Memantine as an Adjunctive Agent to Reduce Neurocognitive Deficits Following Unilateral ECT for the Treatment of a Severe Major Depressive Episode
Recruitment status was Active, not recruiting
The purpose of this study is to determine whether taking the medication memantine reduces impairment of memory and attention associated with electroconvulsive therapy.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Primary Purpose: Prevention
|Official Title:||Memantine as an Adjunctive Agent to Reduce Neurocognitive Deficits Following Unilateral ECT for the Treatment of a Severe Major Depressive Episode|
- Reduction the neurocognitive deficits associated with right unilateral ECT
|Study Start Date:||February 2004|
The primary objective of this study is to determine whether the novel NMDA antagonist memantine, FDA approved for use in moderate to severe alzheimers dementia, may reduce the neurocognitive deficits associated with right unilateral ECT treatments in patients receiving ECT for a severe and relatively refractory Major Depressive episode.
Our hypothesis is that the use of an NMDA antagonist would reduce intracellular calcium levels, and glutamatergic stimulation during ECT. This reduction in excitatory stimulation during ECT would reduce hippocampal and prefrontal neuronal endangerment and dysfunction, thereby reducing cognitive impairment associated with right unilateral ECT treatments. We also hypothesize that ACTH and cortisol levels will correlate with neurocognitive impairment in placebo treated subjects, but not in the memantine treated individuals.
|United States, California|
|Stanford University School of Medicine|
|Stanford, California, United States, 94305|
|Principal Investigator:||Hugh Brent Solvason||Stanford University|