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Efficacy of Aripiprazole Versus Placebo in the Reduction of Aggressive and Aberrant Behavior in Autistic Children (Abilify)

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey ( University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey ) Identifier:
First received: April 30, 2007
Last updated: September 23, 2014
Last verified: September 2014

Hypothesis: (1) Aripiprazole treatment will be superior to placebo in reducing aggression and irritability in autistic individuals as shown by reductions in the Aberrant Behavior Checklist-irritability subscale.

(2) Aripiprazole treatment will be superior to placebo in the acute treatment of global autism severity.

The purpose of this study is to examine the possible benefit of the medication Aripiprazole in autistic individuals.

Condition Intervention
Drug: Aripiprazole

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: Efficacy of Aripiprazole Versus Placebo in the Reduction of Aggressive and Aberrant Behavior in Autistic Children

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Further study details as provided by Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey ( University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey ):

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Clinical Global Impression Improvement (CGI-AD) [ Time Frame: Administered weekly ]
  • Aberrant Behavior Checklist [ Time Frame: Administered weekly ]

Enrollment: 15
Study Start Date: May 2006
Study Completion Date: November 2009
Primary Completion Date: November 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Aripiprazole
Subjects in the experimental group will receive Aripiprazole
Drug: Aripiprazole
Subjects under 40 kg will be started on 2.5mg per day of aripiprazole or placebo for the first week and increased to 5 mg at week 2. If clinically indicated (partial improvement with minimal or no side effects), the dosage will be increased each week by 2.5 mg until they reach a maximum of 10 mg at week 4. Medication will not be increased after week four but may be lowered in the case of adverse effects. Subjects over 40 kg will start at 5 mg and be increased to 10 mg at week 2. If clinically indicated, they will be increased each week by 5 mg until they reach a maximum of 20 mg at week 4. After week 4, the subject will remain on the same stable dose, unless the dose needs to be decreased due to adverse effects
Other Name: Abilify
Placebo Comparator: Placebo
Subjects in the control group will receive placebo

Detailed Description:
Aripiprazole is an atypical antipsychotic medication which is currently approved for the treatment of schizophrenia in adults. Multiple clinical trials in both children and adults have shown the effectiveness in the treatment of autism with medications like Aripiprazole. This study aims at assessing the effect of aripiprazole vs. placebo treatment on symptoms of irritability and aggression associated with autism, as well as the effect on the global severity of child and adolescent autistic disorder. Children or adolescent outpatients, with age ranges from 5-17, will be enrolled into an 8-week placebo controlled, double blind treatment study. During the 8 weeks, patients will be monitored by the treating psychiatrist. Study assessments will be administered at designated time points.

Ages Eligible for Study:   5 Years to 17 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Meets DSM-IV, ADI-R criteria for autistic disorder.
  • Age 5-17 years.
  • Outpatients
  • Parent or legal guardian willing to sign informed consent.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Subject has been diagnosed with a psychotic disorder (such as schizophrenia) or a mood disorder, including depression or bipolar disorder (manic depression).
  • Subject has caused visible harm to him/herself.
  • Subject has an active seizure disorder or epilepsy (seizures within the past year).
  • Subject has an unstable medical illness, including heart disease.
  • Subject has experienced brain injury.
  • Subject has a history of diabetes.
  • Subject reports significant improvement of autism symptoms and behaviors to current medication or other therapies.
  • Subject has a history of prior treatment with Aripiprazole of 5 mg/day or higher for 6 weeks.
  • Subject lives in a far away area and/or does not have regular access to transportation to the clinical facility.
  • Subject is a pregnant female or unwilling to use acceptable contraception if sexually active.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00468130

United States, New Jersey
Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University Behavioral Health Care Building
Piscataway, New Jersey, United States, 08854
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
Principal Investigator: Sherie L. Novotny, MD Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, UMDNJ
  More Information

Additional Information:
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Responsible Party: University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Identifier: NCT00468130     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 0220055441
Study First Received: April 30, 2007
Last Updated: September 23, 2014

Keywords provided by Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey ( University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey ):
Global autism severity

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Antipsychotic Agents
Tranquilizing Agents
Central Nervous System Depressants
Physiological Effects of Drugs
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