Memantine for the Prevention of Negative Symptomatology

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Recruitment Status : Terminated
First Posted : September 8, 2005
Last Update Posted : October 18, 2013
Stanley Medical Research Institute
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
M. Schaefer, MD, Charite University, Berlin, Germany

Brief Summary:

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the efficacy and safety of memantine as add-on treatment for the prevention of negative symptomatology in patients with an acute exacerbation of schizophrenia.

Primary outcome parameter are negative symptoms after 6 months

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Schizophrenia Drug: Memantine Drug: Placebo Phase 3

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 40 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Triple (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Memantine for the Prevention of Negative Symptomatology and Cognitive Impairment in Schizophrenia
Study Start Date : November 2005
Actual Primary Completion Date : June 2008
Actual Study Completion Date : December 2008

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MedlinePlus related topics: Schizophrenia

Arm Intervention/treatment
Active Comparator: 1 Drug: Memantine
Daily dose of 10mg memantine Vs. Placebo
Other Name: Akatinol

Placebo Comparator: Placebo Drug: Placebo
Daily dose of 10mg memantine Vs. Placebo

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Changes in PANSS negative subscore between memantine and placebo treatment [ Time Frame: during trial ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 40 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Diagnosis of schizophrenia (DSM-IV)
  • Age 18 to 40
  • Exacerbation of an acute schizophrenic episode (PANSS positive score > 20)
  • At least one previous schizophrenic episode
  • Informed consent
  • Subjects must be considered by the investigator to be compliant
  • Subjects must have an educational level and a degree of understanding such that they can meaningfully communicate with the investigator

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Axis I disorder other than schizophrenia within 12 months, e.g. schizoaffective disorder
  • Severe negative symptomatology (PANNS negative score >20 points)
  • Duration of schizophrenia > 5 years
  • Dependency on alcohol or addictive drugs within 6 months of the baseline evaluation
  • Contraindication of risperidone
  • Significant neurological, cardiovascular, hepatic, renal, metabolic, or other medical diseases or any clinically relevant abnormalities in laboratory tests
  • Prior ECT-treatment, metal implantations
  • Female subjects during pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • Female subjects within childbearing years who were not using adequate birth control
  • Patients who are judged by the investigator to be at serious suicide risk

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00148590

Charité Universitaetsmedizin Berlin; Campus Charité Mitte; Dept. for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
Berlin, Germany, 10117
Sponsors and Collaborators
M. Schaefer, MD
Stanley Medical Research Institute
Principal Investigator: Martin Schaefer, MD Charite Campus Mitte; Dept. of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy and Department of Psychiatry, Kliniken Essen-Mitte, Essen

Responsible Party: M. Schaefer, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, Charite University, Berlin, Germany Identifier: NCT00148590     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: MIND 1
02T-247 (SMRI)
First Posted: September 8, 2005    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: October 18, 2013
Last Verified: October 2013

Keywords provided by M. Schaefer, MD, Charite University, Berlin, Germany:
Negative syndrome
Cognitive impairment

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders
Mental Disorders
Antiparkinson Agents
Anti-Dyskinesia Agents
Dopamine Agents
Neurotransmitter Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Excitatory Amino Acid Antagonists
Excitatory Amino Acid Agents