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A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial of Flumazenil for the Treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

This study has been terminated.
(Study completed and data was inconclusive.)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
James G.Sullivan, MD, Parkway Medical Center Identifier:
First received: October 14, 2009
Last updated: April 18, 2014
Last verified: April 2014
The purpose of this study is to evaluate the efficacy of flumazenil in the outpatient treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

Condition Intervention Phase
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Drug: Flumazenil
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Phase IIa A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial of Flumazenil for the Treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

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Further study details as provided by James G.Sullivan, MD, Parkway Medical Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Yale Brown Obsessive Compulsive Score [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Safety will be assessed by Adverse Events, Changes in physical exam, laboratory values. [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ]

Enrollment: 11
Study Start Date: October 2009
Study Completion Date: December 2012
Primary Completion Date: December 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Placebo Comparator: Sugar Pill, Placebo Drug: Flumazenil
Sublingual daily
Active Comparator: Flumazenil Drug: Flumazenil
Sublingual daily


Ages Eligible for Study:   19 Years to 60 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Able to understand and provide written informed consent.
  • Age 19-60, inclusive.
  • Diagnosis documented according to DSM-IV of OCD.
  • Exhibits moderate to severe OCD symptoms and a minimum score of 16 or greater -YBOCS at screening.
  • Willing and able to discontinue current medications taken for the treatment of OCD.
  • Able to attend and participate in all study visits.
  • Agree to continue if in current psychosocial therapy throughout the remainder of the study.
  • If female and of child-bearing potential, willing to use an acceptable method of birth control for the duration of the study.
  • If male, willing to use barrier method of birth control or had previous vasectomy.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Have other DSM-IV Axis I diagnoses.
  • Pregnant as confirmed by urine analysis, or lactating, or unwilling to comply with use of contraception.
  • Unwilling or unable to washout (discontinue) from prohibited medications such as antidepressants (See Appendix 2).
  • Depression symptoms with a score of 15 or greater on the MADRS at screening.
  • Current suicidal ideation or plan within the last 30 days.
  • Have a medical condition which, in the opinion of the investigator, makes study participation unsafe or noncompliant.
  • Abnormal physical exam or laboratory values which, in the opinion of the investigator, makes study participation unsafe or may require introduction of concomitant medications during the course of the study.
  • Benzodiazepine and/or similar sedative-hypnotic or anxiolytic use or abuse within 15 days of potential flumazenil treatment: patients must not be habituated to benzodiazepines and must provide a urine sample that is negative for benzodiazepines, must not be taking supra-therapeutic doses of zolpidem (AmbienTM) or zaleplon (SonataTM ). (See Appendix 2).
  • Patients who are taking Phenobarbital for a documented seizure disorder can be admitted. Patients with a seizure disorder being managed with clonazepam (KlonopinTM ) or other benzodiazepine cannot participate, patients must not be taking TCA, lithium, methylxanthines, isoniazid, propoxyphene, monoamine oxidase inhibitors, bupropion HCL, and cyclosporine. (See Appendix 2).
  • Previously treated with flumazenil for OCD.
  • AIDS as determined by self-report.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00997087

United States, Alabama
James G. Sullivan, MD
Birmingham, Alabama, United States, 35215
Sponsors and Collaborators
Parkway Medical Center
Principal Investigator: James G Sullivan, MD Parkway Medical Center
  More Information

Responsible Party: James G.Sullivan, MD, Principal Investigator, Parkway Medical Center Identifier: NCT00997087     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: JGS-001
Study First Received: October 14, 2009
Last Updated: April 18, 2014

Keywords provided by James G.Sullivan, MD, Parkway Medical Center:

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Compulsive Personality Disorder
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Compulsive Behavior
Pathologic Processes
Personality Disorders
Mental Disorders
Anxiety Disorders
Impulsive Behavior
Protective Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs
GABA Modulators
GABA Agents
Neurotransmitter Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action processed this record on May 25, 2017