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Study of Mood Effects of Varenicline (Chantix) in Depressed Outpatient Smokers

This study has been completed.
Brown University
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Butler Hospital Identifier:
First received: September 4, 2007
Last updated: October 3, 2014
Last verified: October 2014

This study will assess whether varenicline (chantix) has antidepressant properties when used in addition to other psychiatric medication. It will also assess whether varenicline improves the inability to feel pleasure (i.e. anhedonia), and if it is well-tolerated when used with psychiatric medications.

Enrolled patients will be assessed for improved mood, improved anhedonia, overall sense of health, side effects as well as tobacco use for 6-8 weeks.

Medication will be provided free of charge.

Condition Intervention
Depressive Disorder Smoking Drug: fixed dose varenicline Drug: varenicline

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Systematic Assessment of Response to Open-label Treatment With Varenicline in Depressed Outpatient Smokers

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Further study details as provided by Butler Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Change in Quick Inventory of Depressive Symptoms, 16 Question Self-report [ Time Frame: Baseline and every 2 weeks until 8 weeks or study endpoint ]

    this is a 16-item self report questionnaire that measures depressive symptoms.

    Improvement is reported in change in depressive score

    score ranges from 0-27, with higher numbers indicating more severe symptom reporting.

    change is calculated by baseline plus/minus the value at the later time point

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Improvement on Snaith-Hamilton Anhedonia Scale [ Time Frame: 6-8 weeks ]
  • Improvement on Patient and Clinician Clinical Global Impression Rating Scale (CGI) [ Time Frame: 6-8 weeks ]
  • Tolerability of Varenicline Measured by Adverse Symptoms Checklist (SAFTEE-SI LCN Modified) [ Time Frame: 6-8 weeks ]

Enrollment: 18
Study Start Date: September 2007
Study Completion Date: March 2008
Primary Completion Date: March 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
open label varenicline
Drug: fixed dose varenicline
varenicline 0.5 mg po daily for days 1-3, 0.5 twice daily for days 4-7, 1 mg twice daily thereafter for study duration.
Other Name: Chantix
Drug: varenicline
up to 1 mg twice daily
Other Name: Chantix

Detailed Description:

Outpatient smokers who are depressed despite current stable psychiatric medication regimens will be invited to participate.

They will receive varenicline dosed according to FDA-approved smoking cessation regime; patients will be assessed using QIDS-SR16, snaith-hamilton anhedonia rating scale, SAFTEE and clinical global improvement self-report scales and clinician global improvement scales at the above time intervals.

Concurrent medication, psychiatric and non-psychiatric, will be recorded, as will vital signs (BP, HR, weight) and tobacco use.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Meets DSM-IV symptoms criteria for a mood disorder including major depression [unipolar or bipolar], depressive disorder NOS, dysthymia, adjustment disorder with depressed mood, or substance-induced mood disorder.
  2. Failed to achieve full symptom remission with previous pharmacotherapy.
  3. Current tobacco users.
  4. Able to give written, informed consent.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Past adverse reaction to varenicline.
  2. Renal failure or dialysis.
  3. Current pregnancy or breastfeeding.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00525837

United States, Rhode Island
Butler Hospital
Providence, Rhode Island, United States, 02906
Sponsors and Collaborators
Butler Hospital
Brown University
Principal Investigator: Noah S Philip, MD Butler Hospital
Study Director: Lawrence H Price, MD Butler Hospital
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Butler Hospital Identifier: NCT00525837     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 0707-002
Study First Received: September 4, 2007
Results First Received: October 4, 2010
Last Updated: October 3, 2014

Keywords provided by Butler Hospital:

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Depressive Disorder
Mood Disorders
Mental Disorders
Behavioral Symptoms
Nicotinic Agonists
Cholinergic Agonists
Cholinergic Agents
Neurotransmitter Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Physiological Effects of Drugs processed this record on August 23, 2017