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Omacor for Perimenopausal Depression

This study has been withdrawn prior to enrollment.
Reliant Pharmaceuticals
Information provided by:
University of Arizona Identifier:
First received: August 15, 2007
Last updated: March 27, 2012
Last verified: March 2012
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Condition Intervention Phase
Depression Drug: Omacor (omega-3-acid ethyl esters) Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Omacor for Perimenopausal Depression

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Further study details as provided by University of Arizona:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Reduction of the initial HAM-D score by 50% or more at week 8 of the trial.
  • Reduction of the HAM-D score to less than 7 at week 8.
  • Clinical Global Impression change in score achievement to "very much improved" or "much improved" at week 8.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Decrease in the Greene Climacteric Scale by 50%.

Enrollment: 0
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Ages Eligible for Study:   40 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Women age 40 years old or older.
  • Subjects must have perimenopausal symptoms of at least 3 months duration, and which include irregular periods and/or hot flashes.
  • Subjects must have a minimum score of 15 on the Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression.
  • Subjects must be willing to be treated on an outpatient basis.
  • Subjects must provide written informed consent.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Subjects presently taking antidepressant medication.
  • Subjects currently using hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
  • Subjects currently taking omega-3 fatty acid supplements.
  • Presence of psychotic symptoms.
  • History of mania or hypomania.
  • Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression (HAM-D) suicide item score > 3.
  • Abnormal uterine bleeding (heavy or prolonged uterine bleeding, menstrual periods occurring more frequently than every 3 weeks, bleeding after sexual intercourse, spotting between periods) that has not been evaluated by a gynecologist.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00517972

United States, Arizona
Women's Mental Health Program; University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona, United States, 85724
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Arizona
Reliant Pharmaceuticals
Principal Investigator: Marlene P Freeman, M.D. University of Arizona
  More Information Identifier: NCT00517972     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: HSC#06-102;IND76801
Study First Received: August 15, 2007
Last Updated: March 27, 2012

Keywords provided by University of Arizona:
perimenopausal depression
major depressive disorder

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Depressive Disorder
Behavioral Symptoms
Mood Disorders
Mental Disorders processed this record on September 20, 2017