An Open Label Trial of Bupropion and Naltrexone for Binge Drinking
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02842073|
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : July 22, 2016
Results First Posted : December 26, 2018
Last Update Posted : December 26, 2018
|Condition or disease||Intervention/treatment||Phase|
|Binge Drinking||Drug: Naltrexone Drug: Bupropion||Phase 2|
This is an open-label Phase IIa pilot study of the tolerability and effects on binge drinking of bupropion and naltrexone for binge drinkers.
Participants: Investigators will recruit 12 men or women ages 21-34 years who exhibit a minimum of 5/3 (men/women) or more binge drinking episodes per month over the past three months. A binge drinking episode is defined as the consumption of 5/4 (men/women) standard drinks (~12 gms ethanol) in about a two hour period. Subjects may meet DSM-V criteria for mild or moderate alcohol use disorder. Subjects with overt physical dependence on alcohol, significant medical problems including seizures or bulimia, other substance use disorder except for occasional marijuana (based on toxicology screen) or significant psychiatric illness will be excluded.
Procedures (methods): As a first step in human trials investigators will give open label bupropion + naltrexone to active binge drinking subjects. The primary goal here is to assess tolerability and acceptability though changes in binge drinking and subjective sense of "effect" will be gathered as well. Investigators will also test cortical adaptation to binge drinking by completing tactile sensory testing and comparing the results to controls and individuals with overt physical dependence on alcohol. Investigators will recruit subjects using the e-mail listserve for UNC students, faculty and staff.
Investigators will use standard clinical doses of bupropion-XL 300 mg/d (lower seizure risk) and naltrexone 50 mg/d dispensed by the UNC Investigational Drug Services. Bupropion XL will be initiated at 150 mg/d on Days 1-4 and increased to 300 mg/d for Days 5-84. Naltrexone will be initiated at 25 mg/d from Days 7-9 and then go to 50 mg/d for Days 10-84. Subjects will be seen at screening and then at Weeks 0, 1, 3, 5, 8 and 12. Subjects will be breathalyzed and receive Medical Management counseling to encourage compliance and progress towards drinking goals. Investigators will use the Time Line Follow-Back approach to assess alcohol consumption history modified to include time taken to consume alcohol and define a binge. They will also measure craving for alcohol and will assess tolerability by probing for adverse effects. Key outcomes of interest include tolerability and acceptability, drinking behavior including frequency and intensity of binge drinking, and craving for alcohol. Because this is an open-label trial without a placebo comparison group no formal statistics will be completed and efficacy will not be assessed. Instead, this pilot study will inform investigators about the recruitment of binge drinkers, the tolerability and acceptability of bupropion/naltrexone in this population and potential efficacy signals.
|Study Type :||Interventional (Clinical Trial)|
|Actual Enrollment :||12 participants|
|Intervention Model:||Single Group Assignment|
|Masking:||None (Open Label)|
|Official Title:||Assessing Changes in the Brain Melanocortin System and Sensory Processing in Response to Alcohol to Advance Our Understanding of the Pathophysiology and Psychopharmacology of Binge Drinking|
|Actual Study Start Date :||November 1, 2016|
|Actual Primary Completion Date :||December 13, 2017|
|Actual Study Completion Date :||December 13, 2017|
Experimental: Naltrexone and Buproprion
Investigators will use standard clinical doses of bupropion-XL 300 mg/d (lower seizure risk) and naltrexone 50 mg/d dispensed by the UNC Investigational Drug Services. Bupropion XL will be initiated at 150 mg/d on Days 1-4 and increased to 300 mg/d for Days 5-84. Naltrexone will be initiated at 25 mg/d from Days 7-9 and then go to 50 mg/d for Days 10-84.
Standard clinical doses of naltrexone 50 mg/d dispensed by the UNC Investigational Drug Services. Naltrexone will be initiated at 25 mg/d from Days 7-9 and then go to 50 mg/d for Days 10-84.
Standard clinical doses of bupropion-XL 300 mg/d (lower seizure risk) dispensed by the UNC Investigational Drug Services. Bupropion XL will be initiated at 150 mg/d on Days 1-4 and increased to 300 mg/d for Days 5-84.
- Number of Participants With Treatment-Associated Adverse Events [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ]Tolerability assessed by specifically probing for intervention-associated adverse effects.
- Number of Participants Discontinuing Subsequent to Defined Intolerance [ Time Frame: Throughout study, a total of approximately 12 weeks ]Retention was evaluated indirectly by accounting for those participants who discontinued either naltrexone or bupropion or study participation itself due to intolerance.
- Number of Binge Drinking Days During Treatment [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ]The number of binge drinking days during treatment with bupropion + naltrexone
- Final Penn Alcohol Craving Scale (PACS) Score [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ]Craving for alcohol will be assessed using the Penn Alcohol Craving Scale (PACS) The PACS is a five-item self-administered instrument for assessing craving. Frequency, intensity, and duration of thoughts about drinking are assessed along with ability to resist drinking. The final item asks the responder to provide an average rating of his/her craving over the course of the past week. The questions on the PACS use descriptors coupled with numerical ratings ranging from 0 to 6 with the highest possible total score of 30. Higher scores reflect a higher level of craving. This outcome measure is the final PACS total score obtained in the trial.
- Mean Number of Drinks/Binge Drinking Day During Treatment [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ]
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT02842073
|United States, North Carolina|
|University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill|
|Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States, 27599|
|Principal Investigator:||James Garbutt||UNC Chapel Hill|