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Memantine in Adult Autism Spectrum Disorder

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified March 2010 by Johns Hopkins University.
Recruitment status was:  Enrolling by invitation
Forest Laboratories
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Johns Hopkins University Identifier:
First received: March 1, 2010
Last updated: NA
Last verified: March 2010
History: No changes posted
The purpose of this study is to see if memantine is helpful in managing problematic symptoms in adults with autism, Asperger's disorder, or Pervasive Developmental Disorder NOS.

Condition Intervention
Autism Asperger's Disorder Pervasive Developmental Disorder NOS Drug: memantine Drug: Placebo

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Memantine in Adult Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Further study details as provided by Johns Hopkins University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Clinical Global Impression-Scale(CGI-S) [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ]

Estimated Enrollment: 20
Study Start Date: October 2009
Estimated Study Completion Date: April 2011
Estimated Primary Completion Date: March 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Placebo Comparator: Placebo
Treatment as usual plus placebo
Drug: Placebo
Look-alike placebo
Active Comparator: memantine
Treatment as usual plus memantine
Drug: memantine
memantine 5-20 mg daily


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 85 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion criteria

  • Participant is currently in treatment in the JHBMC ASNC
  • Participant has a diagnosis of:
  • Autistic Disorder
  • Asperger's Disorder
  • Participant meets one of the following criteria:
  • CGI-S >= 4 (CGI-S: ________)
  • Participant has the following problematic behaviors (at least one) that might be expected to benefit from memantine:

    1. _____________________________________________
    2. _____________________________________________
    3. _____________________________________________

Exclusion criteria

The patient meets none of the following criteria (mark if absent):

  • Active seizures (Patients with a history of seizures, who have been seizure-free on an antiepileptic regimen for six months or more would be eligible).
  • Rett's Syndrome or Childhood Disintegrative Disorder
  • Active treatment with an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor
  • Prior or current treatment with memantine
  • Current treatment with lamotrigine
  • Genetic, metabolic or degenerative disorder (excepting Fragile X).
  • Brain malformation or known severe brain trauma
  • Pregnancy or breastfeeding
  • GFR < 30 mL/min
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01078844

United States, Maryland
Johns Hopkins Bayview
Baltimore, Maryland, United States, 21287
Sponsors and Collaborators
Johns Hopkins University
Forest Laboratories
Principal Investigator: Eric Samstad, MD Johns Hopkins University
  More Information

Responsible Party: Eric Samstad, MD, Johns Hopkins University Identifier: NCT01078844     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: NAM_MD_69
Study First Received: March 1, 2010
Last Updated: March 1, 2010

Keywords provided by Johns Hopkins University:
Asperger's Disorder
Pervasive Developmental Disorder NOS

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Asperger Syndrome
Autistic Disorder
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Developmental Disabilities
Child Development Disorders, Pervasive
Pathologic Processes
Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Mental Disorders
Antiparkinson Agents
Anti-Dyskinesia Agents
Dopamine Agents
Neurotransmitter Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Physiological Effects of Drugs
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