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Relapse Prevention With Varenicline (0815)

This study has been completed.
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First received: July 21, 2009
Last updated: May 31, 2012
Last verified: July 2009

July 21, 2009
May 31, 2012
October 2008
May 2011   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Volunteers to relapse and time to relapse [ Time Frame: 4 weeks ]
Same as current
Complete list of historical versions of study NCT00944554 on Archive Site
Subjective and reinforcing effects of cigarettes [ Time Frame: 1 day ]
Same as current
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Relapse Prevention With Varenicline
Relapse Prevention With Varenicline
This study aims to determine if varenicline (Chantix®), currently used as a smoking cessation aid, will decrease the likelihood of relapse to smoking following a programmed lapse in the laboratory. The hypothesis is that varenicline will reduce the reinforcing effects of smoking and will delay or prevent relapse compared to placebo.
In this study, the investigators plan to use an experimental model of a lapse, in which volunteers smoke two cigarettes after a brief period of (12-24 hours). The goals of this study are to assess the impact of varenicline on the subjective and reinforcing effects of cigarettes, as well as the latency to resume smoking (relapse) following the lapse exposure.
Phase 4
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Diagnostic
  • Recurrence
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Substance-Related Disorders
  • Drug: Varenicline
    Varenicline and placebo given twice a day or five weeks.
    Other Name: Varenicline (Chantix®)
  • Drug: Placebo
    Varenicline and placebo given twice a day or five weeks.
  • Placebo Comparator: Placebo
    Group given placebo.
    Intervention: Drug: Placebo
  • Experimental: Varenicline
    Experimental group given varenicline dosing.
    Intervention: Drug: Varenicline
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May 2011
May 2011   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Age 18-75 years old
  • Reports smoking at least 10 cigarettes per day AND provides a urine sample that tests positive for nicotine metabolites at intake
  • Contemplating a smoking cessation attempt in the near future
  • Willing to engage in a practice quit attempt during which they will be asked to smoke on one occasion
  • Able to give informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Currently meets DSM-IV criteria for depression, bi-polar disorder, or schizophrenia
  • History of attempted suicide or expresses any current suicidal ideation
  • Pregnant, breast feeding, or planning to become pregnant within the next 3 months
  • Reports desire for immediate treatment of tobacco/nicotine dependence
  • Severe impairment of renal function indicated by GFR less than 30 ml/min calculated using the Cockcroft and Gault prediction method (plasma creatinine adjusted by weight, gender, and age)
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
18 Years to 75 Years   (Adult, Senior)
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United States
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Maxine L. Stitzer/Professor, Johns Hopkins University
Johns Hopkins University
Principal Investigator: Maxine L Stitzer, PhD Johns Hopkins University
Johns Hopkins University
July 2009

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