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Targeting Cognition in PTSD: Pregnenolone Augmentation of SSRIs

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Durham VA Medical Center Identifier:
First received: November 19, 2007
Last updated: February 25, 2014
Last verified: February 2014

This study will test the therapeutic potential of augmenting a stable SSRI regimen with the neurosteroid pregnenolone to reduce cognitive symptoms and PTSD symptoms in patients diagnosed with PTSD.

Condition Intervention
Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic
Drug: Pregnenolone or Placebo

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Targeting Cognition in PTSD: Pregnenolone Augmentation of SSRIs

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Further study details as provided by Durham VA Medical Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • CAPS, BAC-A [ Time Frame: Prospective ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • PCL, CD-RISC, CGI, BDI-II [ Time Frame: Prospective ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 27
Study Start Date: April 2006
Study Completion Date: May 2007
Primary Completion Date: April 2007 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: 1
Drug: Pregnenolone or Placebo
Pregnenolone 50 mg BID, Pregnenolone 150 mg BID, Pregnenolone 250 mg BID
Placebo Comparator: 2
Drug: Pregnenolone or Placebo
Pregnenolone 50 mg BID, Pregnenolone 150 mg BID, Pregnenolone 250 mg BID

Detailed Description:

See brief summary


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. 18-65 years of age, any ethnic group, either sex
  2. DSM-IV diagnosis of PTSD by MINI (see schedule of events)
  3. No change in SSRI medications for > 4 weeks.
  4. No anticipated need to alter any psychotropic medications for the 10-week duration of the study.
  5. Ability to fully participate in the informed consent process, or have a legal guardian able to participate in the informed consent process.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Unstable medical or neurological illness, including seizures, CVA, prostate or breast cancer
  2. Use of oral contraceptives or other hormonal supplementation such as estrogen.
  3. Significant suicidal or homicidal ideation.
  4. Concomitant medications for medical conditions will be addressed on a case-by-case base to determine if exclusionary.
  5. Current DSM-IV diagnosis of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or other psychotic disorder, or cognitive disorder due to a general medical condition; history of substance dependence within the last 3 months
  6. Female patients who are pregnant or breast-feeding.
  7. Known allergy to study medication.
  8. Drugs with a narrow therapeutic index (e.g. thioridazine, mesoridazine, ziprasidone, clozapine, etc.) will be excluded, as suggested by the FDA; patients taking these agents will not be eligible for this study.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00560781

United States, North Carolina
Durham VAMC
Durham, North Carolina, United States, 27705
Sponsors and Collaborators
Durham VA Medical Center
Principal Investigator: Christine E Marx, MD MA Durham VAMC
  More Information

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Responsible Party: Durham VA Medical Center Identifier: NCT00560781     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: VA IRB# 01023
Study First Received: November 19, 2007
Last Updated: February 25, 2014
Health Authority: United States: Food and Drug Administration
United States: Institutional Review Board
United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by Durham VA Medical Center:

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic
Stress Disorders, Traumatic
Anxiety Disorders
Mental Disorders processed this record on November 25, 2014