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Efficacy Study of Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation to Treat Major Depressive Disorder (SELECT-TDCS)

This study has been completed.
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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01033084
First Posted: December 16, 2009
Last Update Posted: December 6, 2011
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Collaborator:
Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Andre Brunoni, University of Sao Paulo
  Purpose
The purpose of this study is to determine whether transcranial direct current stimulation is an effective treatment for major depression, when compared (and combined) to sertraline and placebo.

Condition Intervention Phase
Depressive Disorder, Major Device: transcranial direct current stimulation Drug: Sertraline Other: double placebo Phase 2 Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Factorial Assignment
Masking: Quadruple (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Factorial, Double-blinded, Randomized Clinical Trial on Major Depressive Disorder Using Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation

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Further study details as provided by Andre Brunoni, University of Sao Paulo:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • MADRS score [ Time Frame: repeated-measures ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • HDRS-17 score at week 6. [ Time Frame: week 6 ]
  • Remission rate (MADRS<=10) [ Time Frame: week 6 ]
  • MADRS score [ Time Frame: week 2 ]

Enrollment: 120
Study Start Date: December 2009
Study Completion Date: December 2011
Primary Completion Date: December 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Sham stimulation / sertraline
In this arm, patients will receive sham stimulation and sertraline 50mg/day. In sham stimulation, the tDCS device is set in the same fashion as the active stimulation, but the device is turned off after one minute of stimulation.
Drug: Sertraline
Patient will receive sertraline 50mg/day.
Sham Comparator: Sham stimulation / placebo pill

Placebo pills are sugar pills having the same size and shape of the active pills.

In sham stimulation, the tDCS device is set in the same fashion as the active stimulation, but the device is turned off after one minute of stimulation.

Other: double placebo
double placebo arm (sham stimulation/placebo pill)
Experimental: Active stimulation / Sertraline

In active stimulation, the anode is placed over the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex and the cathode is placed over the right prefrontal cortex. They are located five centimeters ventrally of the primary motor area, which are located five centimeters laterally of the central point of the scalp (which is located on the intersection of the sagittal and median curves). The device will deliver a charge of 2mA for 30 minutes.

Patients will receive Sertraline 50mg/day.

Device: transcranial direct current stimulation
Transcranial direct current stimulation will be applied at 2mA, 30 minutes/day, for 10 weekdays consecutively and two extra stimulations at week 4 and 6.
Drug: Sertraline
Patient will receive sertraline 50mg/day.
Experimental: Active stimulation / placebo pill

In active stimulation, the anode is placed over the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex and the cathode is placed over the right prefrontal cortex. They are located five centimeters ventrally of the primary motor area, which are located five centimeters laterally of the central point of the scalp (which is located on the intersection of the sagittal and median curves). The device will deliver a charge of 2mA for 30 minutes.

Placebo pills are sugar pills having the same size and shape of the active pill

Device: transcranial direct current stimulation
Transcranial direct current stimulation will be applied at 2mA, 30 minutes/day, for 10 weekdays consecutively and two extra stimulations at week 4 and 6.

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  Eligibility

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Depressive Disorder, Major (SCID)
  • HDRS > 18

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Other axis I disorders, including Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, Substance Abuse Disorders.
  • Any axis II disorders.
  • Any serious/life-threatening axis III disorders, such as Congestive Heart Failure, Pulmonary Obstructive Chronic Disease, Active Neoplasia.
  • Neurological diseases such as Stroke (and Post-Stroke Depression), Dementias and others.
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01033084


Locations
Brazil
University of Sao Paulo
Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil, 01403-020
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Sao Paulo
Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Andre R Brunoni, MD University of Sao Paulo
  More Information

Additional Information:
Publications:
Publications automatically indexed to this study by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Andre Brunoni, MD, University of Sao Paulo
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01033084     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: USP-HU-001
FAPESP2009/05728-7 ( Other Grant/Funding Number: FAPESP 2009/05728-7 )
First Submitted: December 15, 2009
First Posted: December 16, 2009
Last Update Posted: December 6, 2011
Last Verified: December 2011

Keywords provided by Andre Brunoni, University of Sao Paulo:
Depressive Disorder, Major

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Disease
Depressive Disorder
Depression
Depressive Disorder, Major
Pathologic Processes
Mood Disorders
Mental Disorders
Behavioral Symptoms
Sertraline
Antidepressive Agents
Psychotropic Drugs
Serotonin Uptake Inhibitors
Neurotransmitter Uptake Inhibitors
Membrane Transport Modulators
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Neurotransmitter Agents
Serotonin Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs