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The Impact of Memantine on Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT): Will it Improve Response and Protect Against Cognitive Problems? (ECTAug)

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified October 2009 by University of Iowa.
Recruitment status was:  Not yet recruiting
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First received: October 1, 2009
Last updated: NA
Last verified: October 2009
History: No changes posted

October 1, 2009
October 1, 2009
November 2009
November 2011   (final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Assessment of whether Memantine protects memory and cognitive impairment caused by ECT. [ Time Frame: 6 to 8 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
Same as current
No Changes Posted
Whether memantine will improve response of Depression to Electroconvulsive therapy. [ Time Frame: 6-8 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
Same as current
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The Impact of Memantine on Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT): Will it Improve Response and Protect Against Cognitive Problems?
Memantine Augmentation of Electroconvulsive Therapy in Patients With Major Depression
The purpose of this study is to determine whether memantine will enhance the therapeutic of effect on depression and prevent memory and other cognitive problems caused by ECT.
Patients will be assigned randomly either to a treatment group or a placebo groups. All patients in both groups will be receiving standard ECT. The treatment group will receive memantine. All patients will be given a battery of cognitive tests and test of depression before ECT treatments start, after the 6th ECT treatment and after the completions of ECT. An analysis will be performed to see if memantine causes any impact on the response to ECT and prevents memory and cognitive impairment.
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Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Major Depressive Disorder
  • Drug: memantine
    patient will receive 5mg daily for 7day then 10 mgm daily
    Other Name: Namenda
  • Drug: Placebo
    will give placebo that looks like memantine
  • Active Comparator: Memantine arm
    Patient receiving ECT and Memantine
    Intervention: Drug: memantine
  • Placebo Comparator: placebo
    25 patients receiving ECT will will receive placebo
    • Drug: memantine
    • Drug: Placebo
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*   Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by Identifier (NCT Number) in Medline.
Unknown status
May 2012
November 2011   (final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Meets criteria for Major Depressive disorder

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Neurological disease
  • Mental retardation
  • Seizure disorder
18 Years to 65 Years   (Adult)
Contact information is only displayed when the study is recruiting subjects
United States
Memantine ECT trial
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Jerry Lewis MD, professor of psychiatry, Univery of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
University of Iowa
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Principal Investigator: Jerry L Lewis, MD University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinic
University of Iowa
October 2009

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