Study of an Evening Dose of Eszopiclone on Next Day Driving Ability & Psychomotor/Memory Function in Healthy Volunteers
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Male and female healthy volunteers. Patients must also possess a full current driving license (for at least one year), and be a regular car driver.
Condition or disease
Drug: EszopicloneDrug: Placebo
The study is a single centre, randomised, double blind, placebo controlled 2-way crossover design in a group of 32 healthy male and female volunteers. The medications under investigation are eszopiclone and placebo. Volunteers will receive the study medications and placebo on the evening of Day 2 of each treatment period. Performance will be assessed on Day 3 of each treatment period. Each treatment period will be separated by at least a 7-day washout period. This study was previously posted by Sepracor Inc. In October 2009, Sepracor Inc. was acquired by Dainippon Sumitomo Pharma., and in October 2010, Sepracor Inc's name was changed to Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc.
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Ages Eligible for Study:
18 Years to 55 Years (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
Aged between 18 and 55 years inclusive
In good health as determined by a medical history, ECG, haematology, blood and urine biochemistry and physical examination by the doctor
A body mass index greater than or equal to 18 and less than or equal to 30
Registered with a general practitioner (GP)
Hold a full current driving licence for at least one year, and be regular car drivers
Clinically significant use of psychotropic medication in the last three months. For example, this would include the prolonged use of antidepressants, antipsychotics, or antihistamines, but would exclude the occasional use of cold or flu remedies (which often contain antihistamines and/ or opiates)
The use of any other medication in the last two weeks with the exception of oral, transdermal, IUDs (progestogen only contraceptive e.g. Mirena), or depot contraceptives, non-steroidal analgesics (e.g. ibuprofen), and paracetamol
Significant history of mental illness, significant drug allergy, malignancy or chronic drug abuse (including alcohol)
Any subject with known hypersensitivity to any of the study treatments
A sleep/ wake cycle (e.g. shift work) liable to prejudice the results of the study
Pregnant or lactating females, and females of child bearing potential not using effective contraception
Volunteers who habitually smoke more than 5 cigarettes per day
Caffeine consumption of more than 5 cups or glasses per day
History of alcohol or drug dependence or intake of more than the equivalent of 14 units of alcohol per week for females and 21 units per week for males
Current participation in another clinical trial, or participation in a clinical trial within the last 90 days