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Optimizing Pharmacotherapy for Bipolar Alcoholics

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Ihsan Salloum, University of Miami Identifier:
First received: March 9, 2006
Last updated: April 16, 2016
Last verified: April 2016
The purpose of this study is to test the efficacy of naltrexone and valproate in the treatment of comorbid bipolar disorder and alcohol dependence.

Condition Intervention Phase
Bipolar Disorder Alcohol Dependence Drug: Naltrexone hydrochloride Other: Placebo Phase 1 Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Optimizing Pharmacotherapy for Bipolar Alcoholics

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Further study details as provided by Ihsan Salloum, University of Miami:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Mean Number of Standard Drinks Per Drinking Day During the Last 4 Weeks of the Trial [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • % Subjects Abstinent [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ]
    Proportion of subjects abstinent during the last 4 weeks of the trial

Enrollment: 88
Study Start Date: May 2006
Study Completion Date: July 2013
Primary Completion Date: April 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Naltrexone add on to valproate
Naltrexone hydrochloride 50 mg capsule daily for 12 weeks add on to valproate
Drug: Naltrexone hydrochloride
Naltrexone hydrochloride 50 mg capsule daily for 12 weeks
Other Name: Revia
Placebo Comparator: Placebo add on to valproate
Placebo comparator one capsule daily for 12 weeks add on to valproate
Other: Placebo
Placebo arm

Detailed Description:
Bipolar disorder has the highest rate of association with alcohol and other substance use disorders. This complex clinical presentation is asociated with severe disabilities,morbidity and heightened risk for suicide. There is a significant gap in our knowledge regarding effective treatment interventions for this high risk clinical population. This proposal will test the efficacy of a promising pharmacological approach for the treatment of comorbid alcohol dependence and bipolar disorder. We propose a randomized, double blind, placebo controlled 12-week trial to test the efficacy of valproate plus naltrexone vs. valproate alone in decreasing alcohol use and stabilizing mood symptoms among patients with comorbid alcohol dependence and bipolar disorder. All participants receive supportive psychosocial treatment.

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Subjects will meet Diagnostic and Statistical Manual-IV (DSM-IV) criteria for current alcohol dependence and a concurrent bipolar disorder

Exclusion Criteria:

  • 1) Schizophrenia, schizoaffective and any nonbipolar psychotic disorder, unipolar major depression, primary anxiety disorder,mental retardation and signs of impaired cognitive functioning.
  • 2) Opiate dependence, abuse, or on opioid maintenance treatment for any reason and those with positive urine screen for opiate.
  • 3)Current DSM-IV criteria for dependence on substances other that alcohol, cannabis,nicotine or caffeine.
  • 4) Neurological conditions including epilepsy, history of brain injury,encephalitis or any organic brain syndrome or documented focally abnormal EEG.
  • 5)Medical conditions including severe cardiac, liver, kidney, endocrine, hematologic, or other impairing medical conditions, or impending surgery
  • 6)Pregnancy
  • 7)Inability or unwillingness to use contraceptive methods
  • 8)Any medical condition or other reason that in the opinion of the investigator would prevent the subject from completing the protocol
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00302133

United States, Florida
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Miami, Florida, United States, 33136
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Miami
Principal Investigator: Ihsan M Salloum, MD, MPH University of Miami
  More Information

Responsible Party: Ihsan Salloum, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Miami Identifier: NCT00302133     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: RO1-AA015385-01 -Salloum
Study First Received: March 9, 2006
Results First Received: October 20, 2014
Last Updated: April 16, 2016

Keywords provided by Ihsan Salloum, University of Miami:
Alcoholism Bipolar Disorder Pharmacotherapy Naltrexone

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar and Related Disorders
Mental Disorders
Alcohol-Related Disorders
Substance-Related Disorders
Chemically-Induced Disorders
Valproic Acid
Narcotic Antagonists
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Sensory System Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents
Enzyme Inhibitors
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
GABA Agents
Neurotransmitter Agents
Antimanic Agents
Tranquilizing Agents
Central Nervous System Depressants
Psychotropic Drugs processed this record on June 23, 2017