Liquid Risperidone in the Treatment of Acute Agitation in Psychiatrically Hospitalized Children

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First received: November 12, 2008
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Last verified: November 2008
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The goal of this study is to demonstrate safety and efficacy of liquid risperidone in psychiatrically hospitalized children, ages 4-12, who would be put in seclusion or restraint, or given an intramuscular injection of diphenhydramine because of their out-of-control behavior if not medicated with risperidone. The first part of the study will: 1) develop appropriate oral doses of medication to reduce out of control or agitated behavior effectively with the fewest side effects, and 2) develop a rating system to measure the children's behavior i.e. level of improvement, sedation, and untoward effects.

Condition Intervention Phase
Drug: risperidone
Phase 4

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Liquid Risperidone in the Treatment of Acute Agitation in Psychiatrically Hospitalized Children

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • reduced time to end of agitation episode compared to unmedicated agitation episode [ Time Frame: Duration of "time out" or time in seclusion ]

Enrollment: 24
Study Start Date: January 2003
Study Completion Date: December 2004
Primary Completion Date: June 2004 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Intervention Details:
    Drug: risperidone
    liquid risperidone was administered on a mg/kg basis to a child needing seclusion. 0.015mg/kg was the start dose. Dose was increased to 0.02mg/kg if duration of episode was >30 minutes.
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Ages Eligible for Study:   4 Years to 12 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • consented, psychiatrically hospitalized child between the ages of 4-12 whose agitated behavior would otherwise require seclusion

Exclusion Criteria:

  • prior side effects taking risperidone
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00790075

United States, New York
StonyBrook University Hospital (StonyBrook University School of Medicine)
StonyBrook, New York, United States, 11794
Sponsors and Collaborators
Stony Brook University
Principal Investigator: Gabrielle A Carlson, MD StonyBrook University School of Medicine
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Responsible Party: Gabrielle A. Carlson, MD, StonyBrook University School of Medicine Identifier: NCT00790075     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 20034920 
Study First Received: November 12, 2008
Last Updated: November 12, 2008
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by Stony Brook University:
Episodes of agitation regardless of diagnosis

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Psychomotor Agitation
Nervous System Diseases
Neurobehavioral Manifestations
Neurologic Manifestations
Psychomotor Disorders
Signs and Symptoms
Antipsychotic Agents
Central Nervous System Agents
Central Nervous System Depressants
Dopamine Agents
Dopamine Antagonists
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Neurotransmitter Agents
Pharmacologic Actions
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Psychotropic Drugs
Serotonin Agents
Serotonin Antagonists
Therapeutic Uses
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