Sympathovagal Balance in Smoking Cessation

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : November 18, 2011
Last Update Posted : October 25, 2017
University Medical Center Goettingen
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Institut fuer anwendungsorientierte Forschung und klinische Studien GmbH

November 3, 2011
November 18, 2011
October 25, 2017
November 2011
December 2012   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Assessment of muscular sympathic nervous activity (MSNA) in bursts / 100 heart beats before and while smoking cessation. [ Time Frame: 33 weeks ]
Patients present 7 weeks before their personal smoking-stop-day and participate in the study until week 26 after their personal smoking-stop-day. During that time, MSNA is recorded.
Same as current
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  • Assessment of the basal sympathetic nerve activity in smokers compared to never-smokers [ Time Frame: 33 weeks ]
    first MSNA is carried out 4 weeks before smoking-stop-day (respectively 6 weeks for group D). second and last MSNA is carried out two days after smoking-stop-day (respectively 2 weeks before smoking-stop-day for group D)
  • Assessment of craving and withdrawal symptoms during smoking cessation [ Time Frame: 33 weeks ]

    withdrawal symptoms data is collected by phone calls 3,2,1 days before smoking-stop-day, the day itself and 1 day and 11 (12 for group C and D) weeks after smoking-stop-day.

    Also the withdrawal symptoms date is collected during each personal examination (means - Pre-Examination, Baseline, Follow I to III).

    The data will be collected by reliable questionnaires

  • Assessment of smoking cues on craving and sympathovagal balance [ Time Frame: 33 weeks ]
    smoking cues will be presented on the first follow-up-measurement to members of group A-D.
  • Assessment of smoking relapse rate [ Time Frame: 33 weeks ]
    All relapses will be registered to correlate them with the obtained parameters (baroreflex-sensitivity, heartrate-variabilty, MSNA, questionnaires)
Same as current
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Sympathovagal Balance in Smoking Cessation
Alterations in the Autonomic Nervous System During Smoking Quit Attempts- Possible Effects of Pharmacological Interventions

This study has the following primary aim:

- the main objective of this study is to investigate the effects of smoking cessation during quit attempts on sympathovagal balance. These effects will be observed in smokers quitting smoking with pharmacological support or without.

Secondary aims of this study are also:

  • the definition of MSNA in smokers and non-smokers
  • the investigation of other parameters concerning the autonomic nervous system, like baroreflex-sensitivity, heart rate-variability before and during the quit attempt.
  • the definition of withdrawal symptoms and craving before, during and after the quit attempt.
  • the investigation of effects of smoking cues on craving and sympathovagal balance
  • the investigation of relapse rates after smoking cessation in correlation with the parameters mentioned above.
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Phase 4
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double (Participant, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Smoking Cessation
  • Drug: Varenicline
    0.5-2 mg per day, oral use
  • Drug: Placebo
    1-2 tablets per day, oral use
  • Drug: Nicorette TX
    10-15 mg per day, transdermal use (patches)
  • Placebo Comparator: varenicline placebo
    Intervention: Drug: Placebo
  • Active Comparator: varenicline
    Intervention: Drug: Varenicline
  • Active Comparator: Nicorette TX
    Intervention: Drug: Nicorette TX
  • Active Comparator: Nicorette TX optional
    Intervention: Drug: Nicorette TX
  • No Intervention: control group smokers
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*   Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by Identifier (NCT Number) in Medline.
Same as current
April 2013
December 2012   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Men and Women at the age of 25 to 60 years.
  • Group A-D: Smokers willing to quit smoking and a FTNA-result >5.
  • Group E: Never-smokers.
  • Signed consent after information.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • formerly known hypersensitivity against one of the used pharmacological interventions or structurally similar drugs or against one of the ingredients.
  • participation in another study during this study or within 4 weeks prior to this study.
  • Addiction or other circumstances that prevent the patient from estimating the study and the consequences.
  • Pregnancy and breast-feeding
  • women with childbearing potential, except women that fulfill the following criteria:

    • post menopause
    • postoperative (6 weeks after both-sides ovariectomy with or without hysterectomy)
    • regular and correct use of prevention methods (error-rate <1% a year), e.g. implants, depot injections, oral contraceptives, IUP)
    • sexual abstinence
  • signs that predict a possible non-compliance of the patient
  • exclusion because of nicorette tx:

    • psoriasis, dermatitis, urticaria
  • exclusion because of varenicline

    • creatinine-clearance < 30ml/min
    • epilepsy
    • psychiatric diseases (schizophrenia, bipolar disorders, depression).
  • Exclusion because of methods

    • Diseases that increase the sympathetic level (Heart insufficiency, high blood pressure (arteria /pulmonary), obstructive sleeping apnoea, COPD)
  • cardiac rhythm disturbances
  • myocardial infarction within the last 8 weeks
  • polyneuropathy
  • diseases that come along with damages of peripheral nerves
  • severe or life-threatening diseases (e.g. cancer with life-expectancy < 5 years, terminal kidney-insufficiency)
  • treatment with antihypertensive drugs or sympathomimetic substances (e.g.theophyllin) or smoking cessation medication (NRT, Varenicline)
  • Other reasons, that make a patient not suitable for the study (estimation of primary investigator)
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
25 Years to 60 Years   (Adult)
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Institut fuer anwendungsorientierte Forschung und klinische Studien GmbH
Institut fuer anwendungsorientierte Forschung und klinische Studien GmbH
University Medical Center Goettingen
Principal Investigator: Tobias Raupach, MD University Medical Center Goettingen
Institut fuer anwendungsorientierte Forschung und klinische Studien GmbH
October 2017

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