Double-Blind Placebo Controlled Study of Adjunctive Aripiprazole for Symptomatic Hyperprolactinemia In Premenopausal Women With Schizophrenia (DAAMSEL)
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01338298|
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : April 19, 2011
Results First Posted : May 16, 2018
Last Update Posted : September 27, 2019
Prolactin is a hormone that naturally occurs in the body. Some women taking antipsychotic medications may have high levels of prolactin in their bodies. High levels of prolactin may cause women to have problems with sex or satisfaction from sex. It may also cause women to have fewer or no menstrual periods. It may also cause the production of breast milk and may contribute to long term bone loss.
In this study, the investigators are testing whether taking adding a low dose of an antipsychotic medication called aripiprazole may help improve high prolactin levels and help with sexual dysfunction or problems with menstrual periods. The investigators are also looking to see if it may slow the loss of bones. This medication has been shown to be helpful for improving symptoms of schizophrenia.
|Condition or disease||Intervention/treatment||Phase|
|Hyperprolactinemia||Drug: Aripiprazole Drug: Placebo||Not Applicable|
This will be a 16-week, double blind, placebo controlled randomized trial of aripiprazole added to an existing stabilized regimen of antipsychotics (either risperidone or paliperidone oral or long acting injectable formulations) for treatment of elevated symptomatic prolactin levels. Aripiprazole dosing will begin at 5 mg/day once daily and increased to 10mg by mouth once daily at the end of week 2 and then increased to 15 mg/day once daily at the end of week 8 in women who have not yet regained their menstrual period. If a woman gets her menstrual period on the 5 or 10 mg dose she will remain on this dose for the study. Women will remain on their current stabilized medication regimen during the course of the adjunctive trial of aripiprazole or placebo. Subjects will be able to receive anticholinergic medications as needed (e.g., benztropine and diphenhydramine) for extrapyramidal side effects, propranolol for akathisia, and benzodiazepines (e.g.,lorazepam) for agitation or anxiety.
Participants will be assigned to either get aripiprazole or placebo (a sugar pill), this will be decided randomly with a 50-50 chance of receiving one or the other medication. The placebo will be sucrose filled capsules that are identical to the active medication. It is double blind so no one will know if the capsule is placebo or aripiprazole. The dosing will be the exact same, one capsule taken daily until week 8. At this time 2 capsules will be given if the participant dose not regains their menstrual period.
|Study Type :||Interventional (Clinical Trial)|
|Actual Enrollment :||60 participants|
|Intervention Model:||Parallel Assignment|
|Masking:||Quadruple (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)|
|Official Title:||Double-Blind Placebo Controlled Study of Adjunctive Aripiprazole for Symptomatic Hyperprolactinemia In Premenopausal Women With Schizophrenia|
|Actual Study Start Date :||January 2011|
|Actual Primary Completion Date :||December 2016|
|Actual Study Completion Date :||December 2016|
|Active Comparator: Aripiprazole||
Aripiprazole dosing will begin at 5 mg/day once daily and increased to 10mg by mouth once daily at the end of week 2 and then increased to 15 mg/day once daily at the end of week 8 in women who have not yet regained their menstrual period. If a woman gets her menstrual period on the 5 or 10 mg dose she will remain on this dose for the study.
Other Name: Abilify
|Placebo Comparator: Placebo||
The placebo will be sucrose filled capsules that are identical to the active medication. It is double blind so no one will know if the capsule is placebo or aripiprazole.
- To Determine if Adjunct Aripiprazole Will Resolve or Improve Prolactin Related Hormonal Side Effects (Amenorrhea, Oligomenorrhea, Galactorrhea). [ Time Frame: 16 Weeks ]We will assess this outcome by monitoring the return of menstruation and the elimination of lactation. We hypothesize that adjunct aripiprazole will resolve hormonal effects in women with symptomatic hyperprolactinemia stabilized on risperidone (or paliperidone).
- To Test Whether Adjunctive Aripiprazole Will Improve Quality/Perceived Quality of Life. [ Time Frame: 16 Weeks ]We will measure if patients' symptoms improve, improvement in their sexual dysfunction or distress and if they feel better with the elimination of the side effects. We hypothesize that aripiprazole will improve psychiatric symptoms, quality of life, sexual functioning and perceived wellness relative to placebo in women stabilized on risperidone (or paliperidone).
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01338298
|United States, Maryland|
|Maryland Psychiatric Research Center|
|Catonsville, Maryland, United States, 21228|
|Principal Investigator:||Deanna L Kelly, Pharm.D., BCPP||University of Maryland, College Park|