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Kudzu Treatment for Alcohol Abuse (KUDZU)

This study has been completed.
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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01596231
First Posted: May 10, 2012
Last Update Posted: October 21, 2014
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Collaborator:
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Scott Lukas, Mclean Hospital
  Purpose
This is a study designed to test whether a single administration of kudzu extract (2 mg) will significantly reduce the number of drinks consumed during a single 1 ½ hours drinking session when given as pretreatment 2 ½ hours before the drinking session.

Condition Intervention Phase
Alcohol Consumption Dietary Supplement: Kudzu Dietary Supplement: Placebo Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double (Participant, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Isoflavone (Kudzu) Extract Effects on Alcohol Drinking: Single Dose Pretreatment Study

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Further study details as provided by Scott Lukas, Mclean Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Drinking Behaviors [ Time Frame: Study end ]
    A variety of measures describing the drinking behavior will be analyzed with appropriate parametric tests (t-test, analysis of variance): number of beers consumed, weight and volume consumed, sip analysis (number, interlude), and latency (time to open first and subsequent drinks).


Enrollment: 20
Study Start Date: May 2010
Study Completion Date: July 2014
Primary Completion Date: May 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Placebo Comparator: Placebo
This is a study designed to test whether a single administration of kudzu extract (2 mg) or placebo will significantly reduce the number of drinks consumed during a single 1 ½ hours drinking session when given as a pretreatment 2 ½ hours before the drinking session.
Dietary Supplement: Placebo
Placebo will be administered as a pretreatment 2 ½ hours before a drinking session
Active Comparator: Kudzu
Kudzu 2mg
Dietary Supplement: Kudzu
Kudzu (2 mg) will be administered as a pretreatment 2 ½ hours before a drinking session to see if it will significantly reduce the number of drinks consumed during a single 1 ½ hours drinking session.
Other Names:
  • Kudzu root extract (NPI-031)
  • Puerariae lobata
  • Alkontrol-Herbal®

Detailed Description:
In a laboratory experimental setting, subjects will be treated with placebo or 2 grams of kudzu extract 2.5 hours before an afternoon drinking session. The investigators hypothesis is that the kudzu pretreatment will reduce alcohol consumption in this free choice, self-administration paradigm.
  Eligibility

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Ages Eligible for Study:   21 Years to 40 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Capable of understanding and complying with the protocol
  • Good physical and mental health (normal physical exam, ECG, blood and urine chemistries)
  • Body Mass Index between 18-30, inclusive
  • Age 21-40 years
  • Moderate to heavy alcohol drinkers (on the average 20+ drinks/week) or a self-reported pattern of incidences of binge drinking 2 or more times per week (4 or more alcoholic beverages in one sitting)
  • Have a stable living situation with current postal address

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Concurrent diagnosis of Axis I disorder
  • Current or past alcohol dependence; may meet criteria for alcohol abuse. Other drug dependence acceptable only if greater than 3 years.
  • Immediate family history pattern of alcoholism or problem drinking (parents or siblings)
  • Current drug abuse (other than alcohol or marijuana abuse). Past drug abuse is acceptable.
  • Subjects cannot be actively seeking treatment for any drug or alcohol dependence.
  • Subjects cannot use marijuana more than once a week. Marijuana abuse/dependence are acceptable if the use criteria is met.
  • Maintained on an antipsychotic or antidepressant medication; taking prescription medications except certain short-term anti fungal agents and some tropical creams for dermal conditions.
  • Tobacco use greater than 5 cigarettes per day
  • History of major head trauma resulting in cognitive impairment or history of seizure disorder
  • Heavy caffeine use (greater than 500 mg on a regular, daily basis)
  • Subject has active hepatitis and/or aspartate aminotransferase (AST), alanine aminotransferase (ALT) > 3x the upper limit of normal
  • For female volunteers, a positive pregnancy test
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01596231


Locations
United States, Massachusetts
McLean Hospital
Belmont, Massachusetts, United States, 02478
Sponsors and Collaborators
Mclean Hospital
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Scott E. Lukas, Ph.D. Mclean Hospital
  More Information

Additional Information:
Publications automatically indexed to this study by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Scott Lukas, Director, McLean Imaging Center, Mclean Hospital
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01596231     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2010-P-001099
Grant # AA10536 ( Other Grant/Funding Number: NIAAA )
First Submitted: May 9, 2012
First Posted: May 10, 2012
Results First Submitted: October 15, 2014
Results First Posted: October 21, 2014
Last Update Posted: October 21, 2014
Last Verified: October 2014

Keywords provided by Scott Lukas, Mclean Hospital:
Alcohol consumption
Kudzu extract

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Alcohol Drinking
Drinking Behavior
Ethanol
Anti-Infective Agents, Local
Anti-Infective Agents
Central Nervous System Depressants
Physiological Effects of Drugs