Study to Investigate the Effects of Melatonin, Temazepam & Zolpidem on Sleep EEG in Men and Women
This study has been designed to compare the effects of melatonin with those of drugs (temazepam and zolpidem) regularly prescribed for the treatment of insomnia, in healthy, middle-aged volunteers.
The study will take place at one centre. Volunteers consenting to participate in the study will have their eligibility confirmed by a screening panel, including spending one night in the sleep clinic to acclimatize to the study procedures. Blood and urine samples will be collected during this overnight visit.
Volunteers continuing to remain eligible will receive, in turn, melatonin, temazepam, zolpidem and placebo as a single dose during 4 treatment phases lasting one night and separated by at least five days. Neither the volunteer nor the study staff will be aware of which drug each volunteer is receiving at each treatment phase.
The volunteer's electrical brain activity will be measured whilst sleeping. Other aspects of sleep, including measures of sleep quality, will also be measured. Urine samples will be collected during each treatment phase.
Volunteers will undergo an assessment of health prior to departure from the clinic at their last treatment phase, and study staff will telephone 2 weeks later to obtain further information on their health status.
The primary study objective is to compare EEG power spectra during nonREM sleep in the slow-wave frequencies following administration with melatonin to temazepam.
|Insomnia||Drug: Prolonged-release melatonin Drug: Temazepam Drug: Zolpidem Drug: Placebo to match melatonin, zolpidem and temazepam||Phase 1|
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Participant, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||A Randomised, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Four-Way Cross-Over Trial to Study the Effects of Prolonged-Release Melatonin, Temazepam and Zolpidem on the Spectral Composition of the EEG During Nocturnal Sleep in Healthy Middle-Aged Men and Women|
- EEG Power density in slow wave frequencies during NREM sleep [ Time Frame: Treatment Periods 1 to 4 ]
- EEG power density 0.25-32.0 Hz in NREM and REM sleep. EEG power density in the theta frequencies during the Karolinska Drowsiness Test. Objective polysomnography measures of sleep [ Time Frame: Treatment Periods 1 to 4 ]
|Study Start Date:||July 2009|
|Study Completion Date:||August 2009|
|Primary Completion Date:||August 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
|Experimental: Prolonged-release melatonin 2 mg||
Drug: Prolonged-release melatonin
2 mg tablet, once.
|Active Comparator: Temazepam 20 mg||
20 mg capsule, once
|Active Comparator: Zolpidem 10 mg||
10 mg capsule, once
|Placebo Comparator: Placebo||
Drug: Placebo to match melatonin, zolpidem and temazepam
Placebo to match melatonin: tablet, once. Placebo to match zolpidem: capsule, once. Placebo to match temazepam: capsule, once.
This four-way cross-over study has been designed to compare the effects of three drugs used in the treatment of insomnia on the brain electrical activity of healthy middle-aged volunteers during sleep. During each of four treatment phases, volunteers will receive either prolonged-release melatonin, temazepam, zolpidem or placebo, in sequence as governed by a pre-determined randomisation schedule.
The study will be conducted at a single centre clinical research facility (Surrey CRC).
Volunteers who are eligible following screening will be invited to return to the sleep clinic so that they may undergo a one-night period of acclimatisation to the study procedures (the polysomnography [PSG] screen, Visit 2). Following confirmation that the participant has adhered to the protocols restrictions, including tests for drugs of abuse and alcohol use, vital signs will be measured and the actigraph will be replaced. Twice before going to sleep and once on awakening, participants will complete a Karolinska Sleepiness Scale and undergo a Karolinska Drowsiness Test. Participants will then undergo polysomnography, a series of recordings of brain activity using electroencephalography and patterns of breathing, for an eight hour period of sleep. In the evening a cannula will be fitted so that repeat blood samples can be taken and this will be removed the next morning. During the course of the evening three urine samples and four blood samples will be taken for the purpose of assay for melatonin. Three additional blood samples will be taken during the night and urine will be collected. On awakening, urine will be collected and the participant's stability will be assessed using the Romberg test and the Heel-to-Toe Gait test.
Following the PSG screen, volunteers will then undergo four periods of study (Visits 3 through 6), each of one night and separated by at least five days, during which time participants will be administered either a single dose of prolonged-release melatonin or a matching placebo, and a single dose of temazepam, zolpidem or a matching placebo. During each of these periods, the same assessments as those conducted during the PSG screen will be repeated except that blood samples will not be drawn for melatonin assay.
Prior to departure from the sleep centre on each participant's last treatment period (or at withdrawal if earlier), a physical examination including measurement of vital signs will be performed, 12-lead ECG recorded and the clinical safety laboratory evaluations repeated.
Adverse events and concomitant medications will be recorded throughout the study from the time of screening to discontinuation.
Two weeks after the final treatment period, participants will be contacted by telephone to confirm whether they have experienced any adverse events since completion of the study.
A person's melatonin profile is widely recognised as a reliable marker of that individual's timing of the circadian clock. Study participants' plasma melatonin profiles will be measured during the PSG visit. Urinary melatonin will be measured during the PSG visit and all treatment periods.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00940550
|Surrey CRC, University of Surrey, Egerton Road|
|Guildford, Surrey, United Kingdom, GU2 7XP|
|Study Director:||Dr. Daryl Bendel, MBChB||Surrey CRC|
|Principal Investigator:||Dr. Malgorzata Knurowska, MD||Surrey CRC|
|Study Chair:||Professor Derk-Jan Dijk, Ph.D., B.S., M.S||Surrey Sleep Research Centre|