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Galantamine Effects on Cognitive Function in Abstinent Cocaine Users

This study has been completed.
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Mehmet Sofuoglu, Yale University Identifier:
First received: January 23, 2008
Last updated: June 24, 2013
Last verified: February 2012
To evaluate galantamine's effects on cognitive performance in abstinent cocaine users. Galantamine, a medication approved for treatment of Alzheimer's disease, is an acetylcholine esterase inhibitor. Galantamine also directly potentiates nicotine receptors. Both of these effects may result in improved cognitive performance in a group of subjects known to have impaired performance in various cognitive tasks.

Condition Intervention
Cocaine Abuse
Drug: Galantamine
Drug: placebo

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Participant, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Galantamine Effects on Cognitive Function in Abstinent Cocaine Users

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Further study details as provided by Yale University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Performance on 3 Cognitive Tests From the Cambridge Neuropsychological Test Automated Battery (CANTAB) - RVIP, PAL and PRM. [ Time Frame: Baseline, Day 5 and Day 10 ]
    Rapid Visual Processing test (RVIP) is a measure of sustained attention with a small working memory component that is sensitive to cholinergic enhancers. In the RVIP, subjects must detect either odd or even 3 digit sequences appearing in a box in a pseudo-random order at 100 digits per minute. Reaction time (RT) to correct answers, total hits, correct rejections and A' (sensitivity to target sequences) were determined. Paired Associate Learning (PAL) measures visual memory and new learning by testing a the ability to remember the initial location of a pattern after it is re-presented in the middle of the screen. Errors result in a reminder presentation of the original location. The stages completed and number of errors are measures of interest. Pattern Recognition Memory (PRM) tests visual pattern recognition memory in a two choice forced discrimination paradigm. 12 visual patterns are presented, then the subject must choose between each of these patterns and a novel pattern.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Performance on the Sustained Attention to Response Task (SART). [ Time Frame: Baseline, Day 5 and Day 10 ]

    The SART is a Go / NoGo task measuring the ability to activate or inhibit responses. Cocaine users are know to have deficits in response inhibition on such tasks. The number of errors on NoGo and Go trials, as well as the mean reaction time (RT in milliseconds) for correct responses on Go Trials were measured.

    Complete data for 3 subjects in the Placebo group, and for 1 subject in the galantamine group were not capture do to experimenter and computer errors.

  • Performance on the Modified Stroop Task (Cocaine-Stroop) [ Time Frame: Baseline, Day 5 and Day 10 ]
    The Cocaine-Stroop task measures attention capture (attentional bias) secondary to cocaine cues; (Stroop effect - calculated as the difference between mean RT on cocaine words and mean RT on control words). Subjects completed 2 counterbalanced blocks (150 trials per block). One block contained 15 cocaine words and neutral words in a mixed order. The other block contained 15 control words matched in length and frequency to cocaine words, and a different set of neutral words. Subjects were required to indicate the colors in which the words were written as quickly and accurately as possible. Reaction times for identification of word color was measured. In addition, the difference in RT to words following cocaine and control words were measured (carry-over effect). Complete data for 3 participants (2 placebo and 1 galantamine) were not capture due to experimenter and computer errors.

Enrollment: 34
Study Start Date: June 2007
Study Completion Date: February 2009
Primary Completion Date: February 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: Galantamine 8 mg/day
Galantamine 8 mg/day
Drug: Galantamine
Galantamine 8 mg/day
Other Names:
  • Nivalin,
  • Razadyne,
  • Razadyne ER,
  • Reminyl,
  • Lycoremine
Placebo Comparator: Placebo
Drug: placebo
sugar pill
Other Name: Sugar Pill

Detailed Description:

Galantamine, compared to placebo, will improve cognitive performance in abstinent cocaine users. The cognitive performance will be measured with the Stroop test and 3 Cambridge Neuropsychological Test Automated Battery (CANTAB) tests: Paired Associate Learning (PAL), Delayed Pattern Recognition Memory (PRM),and Rapid Visual Information Processing (RVIP). Performance on these tests has been shown to be impaired in abstinent cocaine users, compared to healthy controls.

Galantamine, compared to placebo, will not be associated with any significant changes in mood. Monitoring of mood will be achieved with 3 mood scales: 1) Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression (CES-D) scale, Positive and Negative Affect Schedule (PANAS) and the Profile of Mood States (POMS).

Currently this study is completed, Patients are no longer being enrolled. There were 28 completers. This study has been published.


Ages Eligible for Study:   21 Years to 50 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Male and females, between the ages 21 and 50
  • Fulfill criteria for past cocaine dependence
  • No cocaine use for the past 30 days
  • No other current dependence or abuse of other drugs or alcohol
  • No current medical problems and normal ECG
  • Not pregnant,nor breast feeding,
  • Using acceptable birth control methods.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Current major psychiatric illness including mood, psychotic or anxiety disorders
  • History of major medical illnesses; including asthma or chronic obstructive lung disease, history or current gastrointestinal ulcer, hepatic or renal impairment and cardiac rhythm disturbances
  • Use of other medications including,drugs that slow heart rate
  • Known allergy to galantamine
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00606801

United States, Connecticut
Veterans Affairs Hospital
West Haven, Connecticut, United States, 06516
Sponsors and Collaborators
Yale University
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Principal Investigator: Mehmet Sofuoglu, M.D., Ph.D. Yale University Associate Professor
  More Information

Responsible Party: Mehmet Sofuoglu, Principle Investigator, Yale University Identifier: NCT00606801     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: HIC # 0706002768
P50DA009241 ( US NIH Grant/Contract Award Number )
B Rounsaville ( Other Identifier: Principal Investigator of P50 grant )
Study First Received: January 23, 2008
Results First Received: February 8, 2012
Last Updated: June 24, 2013

Keywords provided by Yale University:
cognitive enhancers
Nootropic Agents

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Cocaine-Related Disorders
Substance-Related Disorders
Chemically-Induced Disorders
Mental Disorders
Anesthetics, Local
Central Nervous System Depressants
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Sensory System Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents
Vasoconstrictor Agents
Dopamine Uptake Inhibitors
Neurotransmitter Uptake Inhibitors
Membrane Transport Modulators
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Dopamine Agents
Neurotransmitter Agents
Cholinesterase Inhibitors
Enzyme Inhibitors
Cholinergic Agents
Autonomic Agents
Nootropic Agents processed this record on April 21, 2017