Concerta Treatment in Adults With ADHD NOS
This will be an open label pilot study of Concerta in the treatment of adults with the diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (ADHD NOS). We hypothesize ADHD symptomatology in adults with ADHD NOS will be responsive to Concerta treatment in the short term and Concerta-associated response of ADHD symptomatology in adults with ADHD NOS will be sustained over the medium term.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Non-Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||A Pilot Study of Concerta Treatment in Adults With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Not Otherwise Specified|
- improvement of ADHD symptoms as related by scores on the
- ADHD Symptom Checklist
- Clinical Global Impression: ADHD
- Global Assessment of Functioning
|Study Start Date:||December 2003|
|Study Completion Date:||July 2005|
Concerta is a stimulant medication approved for the treatment of ADHD in children. We propose to study the safety and efficacy of Concerta therapy in adults with ADHD NOS. Adult ADHD NOS is operationalized by either
- An adult satisfying current diagnostic criteria for ADHD but with insufficient number of childhood symptoms to fulfill the required diagnostic threshold for this disorder set forth in DSM-IV
- An adult who has five current symptoms of inattention and/or five current symptoms of impulsivity/hyperactivity, but does not meet the full diagnosis criteria of six current symptoms within one of these categories.
Our hypotheses will be examined in two phases of an open label, pilot study. Phase I of the study consists of a six-week acute effectiveness trial. Phase II consists of continuation for responders in which subjects who respond in Phase I will be re-assessed every four weeks for six months. Effectiveness will be measured by improvements in clinician-rated scales, including: ADHD Symptom Checklist, Clinical Global Impression: ADHD, and Global Assessment of Functioning.
|United States, Massachusetts|
|Massachusetts General Hospital|
|Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States, 02138|
|Principal Investigator:||Joseph Biederman, MD||Massachusetts General Hospital|