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Effects of Duloxetine on Pathological Worry in Patients With Generalized Anxiety Disorder: A fMRI Study

This study has been terminated.
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Information provided by:
National Taiwan University Hospital Identifier:
First received: June 23, 2007
Last updated: December 21, 2008
Last verified: December 2008
(1) to compare the differences of neural activation of pathological worry between pre-treatment GAD patients and normal subjects; (2) to measure the differences of brain activation on worry in GAD patients before and after duloxetine treatment

Condition Intervention
Worry Anxiety Drug: duloxetine hydrochloride

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Basic Science
Official Title: Effects of Duloxetine on Pathological Worry in Patients With Generalized Anxiety Disorder: A fMRI Study

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Further study details as provided by National Taiwan University Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • difference of brain activation on worry [ Time Frame: two months ]

Enrollment: 23
Study Start Date: April 2007
Study Completion Date: November 2008
Primary Completion Date: November 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Intervention Details:
    Drug: duloxetine hydrochloride
    duloxetine 30 mg QD, may titrate to 30 mg BID, and maintain the dosage for 6 weeks
    Other Name: Cymbalta
Detailed Description:

The study will recruit 20 GAD patients and 20 healthy controls. Both patients and controls receive a medical and psychiatric screening procedure at visit 1 and are asked to complete three self-rating questionnaires and one health questionnaire at visit 1. All qualified participants will receive functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) at baseline.

The patients will begin treatment with duloxetine 30 mg/day at visit 2 and will be titrated to 60 mg/day at visit 3 (2 week since drug dispensed). The dosage will be maintained on 60 mg/day for 6 more weeks. During the period, the patients will receive periodic evaluations at visit 2 (0 week drug dispensed), 3 (2 week since drug dispensed), 4 (4 weeks since drug dispensed), and 5 (8 weeks since drug dispensed). The patients will receive fMRI examination at baseline and at the end of the 8-week treatment.


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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • DSM-IV criteria of generalized anxiety disorders with moderate degree
  • Participants above 18 years old

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Major depression
  • Panic disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Post-traumatic disorder
  • Eating disorders
  • Psychotic disorders; and
  • Alcohol or other substance use disorders
  • Neurological disease
  • Cardio-vascular disease
  • Respiratory disease
  • Head trauma
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00491348

National Taiwan University Hospital
Taipei, Taiwan
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Taiwan University Hospital
Study Director: Mei-Chih Tseng, MD NTUH
  More Information

Responsible Party: Mei-Chih Tseng/Attending psychiatrist, National Taiwan University Hospital Identifier: NCT00491348     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 950508
Study First Received: June 23, 2007
Last Updated: December 21, 2008

Keywords provided by National Taiwan University Hospital:
Generalized anxiety disorder

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Anxiety Disorders
Mental Disorders
Duloxetine Hydrochloride
Serotonin and Noradrenaline Reuptake Inhibitors
Neurotransmitter Uptake Inhibitors
Membrane Transport Modulators
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Neurotransmitter Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Sensory System Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents
Antidepressive Agents
Psychotropic Drugs
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