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The Combination of Aripiprazole and Antidepressants in Psychotic Major Depression (Abilify)

This study has been completed.
Bristol-Myers Squibb
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
John D. Matthews, Massachusetts General Hospital Identifier:
First received: November 8, 2007
Last updated: July 11, 2012
Last verified: July 2012
The purpose of the study is to assess the safety and effectiveness of the combination of aripiprazole (Abilify) and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) in subjects with psychotic major depression.

Condition Intervention Phase
Psychotic Depression
Drug: Aripiprazole
Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: The Combination of Aripiprazole and Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI) Antidepressants in the Acute Treatment of Psychotic Major Depression: Efficacy and Tolerability

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Further study details as provided by Massachusetts General Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Depression and Psychosis Response Rate [ Time Frame: Baseline and 7 weeks ]
    This response rate refers to the percentage of patients who experienced a 50 percent or greater reduction in symptoms. Specifically, this refers to a 50 percent reduction in Hamilton Depression Rating Scale 17 (HAM-D-17) scores from baseline and no psychotic symptoms as measured by the Structured Clinical Interview for DMS-IV psychosis module. HAM-D-17 scores range from 0-50 with a score of >23 considered severely depressed and <7 to be mildly to not at all depressed.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Depression and Psychosis Remission Rate [ Time Frame: Baseline and 7 weeks ]
    This remission rate refers to a Hamilton Depression Rating Scale 17 (HAM-D-17) score of 7 or less and no psychotic symptoms as measured by the Structured Clinical Interview for DMS-IV psychosis module. HAM-D-17 scores range from 0-50 with a score of >23 considered severely depressed and <7 to be mildly to not at all depressed.

Enrollment: 16
Study Start Date: June 2003
Study Completion Date: January 2008
Primary Completion Date: January 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Major Depression with Psychotic Features Drug: Aripiprazole

Everyone in this study will receive aripiprazole and an antidepressant called a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). There is only one arm for this study.

Aripiprazole is an antipsychotic medication that has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of schizophrenia.

You will receive aripiprazole (Abilify) and one of the following SSRI antidepressant medications that will be determined by the study doctor and you: sertraline (Zoloft), citalapram (Celexa), or escitalopram (Lexapro). The dose of aripiprazole (Abilify) will be 10 milligrams a day, and the starting doses for the SSRI anti-depressants will be: sertraline (Zoloft) 50 milligrams a day, citalopram (Celexa) 20 milligrams a day, and escitalopram (Lexapro) 10 milligrams a day.

Other Name: Abilify


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 80 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Men and women aged 18-80 years, inclusive.
  2. Drug-free outpatients or inpatients meeting DSM-IV criteria for major depression with psychotic features.
  3. Inpatients who undergo a 5-7 day washout period of their medication while concurrently beginning one of the approved SSRI's and abilify.
  4. HAM-D-24 score > 16.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Pregnant women and women of child bearing potential not using a medically accepted means of contraception (oral contraceptives are allowed).
  2. Women who are breast-feeding.
  3. Patients meeting DSM-IV criteria for major depression without psychotic features, or psychosis without major depression at the screen visit.
  4. Patients with serious suicidal risk.
  5. Patients with a history of seizure disorder; unstable physical disorders (cardiovascular, hepatic, renal, respiratory, endocrine, neurologic, or hematologic); or any physical disorder judged to significantly affect central nervous system function.
  6. Patients meeting criteria for the following DSM-IV diagnoses: organic mental disorders; substance use disorders, including alcohol, active within the last 6 months; bipolar disorder; schizoaffective disorder; or antisocial personality disorder.
  7. Patients who are currently taking an antidepressant, antipsychotic, or mood stabilizing drug and who are responding to one or all of these medications. If patients are not responding to these medications, they may go through a washout period of at least one week under the supervision of a study doctor before entering into this study.
  8. Patients who are not able to read and understand the consent form, or who are not capable of understanding or giving informed consent to the procedures of the study
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00556140

United States, Massachusetts
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02114
Sponsors and Collaborators
Massachusetts General Hospital
Bristol-Myers Squibb
Principal Investigator: Matthews D John, MD Massachusetts General Hospital
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: John D. Matthews, Principal Investigator, Massachusetts General Hospital Identifier: NCT00556140     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2003-P-000990
Study First Received: November 8, 2007
Results First Received: June 1, 2012
Last Updated: July 11, 2012

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Depressive Disorder
Depressive Disorder, Major
Mental Disorders
Psychotic Disorders
Behavioral Symptoms
Mood Disorders
Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders
Serotonin Uptake Inhibitors
Antidepressive Agents
Neurotransmitter Uptake Inhibitors
Membrane Transport Modulators
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Neurotransmitter Agents
Serotonin Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Psychotropic Drugs
Antipsychotic Agents
Tranquilizing Agents
Central Nervous System Depressants
Serotonin Receptor Agonists processed this record on May 24, 2017