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Study of the Effect of Calorie Supplementation on Growth in Young Children on ADHD Medication

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Christopher J. Kratochvil, M.D., University of Nebraska Identifier:
First received: November 16, 2007
Last updated: January 25, 2015
Last verified: January 2015
The purpose of this study is to see if supplementing calories with Pediasure is effective in maintaining height, weight, and BMI percentiles for young children during 2 years of treatment with ADHD medication.

Condition Intervention Phase
Dietary Supplement: Pediasure
Behavioral: Nutritional counseling
Phase 4

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Caloric Supplementation During Long-Term Pharmacological Treatment of ADHD in Young Children

Further study details as provided by Christopher J. Kratochvil, M.D., University of Nebraska:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Weight Change [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
    Change in weight observed from baseline to 6 months

  • Height Change [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
    Change in height from baseline to 6 months

Enrollment: 29
Study Start Date: January 2006
Study Completion Date: September 2010
Primary Completion Date: September 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: 1 Can of Pediasure Supplement Plus Nutritional Counseling
Pediasure and nutritional counseling
Dietary Supplement: Pediasure
50% will be randomized to pediasure with nutritional counseling
Behavioral: Nutritional counseling
50% randomized to nutritional counseling only
Active Comparator: Counseling by the Provider on Ways to Encourage Caloric Intake
Behavioral intervention - Nutritional Counseling
Behavioral: Nutritional counseling
50% randomized to nutritional counseling only

Detailed Description:

This is a pilot study evaluating the effect of caloric supplementation on maintenance of growth parameters during two years of open-label atomoxetine treatment in 5 and 6 year old children with ADHD. The study will assess the efficacy of caloric supplementation in maintaining baseline percentiles for height, weight, and body mass index (BMI). Patients will be randomly assigned to receive either PediaSure for caloric supplementation, or no supplementation.

Secondary aims include assessing the tolerability and efficacy of long-term, open-label atomoxetine treatment in 5 and 6 year old children with ADHD, and obtaining adequate pilot data regarding the safety, efficacy, and potential effects of atomoxetine on growth parameters in order to submit a multisite R01 to more adequately assess atomoxetine treatment and its effects in young children with ADHD.


Ages Eligible for Study:   5 Years to 9 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Children who participated in the 8 week DBPC trial of atomoxetine (1K23MH066127) who wish to participate in a long-term, open label trial of atomoxetine.
  • Parents and patients must be able to attend regular study visits. Visits will be scheduled every 30 days for the first 6 months and then every 60 days for the next 18 months.
  • Children who are on alternate medications due to inefficacy or intolerability of atomoxetine may still participate.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Parents who are unwilling to provide informed consent.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00561340

United States, Nebraska
University of Nebraska Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry
Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 68105
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Nebraska
Principal Investigator: Christopher J Kratochvil, MD University of Nebraska
  More Information

Responsible Party: Christopher J. Kratochvil, M.D., Professor, Psychiatry and Pediatrics, University of Nebraska Identifier: NCT00561340     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 356-05-FB
B4Z-US-X018 ( Other Identifier: Eli Lilly and Company )
11112 ( Other Identifier: Abbott Laboratories )
Study First Received: November 16, 2007
Results First Received: December 29, 2014
Last Updated: January 25, 2015

Keywords provided by Christopher J. Kratochvil, M.D., University of Nebraska:
Pediasure processed this record on May 25, 2017