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Assessment and Treatment of Caffeine Dependence

This study has been completed.
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Roland Griffiths, Johns Hopkins University Identifier:
First received: June 15, 2006
Last updated: March 6, 2013
Last verified: March 2013

Recent research has established that some individuals report that they are unable to cease caffeine use, despite feeling that caffeine is posing a health risk or causing significant impairment in their daily activities. Despite the high rates of unsuccessful efforts to cease or control caffeine use in the population, there has been little research on the parameters of successful caffeine reduction and no research on caffeine cessation.

The goals of the study are as follows:

  1. evaluate the applicability of DSM-IV dependence criteria for self-reported problematic caffeine use.
  2. evaluate characteristics (e.g, co-morbid psychopathology) of individuals who report that they have had difficulty quitting caffeine use on their own and who are seeking treatment for caffeine use.
  3. test the efficacy of a caffeine reduction treatment administered to individuals who would like to quit/reduce caffeine use, but have found it difficult to do so in the past.

Condition Intervention Phase
Self-identified Problematic Caffeine Use DSM-IV Substance Dependence as Applied to Caffeine Behavioral: Individualized caffeine cessation instructions Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment

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Further study details as provided by Roland Griffiths, Johns Hopkins University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • self-reported caffeine use [ Time Frame: as described in protocol ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • biological measures of caffeine use [ Time Frame: as described in protocol ]
  • mood questionnaires [ Time Frame: as described in protocol ]

Enrollment: 94
Study Start Date: May 2001
Study Completion Date: December 2009
Primary Completion Date: December 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
No Intervention: Delayed intervention control Behavioral: Individualized caffeine cessation instructions
Intervention is described in the protocol

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

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Consume >100mg caffeine per day
  2. 18-65 years old
  3. Medically healthy
  4. Self-reported problem with caffeine use.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Pregnancy
  2. Current dependence on alcohol or illicit drugs.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00338195

United States, Maryland
Behavioral Biology Research Center, Johns Hopkins Bayview
Baltimore, Maryland, United States, 21224
Sponsors and Collaborators
Johns Hopkins University
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Principal Investigator: Roland R Griffiths, Ph.D. Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  More Information

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: Roland Griffiths, Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins University Identifier: NCT00338195     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: BPR01-05-04-03
R01DA001147 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
Study First Received: June 15, 2006
Last Updated: March 6, 2013

Keywords provided by Roland Griffiths, Johns Hopkins University:
Caffeine dependence
Caffeine withdrawal

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Substance-Related Disorders
Chemically-Induced Disorders
Mental Disorders
Central Nervous System Stimulants
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Phosphodiesterase Inhibitors
Enzyme Inhibitors
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Purinergic P1 Receptor Antagonists
Purinergic Antagonists
Purinergic Agents
Neurotransmitter Agents processed this record on August 18, 2017