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Topiramate for Treatment of Patients With Borderline Personality Disorder and Alcohol Dependence

This study has been withdrawn prior to enrollment.
(Recruitment not progressing as planned.)
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First Posted: April 20, 2007
Last Update Posted: January 31, 2012
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Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Elizabeth Ralevski, Yale University
The objective of the present study is to evaluate the efficacy of topiramate (250mg/day) versus placebo in decreasing aggression and reducing alcohol consumption in patients with borderline personality disorder (BPD) and alcohol dependence (AD).

Condition Intervention Phase
Alcohol Dependence Borderline Personality Disorder Drug: Topiramate Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Factorial Assignment
Masking: Triple (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Topiramate for Treatment of Patients With Borderline Personality Disorder and Alcohol Dependence

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Further study details as provided by Elizabeth Ralevski, Yale University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • drinking - measured using the TLFB [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ]
  • craving - measured using the OCDS [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ]
  • aggression - measured using the STAE [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • affect - measured using the Buss-Durkee Scale and Affective Intensity Scale [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ]
  • side effects - measured using the SAFTEE [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ]

Enrollment: 0
Study Start Date: March 2007
Study Completion Date: May 2009
Primary Completion Date: May 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Intervention Details:
    Drug: Topiramate
    SSRI plus topiramate SSRI plus placebo
Detailed Description:

Background: Borderline personality disorder (BPD) affects about 2% of the American adult population. It is a very serious psychiatric disorder that places heavy demands on mental health resources. Behavior dysregulation (impulsivity, self-injurious acts, drinking or aggressive behavior) is considered one of the main features of BPD and is associated with significant clinical morbidity. Alcohol abuse is common among patients with BPD, and the co-morbid rates of alcoholism in BPD patients are estimated to be 30%. It has been hypothesized that alcohol misuse may be a manifestation of BPD's behavioral dysregulation. Also, BPD and alcohol dependence (AD) share a common underlying neurobiology. The co-occurrence of these disorders has been associated with increased rates of alcohol relapse, impulsive behaviors, greater resistance to treatment, and suicidal behavior. Effective treatment for patients with BPD and AD would result in markedly reduced health care costs and a substantial reduction in human distress and suffering. Despite dramatic advances in the treatment of BPD, to date, no single medication or types of medications have been uniquely identified as effective in treating BPD. Studies treating patients with co-morbid BPD and AD are expressly lacking.

Research Design and Methodology: This is an 8-week double-blind outpatient clinical trial of oral topiramate (250mg) vs placebo in individuals with BPD and AD. The study will be conducted at the West Haven, CT VA. Thirty men and women with a current diagnosis of BPD and AD will be enrolled. The State-Trait Anger Expression Inventory (STAEI) will be used to assess 5 aspects of aggression: state anger, trait anger, anger expressed inwardly, anger expressed outwardly, and anger control before and during treatment (weeks 0-8). The Timeline Follow-Back (TLFB) method will be used to document the degree of daily alcohol consumption before and during treatment (90 days before treatment, and weeks 0 - 8). Emergent side effects will be assessed using the modified version of the Systematic Assessment for Treatment Emergent Events (SAFTEE).


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Ages Eligible for Study:   21 Years to 60 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Diagnosis of AD
  • Diagnosis of BPD

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Serious or unstable medical condition
  • Opiate dependence
  • Major Axis I disorder (bipolar disorder, schizophrenia)
  • Taking mood stabilizers and antipsychotic medications
  • LFT abnormalities that do not exceed 3 times normal values
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00463775

Sponsors and Collaborators
Elizabeth Ralevski
Principal Investigator: Elizabeth Ralevski, Ph.D. Yale University
  More Information

Responsible Party: Elizabeth Ralevski, Assistant Professor, Yale University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00463775     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 0702002346
First Submitted: April 18, 2007
First Posted: April 20, 2007
Last Update Posted: January 31, 2012
Last Verified: January 2012

Keywords provided by Elizabeth Ralevski, Yale University:
Alcohol Dependence
Borderline Personality Disorder

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Personality Disorders
Borderline Personality Disorder
Pathologic Processes
Alcohol-Related Disorders
Substance-Related Disorders
Chemically-Induced Disorders
Mental Disorders
Anti-Infective Agents, Local
Anti-Infective Agents
Central Nervous System Depressants
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Neuroprotective Agents
Protective Agents
Anti-Obesity Agents