This site became the new ClinicalTrials.gov on June 19th. Learn more.
Show more
ClinicalTrials.gov Menu IMPORTANT: Listing of a study on this site does not reflect endorsement by the National Institutes of Health. Talk with a trusted healthcare professional before volunteering for a study. Read more...
ClinicalTrials.gov Menu IMPORTANT: Talk with a trusted healthcare professional before volunteering for a study. Read more...
ClinicalTrials.gov Menu
Give us feedback

Ketamine Therapy Plus or Minus Naltrexone in Treatment-Resistant Depression (TRD) (Ket_Nal)

This study is currently recruiting participants.
See Contacts and Locations
Verified January 2017 by Nolan Williams, Stanford University
Sponsor:
Collaborator:
Schatzberg, Alan, M.D.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Nolan Williams, Stanford University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT02911597
First received: April 23, 2016
Last updated: January 9, 2017
Last verified: January 2017
  Purpose
The primary objective is to determine if the opioid properties of ketamine are responsible for its antidepressant effects. Since naltrexone can block opiate actions, the investigators will determine if naltrexone can effectively block ketamine's effects.

Condition Intervention Phase
Depression Drug: Naltrexone Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial of Ketamine Therapy in Treatment-Resistant Depression (TRD)

Resource links provided by NLM:


Further study details as provided by Nolan Williams, Stanford University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Level of Depression as assessed by the HAM-D [ Time Frame: Day 1-7 ]
    Compare Hamilton of Naltrexone versus Placebo administered during ketamine infusion for depression.


Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Level of Depression as assessed by the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) [ Time Frame: Day 1-7 ]
    Compare Beck of Naltrexone versus Placebo administered during ketamine infusion for depression.


Estimated Enrollment: 30
Study Start Date: September 2016
Estimated Study Completion Date: September 2018
Estimated Primary Completion Date: September 2018 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: A: Ketamine + Naltrexone or placebo

Patients will receive two infusions of Ketamine 0.5mg/kg divided into two phases Phase A and Phase B, which are separated by 30 days.

Patients will be randomly assigned to receive either Naltrexone 50 mg or a matched placebo in both Phase A and B. The Naltrexone or placebo will be given 45 min prior to the administration of ketamine 0.5 mg/kg (e.g. patient X assigned to arm X. Arm X is assigned to Ketamine 0.5mg/kg plus Naltrexone 50 mg during Phase A then when transitioning to Phase B they would receive Ketamine 0.5mg/kg plus a matched placebo). In Phase A will then be followed for 30 days with study assessments to examine the durability of Ketamine effects then once at day 30 for transition.

Drug: Naltrexone
adding naltrexone (or placebo) to a ketamine infusion to potentially block the effects of ketamine as an anti depressant.
Other Name: Revia
Experimental: B: Ketamine + Naltrexone or placebo

Patients will receive two infusions of Ketamine 0.5mg/kg divided into two phases Phase A and Phase B, which are separated by 30 days.

Patients will be randomly assigned to receive either Naltrexone 50 mg or a matched placebo in both Phase B and A. The Naltrexone or placebo will be given 45 min prior to the administration of ketamine 0.5 mg/kg (e.g. patient X assigned to arm X. Arm X is assigned to Ketamine 0.5mg/kg plus Naltrexone 50 mg during Phase A then when transitioning to Phase B they would receive Ketamine 0.5mg/kg plus a matched placebo). In Phase B will then be followed for 30 days with study assessments to examine the durability of Ketamine effects then once at day 30 for transition.

Drug: Naltrexone
adding naltrexone (or placebo) to a ketamine infusion to potentially block the effects of ketamine as an anti depressant.
Other Name: Revia

Detailed Description:

The primary goal is to determine if the antidepressant effects of Ketamine are mediated by an opiate mechanism.

Primary Objective:

To determine if the opioid properties of Ketamine are responsible for it's antidepressant effects by potentially blocking the antidepressant effects with a opioid antagonist naltrexone.

We will measure this objective by looking at the response on a scale called the 6- item Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression (HAM-D-6). Response is defined as a statistically significant greater decrease on the overall score on this scale, post infusion.

Secondary Objective:

This includes comparing a scale called Clinician Administered Dissociative States Scale (CADSS) on both of our patient groups, one group receiving Ketamine plus Naltrexone compared to the other group receiving Ketamine plus placebeo, to determine if naltrexone has any effect on CADSS as well as to determine if CADSS is associated with antidepressant response

Another secondary objective is to assess ketamine craving using the Visual Analog Craving Scale for Ketamine (VASK), after infusion and determine if there is a change in level of craving for the group that receives naltrexone.

