Mecamylamine for the Treatment of Patients With Depression and Alcohol Dependence
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Mecamylamine for the Treatment of Patients With Depression and Alcohol Dependence|
- Number of Drinking Days [ Time Frame: 25 weeks ]Measured with time line follow back measures
- Depression - Measured Using the HAMD Total Score [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ]
The Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HAM-D) has proven useful for many years as a way of determining a patient's level of depression before, during, and after treatment. It should be administered by a clinician experienced in working with psychiatric patients.
Although the HAM-D form lists 21 items, the scoring is based on the first 17. It generally takes 15-20 minutes to complete the interview and score the results. The Scale ranges from 0 (normal) to >23 (Very Severe Depression)
- Mean Percentage of Number of Drinking Days by Smoking Status [ Time Frame: 25 weeks ]Two-way interaction between smoking and medication for percentage of drinking days captured by time line follow back surveys. Data are calculated as number of drinking days over the number of days in the study for smokers and nonsmokers receiving either mecamylamine or placebo.
- Mean Percentage of Heavy Drinking Days by Smoking [ Time Frame: 25 weeks ]The two-way interaction between medication by smoking status to measure percentage of heavy drinking days measured by time line follow back survey. Data were calculated as number of heavy drinking days (heavy drinking days is defined as 5 drinks on a single occasion for men and 4 for women) over the number of days in the study for smokers and non smokers receiving either mecamylamine or placebo.
|Study Start Date:||August 2007|
|Study Completion Date:||July 2014|
|Primary Completion Date:||July 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Mecamylamine is a noncompetitive, high-affinity nAChR antagonist with low selectivity for the alpha-7 receptor. Those receiving mecamylamine started at 2.5mg once daily (second dose was placebo). The dose was increased to 5.0 mg twice daily over 3 weeks.
mecamylamine 10mg/day for 12 weeks
Placebo Comparator: Placebo
Placebo capsules were prepared by the pharmacy and were identical in size and color to the medication capsules.
Depression with co-morbid alcohol dependence is very prevalent and it is very costly to treat. The co occurrence of the two disorders leads to greater severity and worse long-term outcome, including suicide. Although a number of treatment strategies have been implemented for depressed patients with alcohol dependence the controversy concerning best treatment options for those patients persists.
The clinical relationship between depression and alcohol dependence suggests some common mechanism underlying both disorders. It has been hypothesized that medications that block presynaptic nAChR may be effective in the treatment of alcoholism and depression. Mecamylamine (Inversine ®) is a noncompetitive, high affinity nAChR antagonist with low selectivity for the alpha-7 receptor. Mecamylamine has never been investigated as an effective adjunct treatment for dually diagnosed patients with depression and alcohol dependence. Methods: Thirty participants with a current diagnosis of depression and alcohol dependence will be recruited for this 12-week treatment study. Fifteen participants will be randomized to mecamylamine and fifteen to placebo. Participants will be included in the study if: they meet current DSM-IV criteria for Major Depression and Alcohol Dependence and have been on a stable SSRI dose for 2 weeks. All participants will come weekly to take their medications and complete weekly assessments. Weekly assessments will consist of questioners that will assess depressive symptoms and alcohol consumption over the entire treatment period. Significance: This study is the first to evaluate the efficacy of mecamylamine as an augmenting agent for treatment of depression and alcohol dependence.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00563797
|United States, Connecticut|
|VA Connecticut Healthcare System|
|West Haven, Connecticut, United States, 06516|
|Principal Investigator:||Elizabeth Ralevski, Ph.D.||Yale University|