Effectiveness of Bupropion Combined With Behavioral Therapy for Treating Methamphetamine Dependence - 2

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00135785
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : August 26, 2005
Last Update Posted : January 12, 2017
University of California, Los Angeles
Information provided by:
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

August 23, 2005
August 26, 2005
January 12, 2017
October 2005
May 2007   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
  • Addiction severity, Week 16
  • Drug use, Week 16
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Effectiveness of Bupropion Combined With Behavioral Therapy for Treating Methamphetamine Dependence - 2
A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Evaluation of Bupropion vs Placebo for the Treatment of Methamphetamine Dependence
Methamphetamine is an addictive stimulant drug that strongly activates certain parts of the brain. The purpose of this study is to determine the effectiveness of bupropion in combination with behavioral therapy for the treatment of methamphetamine addiction.

Methamphetamine is a drug that causes excess amounts of the neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine to be released into the brain. This overload produces unusual alertness and feelings of elation. When the body undergoes methamphetamine withdrawal, it experiences a reduction in dopamine and norepinephrine. Bupropion is an antidepressant used for the treatment of depression and smoking cessation. Because it functions by increasing the release of dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain, bupropion is likely to decrease the negative effects of methamphetamine withdrawal. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the efficacy of bupropion combined with contingency management (CM) and cognitive behavioral counseling (CBT) as a means of treating methamphetamine dependence.

An initial 2-week screening process will involve participants providing urine samples and completing physical and psychological assessments. If deemed eligible for the remainder of this double-blind study, participants will be randomly assigned to receive either bupropion or placebo over the course of 12 weeks. Participants in both the bupropion and placebo groups will receive contingency management and cognitive behavioral counseling. Participants will report to one of two clinical research sites three times per week. At each visit, participants will be examined by the study staff, provide a urine sample, and receive individual cognitive behavioral counseling sessions. At the end of 12 weeks, treatment will be stopped. Participants will return to the study site 30 days later for evaluation and to be assessed for any possible lingering side effects.

Phase 2
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double (Participant, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
  • Drug: Bupropion
  • Drug: Placebo
  • Active Comparator: 1
    Intervention: Drug: Bupropion
  • Placebo Comparator: 2
    Intervention: Drug: Placebo
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May 2007
May 2007   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Meets DSM-IV criteria for methamphetamine dependence
  • Females must use an effective method of contraception

Exclusion Criteria:

  • History of or current medical condition that might interfere with safe participation, such as active tuberculosis, unstable heart or liver disease, unstable diabetes, symptomatic AIDS (non-symptomatic HIV infection is not an exclusion), or greater than 8 times the upper limit of normal in liver screening function tests (SGOT or SGPT)
  • Current neurological disorder (e.g., organic brain disease, dementia)
  • Major psychiatric disorder unrelated to substance abuse, such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder (assessed by the SCID and a medical history)
  • Suicide attempt within the month prior to enrollment and/or currently suicidal (assessed by the SCID and the BDI II)
  • Currently on prescription medication that might interact with the study drug
  • Currently dependent on cocaine, opiates, alcohol, or benzodiazepines, as defined by DSM-IV-TR criteria
  • History of alcohol dependence within past three years
  • History of seizure disorders
  • History of anorexia or bulimia
  • Current hypertension uncontrolled by medication
  • History of sensitivity to bupropion
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
18 Years to 100 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
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United States
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Dr Steven Shoptaw, UCLA Department of Family Medicine
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
University of California, Los Angeles
Principal Investigator: Steve Shoptaw, Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
September 2009

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