Number of Subjects:

i) 30

ii) The subjects will be drawn from an outpatient sample of patients with MDD, diagnosed with the use of the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV Axis I Disorders(SCID-I/P), currently on a stable, adequate dose of antidepressant therapy, as defined by the MGH ATRQ, for at least 4 weeks or a history of intolerance to at least 2 antidepressant treatments.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 70 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

A subject will be eligible for inclusion only if all of the following criteria are met:

  1. Male or female, 18 to 70 years of age, inclusive, at screening.
  2. Able to read, understand, and provide written, dated informed consent prior to screening. Participants will be deemed likely to comply with study protocol and communicate with study personnel about adverse events and other clinically important information.
  3. Diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), single or recurrent, and currently experiencing a Major Depressive Episode (MDE) of at least eight weeks in duration, prior to screening, according to the criteria defined in the Diagnosis and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text Revision (DSM-IV-TR™). The diagnosis of MDD will be made by a site psychiatrist and supported by the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV-TR™ (SCID-I/P) or the M.I.N.I International Neuropsychiatric Interview a short, structured psychiatric interview.
  4. Has a history of TRD during the current MDE, as assessed by the investigator. TRD is defined as failure to achieve a satisfactory response (e.g., less than 50% improvement of depression symptoms), as perceived by the participant, to at least two "treatment courses" of a therapeutic dose of an antidepressant therapy of at least 8 weeks duration. The adequacy of dose and duration of the antidepressant therapy will be determined as per the Massachusetts General Hospital Antidepressant Treatment Response Questionnaire (MGH ATRQ) criteria. Participants must currently be on a stable (for at least 4 weeks) and adequate (according to the MGH ATRQ) dose of ongoing Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) or Serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI) antidepressant therapy, of which total duration must be at least 8 weeks. Participants may also have a history of intolerance to at least 2 antidepressant medications. These patients with the intolerance history will not be required to be currently taking an antidepressant medication.
  5. Meet the threshold on the total Hamilton Depression 17-item Scale (HAMD17) score of >/=20 at both screening and baseline visits (Day -5/-14 and Day 0).
  6. In good general health, as ascertained by medical history, physical examination (PE) (including measurement of supine and standing vital signs), clinical laboratory evaluations, and 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG).
  7. If female, a status of non-childbearing potential or use of an acceptable form of birth control per the following specific criteria:

    1. Non-childbearing potential (e.g., physiologically incapable of becoming pregnant, i.e., permanently sterilized (status post hysterectomy, bilateral tubal ligation), or is post-menopausal with her last menses at least one year prior to screening); or
    2. Childbearing potential, and meets the following criteria:

    i. Childbearing potential, including women using any form of hormonal birth control, on hormone replacement therapy started prior to 12 months of amenorrhea, using an intrauterine device (IUD), having a monogamous relationship with a partner who has had a vasectomy, or is sexually abstinent.

    ii.Negative urinary pregnancy test at screening, confirmed by a negative urinary pregnancy test at randomization prior to receiving study treatment.

    iii.Willing and able to continuously use one of the following methods of birth control during the course of the study, defined as those which result in a low failure rate (i.e., less than 1% per year) when used consistently and correctly: implants, injectable or patch hormonal contraception, oral contraceptives, IUD, double-barrier contraception, sexual abstinence. The form of birth control will be documented at screening and baseline.

  8. Body mass index between 18-35kg/m2.
  9. Concurrent psychotherapy will be allowed if the type (e.g., supportive, cognitive behavioral, insight-oriented, et al) and frequency (e.g., weekly or monthly) of the therapy has been stable for at least three months prior to screening and if the type and frequency of the therapy is expected to remain stable during the course of the subject's participation in the study.
  10. Concurrent hypnotic therapy (e.g., with zolpidem, zaleplon, melatonin, or trazodone) will be allowed if the therapy has been stable for at least 4 weeks prior to screening and if it is expected to remain stable during the course of the subject's participation in the study.

Exclusion Criteria:

A potential participant will NOT be eligible for participation in this study if any of the following criteria are met:

  1. Female of childbearing potential who is not willing to use one of the specified forms of birth control during the study.
  2. Female that is pregnant or breastfeeding.
  3. Female with a positive pregnancy test at screening or baseline.
  4. Total HAMD score of <20 at the screen or baseline visits.

