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Effectiveness of the Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor,Citalopram (Cipralex), in Prurigo Nodularis

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified September 2007 by Hadassah Medical Organization.
Recruitment status was:  Not yet recruiting
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Hadassah Medical Organization Identifier:
First received: September 19, 2007
Last updated: NA
Last verified: September 2007
History: No changes posted

Prurigo nodularis (PN) is a common dermatological disorder, manifested as scaly nodules which appear mainly on the extensor surfaces of the limbs. PN may appear secondarily to skin scratching in chronic hepatitis, liver cirrhosis, uremia, hypothyroidism etc. Nevertheless, in many cases no underlying physical disease is present. According to the literature, in fifty percent of the patients there is co-morbidity with depression, anxiety or somatoform disorders.

We hypothesize that a group of these patients may benefit from antidepressant therapy.

Condition Intervention
Prurigo Nodularis Drug: citalopram (cipralex)

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)

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Further study details as provided by Hadassah Medical Organization:

Intervention Details:
    Drug: citalopram (cipralex)
    10-20 mg/day, for 12 weeks.

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 70 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All

Inclusion Criteria:

  • prurigo nodularis
  • age: 18-70 years
  • agreed to participate

Exclusion Criteria:

  • younger than 18 or older than 70
  • pregnant or lactating women
  • chronic diseases: cancer, neurological disorders, diseases that are known to be associated with pruritus such as liver cirrhosis, uremia, etc.
  • sensitivity to cipralotam
  • psychosis, bi-polar disorder, substance addiction, use of antidepressant in the previous year
  • use of systemic therapies to prurigo nodularis such as thalidomide, cyclosporine
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00532519

Contact: Liran Horev, MD OO97226777111 LIRAN_CH@BEZEQINT.NET

: Hadassah Medical Organization, Not yet recruiting
Jerusalem, Israel
Contact: Arik Tzukert, DMD    00 972 2 6776095   
Contact: Hadas Lemberg, PhD    00 972 2 6777572    :   
Sponsors and Collaborators
Hadassah Medical Organization
Principal Investigator: liran horev, md Hadassah Medical Organization
Principal Investigator: rena cooper-kazaz, md Hadassah Medical Organization
  More Information Identifier: NCT00532519     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: horcoop-hmo-ctil
Study First Received: September 19, 2007
Last Updated: September 19, 2007

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Skin Diseases
Skin Diseases, Eczematous
Serotonin Uptake Inhibitors
Neurotransmitter Uptake Inhibitors
Membrane Transport Modulators
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Neurotransmitter Agents
Serotonin Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Antidepressive Agents, Second-Generation
Antidepressive Agents
Psychotropic Drugs
Antiparkinson Agents
Anti-Dyskinesia Agents
Autonomic Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents
Muscarinic Antagonists
Cholinergic Antagonists
Cholinergic Agents processed this record on August 18, 2017