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Pilot Trial of Naltrexone for Obesity in Women With Schizophrenia

This study has been completed.
Ethel F. Donaghue Women's Health Investigator Program at Yale
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Yale University Identifier:
First received: November 18, 2008
Last updated: August 12, 2016
Last verified: August 2016
Results First Received: June 28, 2016  
Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized;   Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment;   Masking: Double Blind (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor);   Primary Purpose: Treatment
Conditions: Obesity
Schizoaffective Disorder
Interventions: Drug: Naltrexone 25mg
Other: Placebo

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Recruitment Details
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Pre-Assignment Details
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Reporting Groups
Naltrexone 25mg Naltrexone 25mg: Naltrexone 25mg caplets taken orally once a day for 8 weeks
Placebo Placebo: Placebo caplet (inactive substance) taken orally once a day for 8 weeks

Participant Flow:   Overall Study
    Naltrexone 25mg   Placebo
STARTED   12   12 
Randomization   12   12 
Collected Baseline Data   11   12 
COMPLETED   10   11 
Withdrawal by Subject                2                1 

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Population Description
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Overweight women between the ages of 18 and 70 years who met the DSM-IV criteria for schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder, on the basis of Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV. An additional participant dropped out of the study after baseline data was collected.

Reporting Groups
Naltrexone 25mg Naltrexone 25mg: Naltrexone 25mg caplets taken orally once a day for 8 weeks
Placebo Placebo: Placebo caplet (inactive substance) taken orally once a day for 8 weeks
Total Total of all reporting groups

Baseline Measures
   Naltrexone 25mg   Placebo   Total 
Overall Participants Analyzed 
[Units: Participants]
 11   12   23 
[Units: Years]
Mean (Standard Deviation)
 50  (9.6)   41.4  (11.6)   46.93  (10.73) 
[Units: Participants]
Female   11   12   23 
Male   0   0   0 
Race/Ethnicity, Customized 
[Units: Participants]
White   4   7   11 
Black   7   4   11 
Hispanic   0   1   1 
[Units: Participants]
Schizophrenia   7   5   12 
Schizoaffective   4   7   11 
PANSS Total Score [1] 
[Units: Units on a scale]
Mean (Standard Deviation)
 64.7  (17.2)   56.0  (16.7)   59.78  (16.42) 
[1] The PANSS or the Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale is a medical scale used for measuring symptom severity of patients with schizophrenia. The scores for these scales are arrived at by summation of ratings across component items. Total score ranges from a minimum of 30 to a maximum of 210. A higher score indicates more severe symptoms.
[Units: Participants]
Diabetic   6   1   7 
Non-Diabetic   5   11   16 
Years of education 
[Units: Years]
Mean (Standard Deviation)
 13.4  (4.1)   13.7  (3.9)   13.52  (3.89) 

  Outcome Measures
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1.  Primary:   Change in Body Weight From Baseline   [ Time Frame: 8 weeks ]

2.  Secondary:   Fasting Serum Glucose Lab Values   [ Time Frame: baseline and 8 weeks ]

3.  Secondary:   PANSS- Positive and Negative Symptom Scale   [ Time Frame: 8 weeks ]

4.  Secondary:   Insulin Levels   [ Time Frame: baseline and week 8 ]

5.  Secondary:   LDL Cholesterol   [ Time Frame: baseline and week 8 ]

6.  Secondary:   Change in Questionnaire on Craving for Sweet or Rich Foods Score   [ Time Frame: baseline and week 8 ]

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Certain Agreements:  
All Principal Investigators ARE employed by the organization sponsoring the study.

Results Point of Contact:  
Name/Title: Erin Sullivan
Organization: Yale University
phone: +1 (203) 974-7317

Publications of Results:

Responsible Party: Yale University Identifier: NCT00793780     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 0808004106
Study First Received: November 18, 2008
Results First Received: June 28, 2016
Last Updated: August 12, 2016