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Effects of Vigabatrin on Cocaine Self-Administration

This study has been terminated.
(Funding ran out)
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
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New York State Psychiatric Institute Identifier:
First received: September 7, 2006
Last updated: September 22, 2009
Last verified: September 2009

September 7, 2006
September 22, 2009
April 2006
December 2006   (final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
  • Subjective effects
  • Cardiovascular effects
  • Cravings
  • Cocaine Administration
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Effects of Vigabatrin on Cocaine Self-Administration
Effects of Vigabatrin on Cocaine Self-Administration
The objective of this study is to determine if vigabatrin will decrease cocaine self-administration, cardiovascular effects, subjective effects and craving compared to placebo.
Two recent open label clinical trials have reported that the anticonvulsant, gamma vinyl-GABA (GVG; vigabatrin), decreases relapse to cocaine use (Brodie et al., 2003, 2005). Vigabatrin increases neural GABA levels by irreversibly inhibiting the primary GABA degradation enzyme, GABA-transaminase; the hypothesized mechanism by which vigabatrin decreases cocaine relapse is by increasing GABA levels, thereby decreasing the effects of cocaine and cocaine-associated environmental cues on extracellular dopamine concentrations in the mesolimbic dopaminergic pathway (Morgan and Dewey, 1998). We are proposing to use our model of repeated dose cocaine self-administration to assess the interaction between vigabatrin and smoked cocaine under controlled laboratory conditions. This 57-day outpatient/inpatient /outpatient/inpatient protocol will evaluate the effects of vigabatrin maintenance (0, 3 g/day) on cocaine craving, subjective effects, and self-administration using a within-subjects design. Non-treatment seeking cocaine-dependent volunteers will be maintained outpatient for 14 days of vigabatrin maintenance prior to beginning each inpatient study phase. During the inpatient phases, volunteers will live on a hospital clinical research unit and will participate in laboratory sessions in which they will have the opportunity to purchase doses of smoked cocaine (0, 12, 25, 50 mg; $5/administration). In addition to measuring cocaine self-administration, we will measure the cardiovascular and subjective effects of repeated cocaine administration and cocaine craving under each vigabatrin maintenance condition. Determining vigabatrin's effects on a range of smoked cocaine doses will provide essential data on the mechanism of the vigabatrin-cocaine interaction.
Phase 2
Allocation: Non-Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Single Blind
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Cocaine Dependence
  • Drug: Vigabatrin
  • Drug: Cocaine
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December 2006   (final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Meets DSM-IV criteria for current cocaine abuse
  • Average use of smoked cocaine is at least 2x/week for past 6 mos; currently spends at least $70 per week on cocaine
  • Has patterns of smoked cocaine use in terms of frequency and amounts which parallel or exceed those administered in the study
  • Age 21-45
  • Able to give informed consent, and comply with study procedures
  • Agrees to practice an effective form of contraception

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Current seizure disorder or heart disease
  • Currently meeting DSM-IV criteria for all major psychiatric/psychotic disorders. Volunteers with a history of depression or psychosis will also be excluded (p. 43, Investigator's brochure)
  • Dependence on substances other than cocaine or nicotine
  • Request for drug treatment
  • Judged to be noncompliant with study protocol
  • Clinical laboratory tests outside normal limits that are unacceptable to the study physician (e.g., BP > 140/90; BUN, creatinine, LFTs > 1.5 ULN; hematocrit < 34 for women, < 36 for men; pseudocholinesterase deficiency)
  • Current parole or probation
  • Recent history of significant violent or suicidal behavior
  • Pregnancy or lactation
  • Baseline visual field defects
21 Years to 45 Years   (Adult)
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United States
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New York State Psychiatric Institute
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Principal Investigator: Margaret Haney, Ph.D. New York State Psychiatric Institute
New York State Psychiatric Institute
September 2009

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