Valproate Response in Aggressive Autistic Adolescents
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00065884|
Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified June 2003 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).
Recruitment status was: Recruiting
First Posted : August 5, 2003
Last Update Posted : June 24, 2005
|Condition or disease||Intervention/treatment||Phase|
|Autism||Drug: Valproate||Phase 3|
Autism is a complex biological disorder that generally lasts throughout a person’s life. It starts before age three and causes delays or problems with many different ways in which a person develops or grows. Some people with autism become very aggressive and can hurt others or themselves. This study will test the hypothesis that aggressive autistic adolescents will show a significantly greater response to valproate maintained at blood levels of 75-100 mcg/ml than to placebo. The study will also assess the safety of valproate in autistic adolescents. This represents the first double-blind study of valproate in mentally retarded/developmentally delayed populations.
Participants in this study will undergo DSM-IV evaluation, the Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised and Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, and baseline blood tests. After baseline screening, all participants will be given a placebo for 1 week. Participants will then be randomized to receive either valproate or placebo for 8 weeks. Dosage adjustment according to blood levels drawn at the end of weeks 2 and 4 will be arranged with parents by a child psychiatrist without breaking the blind. The Aberrant Behavior Check-list-Community (ABC-C) irritability subscale will be the primary measure; the Overt Aggression Scale (OAS), ABC-C hyperactivity subscale, Clinical Global Impressions (CGI) problem severity, Self-Injurious Behavior Questionnaire (SIB-Q), and a valproate side effects checklist will be secondary measures.
|Study Type :||Interventional (Clinical Trial)|
|Enrollment :||30 participants|
|Intervention Model:||Factorial Assignment|
|Official Title:||Valproate Response in Aggressive Autistic Adolescents|
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00065884
|United States, Kansas|
|Outpatient MR/Autism Clinic, University of Kansas||Recruiting|
|Kansas City, Kansas, United States, 66160|
|Contact: Marilyn Weckbaugh, RN 913-588-1315 email@example.com|
|Principal Investigator:||Jessica A. Hellings, M.D.||University of Kansas|