Artemisinin With Risperidone for First-Episode and Drug-Naive Schizophrenia

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : July 12, 2011
Last Update Posted : July 12, 2016
Stanley Medical Research Institute
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Xiang Yang Zhang, Beijing HuiLongGuan Hospital

July 7, 2011
July 12, 2011
July 12, 2016
September 2008
April 2011   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
the Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale (PANSS) [ Time Frame: 10 weeks ]
Same as current
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  • the Clinical Global Impression (ICG) [ Time Frame: 10 weeks ]
  • UKU Side Effect Rating Scale [ Time Frame: 10 weeks ]
  • the Simpson-Angus Scale for extrapyramidal side effects (SAS) [ Time Frame: 10 weeks ]
  • The Abnormal Involuntary Movement Scale (AIMS) [ Time Frame: 10 weeks ]
  • the Repeatable Battery for the Assessment of Neuropsychological Status (RBANS) [ Time Frame: 10 weeks ]
Same as current
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Artemisinin With Risperidone for First-Episode and Drug-Naive Schizophrenia
A Double-Blind, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Trial of Artemisinin as an Add-on Therapy to Risperidone in the Treatment of Drug-Naive First-Episode Patients With Schizophrenia
This study will determine the effectiveness of artemisinin plus risperidone in improving symptoms and cognitive disturbances and in Chinese people with schizophrenia. The study addresses the Toxoplasma infection hypothesis of schizophrenia.
Evidences of high levels of Toxoplasma gondii antibodies in the serum and the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) of individuals with schizophrenia have suggested that this organism might be involved in the etiopathogenesis of schizophrenia. The investigators hypothesize that antimicrobial therapy by using an add-on agent together with a well-proven neuroleptic may have favorable effects on a subgroup of schizophrenic patients.
Phase 3
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double (Participant, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
  • Drug: Artemisinin
    400 mg/day
    Other Name: Qinghaosu
  • Other: Placebo
  • Experimental: Artemisinin, anti-toxoplasma
    Intervention: Drug: Artemisinin
  • Placebo Comparator: Placebo
    Placebo looks like the active drug, with the same dose.
    Intervention: Other: Placebo
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*   Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by Identifier (NCT Number) in Medline.
May 2011
April 2011   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Currently resides in Beijing, China
  • Diagnosis of schizophrenia or schizophreniform disorder
  • Duration of symptoms is no longer than 60 months
  • No history of treatment with antipsychotic medication or, if previously treated, a total lifetime usage of less than 14 days
  • Current psychotic symptoms are of moderate severity or greater as measured by one of the five psychotic items in the Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale (BPRS)

Exclusion Criteria:

  • DSM-IV Axis I diagnosis other than schizophrenia or schizophreniform psychosis
  • Documented disease of the central nervous system that might interfere with the trial assessments (e.g., stroke, tumor, Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, seizure disorder, history of brain trauma resulting in significant impairment, chronic infection)
  • Acute, unstable, and/or significant and untreated medical illness (e.g., infection, unstable diabetes, uncontrolled hypertension)
  • A clinically significant echocardiogram (ECG) abnormality in the opinion of the investigator
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Use of prohibited concomitant therapy
  • History of severe allergy or hypersensitivity
  • Dependence on alcohol or illegal drugs
  • Use of any of the following medications during the trial: antipsychotic medications other than risperidone; psychostimulants; or antidepressants
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
18 Years to 65 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
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SMRI 05T-726
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Xiang Yang Zhang, Beijing HuiLongGuan Hospital
Beijing HuiLongGuan Hospital
Stanley Medical Research Institute
Study Chair: Lian Y Cao, MD Beijing HuiLongGuan Hospital
Beijing HuiLongGuan Hospital
July 2016

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