Adjunctive Pregnenolone in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Depression in Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) Veterans

This study has been withdrawn prior to enrollment.
(PI turned down funding.)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Department of Veterans Affairs Identifier:
First received: October 7, 2009
Last updated: October 23, 2014
Last verified: October 2014

This study will be an 8-week randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial of pregnenolone administered adjunctively to treatment as usual in PTSD and depression in OEF/OIF Veterans.

Condition Intervention Phase
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
Major Depressive Disorder
Drug: pregnenolone
Drug: placebo
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double-Blind
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Adjunctive Pregnenolone in PTSD and Depression in OEF/OIF Veterans

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Further study details as provided by Department of Veterans Affairs:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Clinician Administered PTSD Scale (CAPS) [ Time Frame: 8 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 0
Study Start Date: January 2010
Study Completion Date: May 2010
Primary Completion Date: May 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: Arm 1
adjunctive pregnenolone
Drug: pregnenolone
Administered adjunctively to "treatment as usual"
Placebo Comparator: Arm 2
adjunctive placebo
Drug: placebo
adjunctive placebo

Detailed Description:

PTSD and depression are critical areas of immediate impact to Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) Veterans. Current treatments for PTSD (which frequently co-occurs with depression) remain limited, with many patients remaining symptomatic despite single or combination administration of SSRIs, mood stabilizers, antipsychotics and sedatives/hypnotics. In addition, many patients treated for depression remain symptomatic. New interventions are thus urgently needed in PTSD with co-occurring depression to ensure optimal functional outcomes for our Service members and their families.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 55 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Diagnosis of PTSD,
  • diagnosis of MDD,
  • age 18-55,
  • no change in psychotropic medication for >=4 weeks,
  • no anticipated need to to alter psychotropic medication for duration of study

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Unstable medical/neurological illness,
  • diagnosis of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or other psychotic disorder,
  • cognitive disorder,
  • substance dependence,
  • positive urine drug screen at screening,
  • use of hormonal supplementation,
  • pregnancy/lactation,
  • female patients who are sexually active and not using acceptable non-hormonal birth control,
  • initiation/change of psychotherapy within 3 months of randomization,
  • recent/current electroconvulsive therapy,
  • regular use of opiates/barbiturates/benzodiazepines
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00993629

United States, North Carolina
VA Medical Center, Durham
Durham, North Carolina, United States, 27705
Sponsors and Collaborators
Principal Investigator: Victoria M Payne, MD MS VA Medical Center, Durham
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Department of Veterans Affairs Identifier: NCT00993629     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: B7064-W
Study First Received: October 7, 2009
Last Updated: October 23, 2014
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government
United States: Food and Drug Administration

Keywords provided by Department of Veterans Affairs:

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Depressive Disorder, Major
Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic
Stress Disorders, Traumatic
Anxiety Disorders
Depressive Disorder
Mental Disorders
Mood Disorders processed this record on March 26, 2015