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Escitalopram Treatment of Night Eating Syndrome

This study has been completed.
St. Louis University
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Duke University Identifier:
First received: February 3, 2008
Last updated: July 9, 2014
Last verified: February 2013

Night-Eating Syndrome (NES) is an eating disorder characterised by excessive eating at night, sleep disturbance and morning anorexia. This 12-week study examines the effect of escitalopram on symptoms of NES.

Condition Intervention
Night Eating Syndrome
Drug: Escitalopram
Drug: Placebo

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Escitalopram Treatment of Night Eating Syndrome: a Randomized Controlled Trial

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Further study details as provided by Duke University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Night Eating Syndrome Questionnaire [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    The Night Eating Questionnaire (NEQ) is a 14-item self-report scale designed to assess the symptoms of NES including nocturnal ingestions, evening hyperphagia, morning anorexia, and mood/sleep. Scores range from 0-56, with higher scores indicative of greater severity. The NEQ has an acceptable internal consistency reliability (.70). A cut-score of 25 has been shown to yield a positive predictive value of .62.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • BDI II [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • CISS [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • PSS [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • TFEQ [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • CGI-I [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Lipids [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 40
Study Start Date: October 2008
Study Completion Date: July 2011
Primary Completion Date: August 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: A
Drug: Escitalopram
10-20 mg
Placebo Comparator: B
Drug: Placebo


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 70 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Age 18-70 years
  • Presence of NES
  • BMI 25-50

Exclusion Criteria:

  • History of schizophrenia or other psychoses
  • History of bipolar disorder, anorexia nervosa, bulimia, binge eating disorder
  • Current major depressive disorder
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Psychotropic drugs in the past month
  • Drugs or herbal remedies that significantly affect body weight, current participation in a weight loss program, currently following a specialized diet (e.g., Atkins, Zone, etc)
  • Lack of benefit with SSRI treatment for NES
  • Serious or unstable medical illness
  • Allergy or hypersensitivity to escitalopram
  • Pregnant, breast-feeding, or planning pregnancy in the next six months.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00636649

United States, Missouri
Saint Louis University
St. Louis, Missouri, United States, 63103
United States, North Carolina
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, North Carolina, United States, 27710
Sponsors and Collaborators
Duke University
St. Louis University
Principal Investigator: Kishore Gadde, MD Duke University
  More Information

Responsible Party: Duke University Identifier: NCT00636649     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: Pro00007133, LXP-MD-128A
Study First Received: February 3, 2008
Results First Received: December 7, 2012
Last Updated: July 9, 2014
Health Authority: United States: Food and Drug Administration

Keywords provided by Duke University:
Eating disorder

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Pathologic Processes
Anti-Dyskinesia Agents
Antidepressive Agents
Antidepressive Agents, Second-Generation
Antiparkinson Agents
Autonomic Agents
Central Nervous System Agents
Cholinergic Agents
Cholinergic Antagonists
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Muscarinic Antagonists
Neurotransmitter Agents
Neurotransmitter Uptake Inhibitors
Peripheral Nervous System Agents
Pharmacologic Actions
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Psychotropic Drugs
Serotonin Agents
Serotonin Uptake Inhibitors
Therapeutic Uses processed this record on November 27, 2014