6. Current diagnosis of a Substance Use Disorder (Abuse or Dependence, as defined by DSM-IV-TR™), with the exception of nicotine dependence, at screening or within six months prior to screening.

7. Current diagnosis of Axis I disorders other than Dysthymic Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, or Specific Phobia (unless one of these is comorbid and clinically unstable, and/or the focus of the participant's treatment for the past six months or more).

8. History of schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorders, or any history of psychotic symptoms in the current or previous depressive episodes.

9. History of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, or eating disorder not otherwise specified, within five years of screening.

10. Any Axis I or Axis II Disorder, which at screening is clinically predominant to their MDD or has been predominant to their MDD at any time within six months prior to screening.

11. Considered at significant risk for suicide during the course of the study according to any of the following criteria:

12. In the judgment of the investigator, the subject is at significant risk for suicidal behavior during the course of his/her participation in the study.

13. Has dementia, delirium, amnestic, or any other cognitive disorder.

14. Has a clinically significant abnormality on the screening physical examination that might affect safety, study participation, or confound interpretation of study results.

15. Participation in any clinical trial with an investigational drug or device within the past month or concurrent to study participation.

16. Known history or current episode of:

a. QTcF (a measure of the time between the start of the Q wave and the end of the T wave in the heart's electrical cycle-Fridericia-corrected) ≥450 msec at screening (Visit 1) or randomization b. Syncopal event within the past year. c. Congestive heart failure (CHF) New York Heart Association Criteria >Stage 2 d. Angina pectoris e. Heart rate <50 or >105 beats per minute at screening or randomization

17. Chronic lung disease.

18. Lifetime history of surgical procedures involving the brain or meninges, encephalitis, meningitis, degenerative central nervous system disorder (e.g., Alzheimer's or Parkinson's Disease), epilepsy, mental retardation, or any other disease/procedure/accident/intervention associated with significant injury to or malfunction of the central nervous system (CNS), or a history of significant head trauma within the past two years.

19. Presents with any of the following lab abnormalities w/in the past 6 months:

  1. Thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) outside of the normal limits and clinically significant as determined by the investigator. Free thyroxine (T4) levels may be measured if TSH level is high. Subject will be excluded if T4 level is clinically significant.
  2. Any other clinically significant abnormal laboratory result at the time of the screening exam.

    20. History of hypothyroidism and has been on a stable dosage of thyroid replacement medication for less than six months prior to screening.(Subjects on a stable dosage of thyroid replacement medication for at least six months or more prior to screening are eligible for enrollment.)

    21. History of hyperthyroidism which was treated (medically or surgically) less than six months prior to screening.

    22. Any current or past history of any physical condition which in the investigator's opinion might put the subject at risk or interfere with study results interpretation.

    23. History of positive screening urine test for drugs of abuse at screening: cocaine, amphetamines, barbiturates, opiates.

    24. Chronic use of opiates.

  Contacts and Locations
Choosing to participate in a study is an important personal decision. Talk with your doctor and family members or friends about deciding to join a study. To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the Contacts provided below. For general information, see Learn About Clinical Studies.

Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT02911597

Contacts
Contact: Jessica Hawkins, BS 650-723-8323 jhawk@stanford.edu
Contact: Nolan R Williams, MD 650-723-8323 nolanw@stanford.edu

Locations
United States, California
Stanford University Recruiting
Stanford, California, United States, 94305
Contact: Jessica Hawkins, BS    650-723-8323    jhawk@stanford.edu   
Contact: Heather Pankow, BS    650-723-8330    hsryan@stanford.edu   
Sponsors and Collaborators
Stanford University
Schatzberg, Alan, M.D.
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Alan Schatzberg, MD Stanford University
  More Information

Responsible Party: Nolan Williams, Principal Investigator, Stanford University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02911597     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 32105
Study First Received: April 23, 2016
Last Updated: January 9, 2017
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: Undecided

Keywords provided by Nolan Williams, Stanford University:
Ketamine
Naltrexone
Treatment-Resistant
TRD

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Depression
Depressive Disorder
Depressive Disorder, Treatment-Resistant
Behavioral Symptoms
Mood Disorders
Mental Disorders
Ketamine
Naltrexone
Analgesics
Sensory System Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Anesthetics, Dissociative
Anesthetics, Intravenous
Anesthetics, General
Anesthetics
Central Nervous System Depressants
Excitatory Amino Acid Antagonists
Excitatory Amino Acid Agents
Neurotransmitter Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Narcotic Antagonists

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on July 27, 2017