Naltrexone for At-Risk and Problem Drinking in Smoking Cessation Treatment
To test whether naltrexone compared to placebo can reduce heavy drinking and improve smoking cessation outcomes in heavy drinkers seeking smoking cessation treatment.
|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:||Naltrexone for At-Risk and Problem Drinking in Smoking Cessation Treatment|
- Percent heavy drinking days [ Time Frame: Across the 6 months following smoking quit date ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
- 7-day point prevalence smoking abstinence [ Time Frame: 2, 8, 16, and 26 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
|Study Start Date:||October 2009|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||November 2015|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date:||October 2015 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
50 mg daily naltrexone for 10 weeks
Daily 50 mg naltrexone
Placebo Comparator: Placebo
Daily matched placebo pill
Matched naltrexone placebo
A substantial portion of individuals seeking behavioral and pharmacological treatment for smoking cessation drink excessively with many reporting significant alcohol problems. Although these at-risk and problem drinkers are unlikely to choose abstinence from alcohol as a goal, many make substantial reductions in their drinking during and after their quit smoking attempt. Thus, the context of smoking cessation treatment offers a unique and valuable opportunity in which to apply brief interventions and pharmacotherapy to catalyze change in excessive drinking in a population with markedly elevated risk for negative health outcomes. In our recent randomized clinical trial, standard smoking cessation treatment that incorporated a brief alcohol intervention showed promise in reducing drinking as well as in improving smoking cessation outcomes among heavy drinkers. However, these effects were relatively modest, especially among the heaviest drinkers, indicating that further study is warranted of methods to address heavy drinking in smoking cessation including the use of relevant pharmacotherapy. Naltrexone, in particular, shows promise for this purpose.
The overall aim of this project is to test the efficacy of naltrexone as a pharmacotherapy for excessive drinking when delivered to at-risk or problem drinkers who are seeking smoking cessation treatment. The proposed clinical trial uses a between-subjects design in which 300 at-risk or problem drinkers seeking treatment for smoking cessation will be randomly assigned to receive either daily 50 mg naltrexone or placebo. Medication will be initiated 2 weeks prior to participants' smoking quit date and continue for 10 weeks. All participants also will receive transdermal nicotine patch and a counseling and medication management intervention that provides advice for smoking cessation, advice regarding the effects of heavy drinking on both smoking cessation and health, and monitoring and encouragement of compliance with medications. Drinking and smoking outcomes will be assessed at 2, 8, 16, and 26 weeks after participants' smoking quit date. The primary aim of the study is to test the hypothesis that naltrexone will result in greater reductions in heavy drinking relative to placebo. The secondary aim will test whether naltrexone results in superior smoking outcomes relative to placebo, and tertiary aims will examine interrelationships among motivation for changing drinking, compliance with naltrexone, and drinking and smoking outcomes.
This study represents the first of its kind to provide naltrexone in conjunction with an opportunistic brief alcohol intervention for at-risk and problem drinkers not seeking alcohol treatment. Testing the potential benefits of naltrexone among at-risk and problem drinkers who smoke is of very high significance for public health efforts to reduce the markedly elevated rates of morbidity and mortality observed in this large, yet relatively understudied group.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00938886
|United States, Rhode Island|
|Providence, Rhode Island, United States, 02912|
|Principal Investigator:||Christopher W. Kahler, Ph.D.||Brown University|