Serotonin and the Upper Airway in Obstructive Sleep Apnea

This study has been completed.
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First received: December 30, 2004
Last updated: September 16, 2013
Last verified: September 2013

The purpose of this study is to determine if a certain medication, alone or combined with another medication, will increase muscle activity in the upper airway in people who do and people who do not have sleep apnea. The medications being studied are paroxetine, a commonly used antidepressant, and 5 hydroxy-tryptophan (5HTP), which also can be used as a dietary supplement without a prescription. Because the effects of paroxetine in previous studies were not very large, we will also study it combined with 5HTP to see if the effect on the upper airway muscles is greater.

Condition Intervention Phase
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Drug: Paroxetine
Drug: 5HTP
Phase 4

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
Masking: Double-Blind
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Serotonin and the Upper Airway in Obstructive Sleep Apnea

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Study Start Date: November 2000
Study Completion Date: December 2003
Primary Completion Date: December 2003 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Ages Eligible for Study:   16 Years to 60 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Group A: 20 Adult patients with mild to severe sleep apnea. If patients are being treated with nasal CPAP, they will continue treatment except on study nights.

Group B: 20 normal adult non-snoring subjects.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00100464

United States, Florida
Malcolm Randall VA Medical Center
Gainesville, Florida, United States, 32608
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No publications provided Identifier: NCT00100464     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: RESP-013-98F
Study First Received: December 30, 2004
Last Updated: September 16, 2013
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by Department of Veterans Affairs:
Sleep Apnea Syndrome
Pharyngeal Muscles

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Sleep Apnea Syndromes
Sleep Apnea, Obstructive
Respiration Disorders
Respiratory Tract Diseases
Signs and Symptoms, Respiratory
Signs and Symptoms
Sleep Disorders, Intrinsic
Sleep Disorders
Nervous System Diseases
Serotonin Receptor Agonists
Serotonin Agents
Neurotransmitter Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Pharmacologic Actions
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Serotonin Uptake Inhibitors
Neurotransmitter Uptake Inhibitors
Antidepressive Agents, Second-Generation
Antidepressive Agents
Psychotropic Drugs
Central Nervous System Agents
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