Effectiveness of Divalproex Sodium (Depakote) in Treating Children With Temper Outbursts and Severe Mood Swings
The purpose of this study is to determine the effectiveness of divalproex sodium (Depakote) versus placebo in treating children with temper outbursts and severe mood disorders.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study of Depakote (Divalproex Sodium) in Children With Temper Outbursts and Severe Mood Swings|
- Reduction in symptoms of explosive mood disorder; measured throughout the study and at Week 12
|Study Start Date:||September 2000|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||August 2005|
Depakote has been used to treat seizures in children for more than 20 years. The purpose of this study is to determine the effectiveness of divalproex sodium (Depakote) in treating children with temper outbursts and severe mood disorders.
This study will last 12 weeks. Participants will be randomly assigned to receive either 250 mg Depakote or placebo. The dose of medication will increase at the end of Week 1 to 500 mg of either depakote or placebo; participants will remain on this dose through Week 5. At Week 6, participants will cross-over and receive the other treatment (either depakote or placebo), which they will take through Week 12. Study visits will occur weekly and will include a physical exam, blood and urine tests, and self-reports of adverse events. In addition, caregivers will complete reports about mood swings throughout the study.
|United States, New York|
|New York State Psychiatric Institute|
|New York, New York, United States, 10032|
|Principal Investigator:||Stephen Donovan, MD||Columbia University|