Effects of Carvedilol on Cocaine Use in Humans - 11
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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00000294
: September 21, 1999
Last Update Posted
: January 12, 2017
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
University of Minnesota - Clinical and Translational Science Institute
The purpose of this study is to examine carvedilol effects in response to cocaine.
Condition or disease
The purpose of this study was to determine whether carvedilol, and alpha and beta adrenergic blocker, would inhibit the priming effect of cocaine in a laboratory model. A total of 12 subjects were enrolled in this double blind, placebo controlled, outpatient study. After an adaptation session, three experimental sessions were held, 2-9 days apart. On each of 3 experimental sessions, a single oral dose of low (25mg) or high dose of carvedilol (50mg) or placebo were administered. Two hours following carvedilol or placebo treatment, subjects received a priming dose of smoked cocaine, 0.4 mg/kg. during the second part of the session, subjects had the option to earn up to 2 tokens by working on a computer task that could later be exchanged for money or deliveries of cocaine. We proposed that blockage of adrenergic receptors by carvedilol would significantly alter the subjective and physiological effects of cocaine.
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Ages Eligible for Study:
20 Years to 55 Years (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
Male/Female between 20 and 55. History of smoked or intravenous cocaine use on the average of at least once a week over a 6 month period. current history of good health and normal EKG. Not pregnant as determined by pregnancy screening nor breast feeding, using acceptable birth control methods (e.g. birth control pills diaphragm, condoms plus foam)
Current problems with major psychiatric illnesses including bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or anxiety disorders. History of major medical illnesses including asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Currently on a drug related parole or probation. Treated for chemical dependency withing the past 6 months.
Central Nervous System Depressants
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Sensory System Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents