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Bupropion as a Smoking Cessation Aid in Alcoholics

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00044434
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : August 30, 2002
Last Update Posted : January 29, 2008
Information provided by:
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

Brief Summary:
The purpose of this study is to test the use of time-released bupropion (Wellbutrin) in patients receiving treatment for alcohol abuse/dependence as an aid to stop smoking. Patients will receive either a time-released bupropion or placebo. Both groups will receive nicotine replacement therapy during the 9 week study. A final followup assessment will be conducted 6 months from the start of treatment.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Alcoholism Smoking Drug: bupropion (Wellbutrin) Phase 4

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Enrollment : 200 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Masking: Double
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Bupropion as a Smoking Cessation Aid in Alcoholics
Study Start Date : May 2002
Actual Primary Completion Date : April 2005
Actual Study Completion Date : April 2005

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Ages Eligible for Study:   25 Years to 75 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Currently a patient in the Omaha VA Medical Center, Substance Abuse Treatment Center (SATC) or at Catholic Charities Campus for Hope.
  • Have a diagnosis of alcohol abuse or alcohol dependence.
  • Smoke 20 or more cigarettes/day (may also smoke pipes/cigars).
  • Be interested in quitting smoking.
  • Provide name, addresses, and phone numbers of at least two individuals who can provide information on their alcohol, nicotine, and other drug use during the follow-up period.
  • If female, patient must a) be of non-childbearing potential, b) have a negative pregnancy test, c) sign a document stating they do not plan on becoming pregnant during the study.
  • Agree to sign informed consent.
  • Able to read and understand study-related forms and procedures.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Advanced cardiac, pulmonary, renal, or liver disease.
  • History of seizures.
  • History of brain tumor or significant head trauma.
  • History of bulimia or anorexia nervosa.
  • Current major depressive disorder or past history of panic disorders, schizophrenia, or bipolar affective disorder.
  • Using psychoactive drugs.
  • Receiving treatment with medications that lower seizure thresholds.
  • Use of an investigational drug in any study in the past four weeks.
  • Currently using any asthma medication.
  • Used time-released bupropion in the past 12 months.
  • Currently using any other treatments to stop smoking.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00044434

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United States, Nebraska
VA/Nebraska/Western Iowa Health Care System
Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 68105
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
Layout table for additonal information Identifier: NCT00044434    
Other Study ID Numbers: NIAAAGRA13689
First Posted: August 30, 2002    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: January 29, 2008
Last Verified: January 2008
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Alcohol-Related Disorders
Substance-Related Disorders
Chemically-Induced Disorders
Mental Disorders
Antidepressive Agents, Second-Generation
Antidepressive Agents
Psychotropic Drugs
Dopamine Uptake Inhibitors
Neurotransmitter Uptake Inhibitors
Membrane Transport Modulators
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Dopamine Agents
Neurotransmitter Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Cytochrome P-450 CYP2D6 Inhibitors
Cytochrome P-450 Enzyme Inhibitors
Enzyme Inhibitors