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Guanfacine to Treat Borderline Personality Disorder

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified July 2006 by Bronx VA Medical Center.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
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First received: July 31, 2006
Last updated: NA
Last verified: July 2006
History: No changes posted
This study is designed to investigate whether guanfacine (Tenex) is an effective treatment for borderline personality disorder (BPD), an illness often characterized by unstable mood and impulsive aggression. Guanfacine stimulates activity in the front portion of the brain, a region associated with attention and the control of behavior. We believe that guanfacine may improve symptoms of BPD by improving attention and aiding regulation of behavior.

Condition Intervention
Borderline Personality Disorder Drug: guanfacine (Tenex)

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Guanfacine in the Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder

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Further study details as provided by Bronx VA Medical Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • measures of impulsive aggression
  • measures of affective disturbance
  • measures of social and occupational functioning
  • measures of overall clinical status

Study Start Date: July 2006
Detailed Description:
This is an 8-week treatment study designed to test whether guanfacine is an effective treatment for borderline personality disorder (BPD). Prior to taking the study medication, subjects will have medical and psychiatric evaluations, complete self-report questionnaires, do a functional MRI scan, and complete a set of cognitive tests. While taking the study medication, participants will meet weekly with a study doctor and be administered interviews and questionnaires. At the end of the 8-week trial, participants will be asked to repeat the MRI scan and cognitive tests.

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 55 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria: This study includes men and women between the ages of 18 and 55 who meet criteria for borderline personality disorder with impulsive aggression.

Exclusion Criteria: Subjects must not currently be taking any psychiatric medications. Subjects must not meet criteria for current substance dependence, current major depression, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia-spectrum disorders.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00358969

Contact: Emily Hart (212) 241-4459
Contact: David Meyerson (212) 241-9734

United States, New York
Mount Sinai Hospital - Mood & Personality Research Group Recruiting
New York, New York, United States, 10029
Sponsors and Collaborators
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Principal Investigator: Antonia S. New, M.D. Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  More Information Identifier: NCT00358969     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: GCO 06-0518
Study First Received: July 31, 2006
Last Updated: July 31, 2006

Keywords provided by Bronx VA Medical Center:
borderline personality disorder
affective instability

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Personality Disorders
Borderline Personality Disorder
Pathologic Processes
Mental Disorders
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