Hematinics
Vitamins
Micronutrients
Growth Substances
Physiological Effects of Drugs