A Placebo-Controlled Study of Mirtazapine for PTSD
Objective: To study the efficacy and tolerability of mirtazapine (Remeron) in the treatment of PTSD.
Research Design: This is an 8-week randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled treatment trial of mirtazapine for the treatment of PTSD as defined on the Clinical Assessment of PTSD Scale (CAPS).
Methodology: After signing an informed consent and meeting all inclusion/exclusion criteria, the patient is randomized to either mirtazapine versus placebo for 8-week duration. During the study a pharmacist maintains the randomization log and verifies the order for the placebo or mirtazapine in look-a-like tablets. Patients' symptoms, side effects and compliance are assessed bi-weekly. Based on symptomology and occurrence of side effects, the investigator increases the medication in 15 mg increments, as tolerated, until a maximum therapeutic benefit is achieved, not to exceed 45 mg/day. The dosing is at bedtime. Compliance is assessed by bi-weekly pill count at week 4 and week 8. Patients are given supportive clinical management during the clinic visits. An investigator is available by telephone 24 hrs a day in case of emergency. Patients may be seen more often if needed. Efficacy will be measured by the following assessment scales: Montgomery-Asberg Depression Rating Scale (MADRS), Hamilton Anxiety Scale (Ham-A), Clinical Global Impression Severity of Illness (CGI-s), Clinical Global Impression of Improvement (CGI-I), Global Assessment of Functioning (GAF), CAPS, Treatment Outcome PTSD rating scale (TOP-8), and Davidson Trauma Scale (DTS).
Clinical Significance: Mirtazapine has shown promise in treating PTSD in an open label trial. This study is the next step in proving mirtazapine's efficacy in treatment of PTSD.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||A Placebo-Controlled Study of Mirtazapine for PTSD in OIF/OEF Veterans|
- Structured Interview of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (SIP) [ Time Frame: Primary outcome is measured at baseline and week 8 (primary endpoint) with primary outcome change scores calculated as week 8 minus baseline score. ]Structured Interview of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (SIP) is a 17-item clinician-administered scale for PTSD based on Diagnostic Statistical Manual-IV criteria. The SIP has excellent test-retest reliability (0.89; p=.00001), and internal consistency (Conbach α of 0.80). The SIP showed significant correlations with the DTS (r=0.67, p=.0001) and the Impact of Event Scale (r=0.49 p=.0001). Relative to the SCID diagnosis of PTSD, sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, negative predictive value, and efficiency values were 100% for all indices using a score of 20 on the SIP. Items are scored on a scale from 0-4 which are summed to yield a total score ranging from 0 to 68 (higher score means more symptomatic or worse outcome). A symptom is counted as positive if it is at least a 2 (moderate).
|Study Start Date:||April 2006|
|Study Completion Date:||June 2012|
|Primary Completion Date:||May 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Active Comparator: Arm 1
Mirtazapine initiated at 15mg qhs and titrated in 15mg increments to a maximum of 45 mg qhs as tolerated.
Other Name: Remeron
Placebo Comparator: Arm 2
Look-a-like placebo tablets under double-blind conditions
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00302107
|United States, Alabama|
|Tuscaloosa, Alabama, United States, 35405|
|Principal Investigator:||Lori L Davis, MD AB||Tuscaloosa VAMC|