The Effects of Mirtazapine Versus Placebo on Alcohol Consumption in Male Alcohol High Consumers

This study has been completed.
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Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Sweden Identifier:
First received: April 1, 2009
Last updated: NA
Last verified: March 2009
History: No changes posted
The purpose of this study is to study the effects of 8 weeks of treatment with mirtazapine on alcohol consumption in alcohol high consuming men. This study is a randomized, double-blind placebo controlled clinical trial with parallel group design(N=59).

Condition Intervention Phase
Alcohol Dependence
Drug: mirtazapine
Drug: placebo
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: The Effects of Mirtazapine vs Placebo on Alcohol Consumption in Male Alcohol High Consumers; a Randomized Controlled Trial

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Further study details as provided by Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Sweden:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Alcohol consumption measured by alcohol diary (units/week). [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 59
Study Start Date: April 2004
Study Completion Date: February 2009
Primary Completion Date: July 2006 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: mirtazapine, tablet, 30 mg
Drug: mirtazapine
oral tablet, 30 mg daily
Placebo Comparator: sugar pill
Drug: placebo
oral tablet, 1 daily


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Male
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • 18-65 years of age
  • male sex
  • alcohol high consumption
  • signed informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:

  • psychiatric disorders (except nicotine and alcohol dependence)
  • severe somatic disorders
  • inadequate knowledge of the Swedish language
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00874003

Addiction Biology Unit
Gothenburg, Sweden, 413 45
Sponsors and Collaborators
Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Sweden
Study Director: Andrea deBejczy, MD Addiction Biology Unit
Principal Investigator: Bo Söderpalm, MD, PhD Addiction Biology Unit
  More Information

Responsible Party: Bo Söderpalm/ MD, PhD, sponsor, Addiction Biology Unit, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Sweden Identifier: NCT00874003     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: GOTABU-BO1 
Study First Received: April 1, 2009
Last Updated: April 1, 2009
Health Authority: Sweden: Medical Products Agency

Keywords provided by Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Sweden:
alcohol dependence

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Alcohol Drinking
Alcohol-Related Disorders
Chemically-Induced Disorders
Drinking Behavior
Mental Disorders
Substance-Related Disorders
Adrenergic Agents
Adrenergic Antagonists
Adrenergic alpha-Antagonists
Antidepressive Agents
Antidepressive Agents, Tricyclic
Histamine Agents
Histamine Antagonists
Histamine H1 Antagonists
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Neurotransmitter Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs
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