Effect of Donepexil on Smoking

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: NCT01250977
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : December 1, 2010
Last Update Posted : July 17, 2012
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania

October 20, 2010
December 1, 2010
July 17, 2012
October 2010
July 2012   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Smoking Topography
At each visit, the participant will smoke a cigarette using a portable, hand held smoking topography device. The topography machine which will measure number of puffs, puff volume, puff velocity, interpuff interval, and peak velocity for each puff. The primary outcome measures will be the number of puffs and total puff volume.
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  • Smoking Rate [ Time Frame: 4 weeks ]
    Will assess cigarettes smoked in during the medical screening, baseline session, and throughout the medication period. A standard timeline follow-back method will be used to assess self-reported smoking rate. Participants will also be asked to return their used cigarette butts during each in-person session to verify their smoking rate.
  • Pill Counts/Adherence
    Medication adherence will be assessed by pill count. Self-reorted adherence by pill count will be assessed prior to each study visit.
  • Withdrawal Symptoms
    Will assess nicotine withdrawal including dysphoria or depressed mood, insomnia, irritability/frustration/anger, anxiety, decreased heart rate, difficulty concentrating, restlessness, and increased appetite/weight gain.
  • Smoking Urges
    The 10-item brief QSU questionnaire will be used to assess smoking urges at medical screening, baseline session and testing days. The QSU contains 2 subscales (anticipation of reward, relief from negative affect).
  • First Cigarette Smoking Questionnaire
    This 13-item questionnaire will assess if there is any change in the rewarding value of the first cigarette of the day as compared to the remaining cigarette smoked by the participants throughout the day. This will be asked at the baseline session and 4 testing days.
  • Neurocognitive Measures
    To measure attention and working memory.
  • Side Effects
    A checklist of side effects based on the Aricept product insert will be administered to participants at the observation and testing days. Participants will receive written instructions to call the study physician should they experience any severe side effects or adverse events between study visits.
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Effect of Donepexil on Smoking
The Effect of Acetylcholinesterase Inhibitors on Smoking Behavior
The objective of this proof-of-concept pilot study is to evaluate Donepezil HCL (Aricept), for adherence, side effects and effects on smoking behavior in a population of dependent smokers.
Nicotine dependence is a major public health problem and currently available treatments are ineffective for the majority of smokers. Thus, there is a need to develop and test novel medications to assist smokers to quit smoking. Recent evidence from two genetic studies by our group implicates the endogenous cholinergic system in smoking cessation and nicotine dependence, Pre-clinical investigations have also demonstrated an important role for the endogenous cholinergic system in nicotine addiction. The proposed proof of concept pilot study is a randomized Phase 2a trial designed to study the effects of Donepezil hydrochloride (HCL) (Aricept), compared to placebo, on smoking behavior in 24 smokers. Key outcomes include, adherence, side effects, smoking rate, and smoking topography.
Phase 2
Masking: Double
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Drug: Donepezil
5 mg donepezil HCL (Aricept) Participants will be instructed to take one 5 mg pill every night before going to bed with a glass of water for 28 days. In case participants experience difficulty they will be allowed to take the study medication in the morning.
Other Names:
  • Marketed for treatment of Alzheimer's disease. Though Donepezil has been administered
  • to non-Alzheimer's healthy volunteers in multiple studies (18-23), this will be the 1st study that will
  • administer donepezil HCL (Aricept) to a population of health smokers.
  • Placebo Comparator: Adherence
    Intervention: Drug: Donepezil
  • Placebo Comparator: Side Effects
    Intervention: Drug: Donepezil
  • Placebo Comparator: Smoking behavior
    Intervention: Drug: Donepezil
  • Placebo Comparator: Cognitive Assessments
    Intervention: Drug: Donepezil
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July 2012
July 2012   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Inclusion Criteria:

  • 20 smokers ages 18-50 who have smoked at least 10 cigarettes per day for the past 6 months, will be eligible to participate. They must be able to provide informed consent.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Smoking Behavior:

    1. Current enrollment or plans to enroll in a smoking cessation program, or use other smoking cessation medications in the next 2 months.
    2. Provide a CO reading less than 10 ppm at medical screening.
    3. Participants who roll their own cigarettes.
    4. Regular use of chewing tobacco or snus.
  • Alcohol/Drugs 1) History of substance abuse and/or currently receiving treatment for substance abuse (e.g. alcohol, opioids, cocaine, marijuana, or stimulants). 2) Current alcohol consumption that exceeds 25 standard drinks/week. 3) Providing a breath alcohol concentration (BrAC) reading of greater than or equal to 0.01 at medical screen, baseline, or testing sessions.
  • Medical:

    1. Women who are pregnant, planning a pregnancy, or lactating; all female subjects shall undergo a urine pregnancy test prior to enrollment and must agree in writing to use an approved method of contraception.
    2. Lifetime history or current diagnosis of psychosis, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorder, or schizophrenia, as identified by the MINI. Individuals with a past history of depression are eligible as long as their major depression episode was more than 6 months ago.
    3. Serious or unstable disease within the past 6 months i.e. heart disease, liver/kidney failure)
    4. Other medical conditions such as peptic ulcer disease; beign prostatic hypertrophy or bladder outflow problems; asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
    5. BP reading of 170/100 at medical screening session.
  • Medication:

    1) Current use, recent discontinuation within last 14 days or planned use of the following medications:

  • Any form of smoking cessation medication, i.e. Zyban, Wellbutrin, Wellbutrin SR, Chantix, nicotine replacement therapy
  • Psychotropic medications (anti-psychotics, anti-depressants, anti-anxiety or anti-panic medications, mood stabilizers and stimulants)
  • Current treatment with other acetylcholinesterase inhibitors (ACIs) like donepezil HCL (Aricept), tacrine, rivgastigmine and galantamine
  • Anti-seizure meds, and other meds that affect the cholinergic system such as mecamylamine, atropine, succinylcholine, ketocaonazole, quinidine, bethanechol, iprapropium, bromide, dicyclomine, benztropine, carisprodol, zantac, and procardia.

    2) Patients shallbe instructed to refrain from using any study prohibited drugs (note participants are allowed to take prescription medicines not in the exclusion list)throughout their participation in the study.

  • Other

    1. Inability to complete the baseline study procedures within thee hours and/or correctly, as determined by the PI.
    2. Non-English speakers.
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
18 Years to 50 Years   (Adult)
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United States
UPCC 12910
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Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania
Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania
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Principal Investigator: Andrew Strasser, MBBS, PhD Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania
Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania
July 2012

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