Psychopharmacology of Fear-Potentiated Startle in Humans
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00044096|
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : August 19, 2002
Last Update Posted : July 5, 2018
|First Submitted Date||August 16, 2002|
|First Posted Date||August 19, 2002|
|Last Update Posted Date||July 5, 2018|
|Study Start Date||August 15, 2002|
|Primary Completion Date||Not Provided|
|Current Primary Outcome Measures||Not Provided|
|Original Primary Outcome Measures||Not Provided|
|Current Secondary Outcome Measures||Not Provided|
|Original Secondary Outcome Measures||Not Provided|
|Current Other Pre-specified Outcome Measures||Not Provided|
|Original Other Pre-specified Outcome Measures||Not Provided|
|Brief Title||Psychopharmacology of Fear-Potentiated Startle in Humans|
|Official Title||Psychopharmacology of Fear-Potentiated Startle in Humans|
The purpose of this study is to understand the effects of the drug alprazolam (Xanax ) on anxiety.
To understand the effect of anxiety-relieving drugs on fear and anxiety, researchers often have participants anticipate unpleasant stimuli. Anticipating unpleasant stimuli increases or potentiates a simple reflex called the startle reflex. The so-called fear-potentiated startle reflex (FPS) effect may be blocked or reduced by anxiety-relieving drugs. Evidence suggests that the FPS can be mediated by two mechanisms that regulate the phasic- and sustained enhancement of startle. This study will elicit phasic and sustained FPS in participants by having them anticipate moderately painful stimuli that are administered predictably and unpredictably. The main goal of this study is to assess the affect of alprazolam on the phasic and sustained enhancement of startle.
This study comprises two pilot experiments and a main study. Participants in the study will be screened with a psychiatric history, physical examination, electrocardiogram (EKG), and blood and urine tests. Participants will four testing sessions separated by 5 to 10 days. At each session, participants will be given one of two doses of alprazolam, diphenhydramine, or placebo (an inactive pill). Questionnaires and other tests will be performed.
Recent breakthroughs in biomedical research have not improved the ability to identify successful pharmacological treatments derived from novel candidate compounds. This is partly due to the inability of the existing scientific approach to translate candidate anxiolytics identified through the drug discovery process into efficient psychopharmacological treatment of patients. A new drug development approach urgently needs to be implemented to improve predictability and efficiency in translating the basic science explosion into validated drug targets. A key approach to improve the selection of candidate anxiolytics for clinical trials is to fill the gap between animal models and clinical studies in patients by implementing tests in healthy humans with a predictive validity of subsequent clinical efficacy. As a step towards this goal, we developed integrative experimental models of fear and anxiety in non-clinical subjects. We now use these models to identify the anxiolytic and anxiogenic properties of various compounds. The current specific objectives are to 1) further test the psychopharmacological validity of the model using recognized anxiolytics (the SSRI citalopram), 2) test the properties of compounds that are hypothesized to be anxiolytic or anxiogenic (e.g., oxytocin, arginine vasopressin, hydrocortisone) and 3) examine the time course of the anxiolytic effect of the benzodiazepine alprazolam on FPS.
Medically and psychiatrically healthy males and females ages 18 to 45.
The study examines fear and anxiety elicited by unpleasant electric shock delivered predictably and unpredictably, respectively. The following drugs will be tested:
1) Citalopram, 2) oxytocin and arginine vasopressin, 3) hydrocortisone, 4) alprazolam.
The primary outcome measure is the startle reflex. Secondary measures include the skin conductance response, the heart rate, and subjective measures of anxiety.
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|Target Follow-Up Duration||Not Provided|
|Sampling Method||Not Provided|
|Study Population||Not Provided|
|Study Groups/Cohorts||Not Provided|
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|Study Completion Date||September 17, 2013|
|Primary Completion Date||Not Provided|
Subjects will be healthy volunteers between 18-45 years old and free of current psychopathology and organic central nervous system disorders.
|Ages||18 Years to 45 Years (Adult)|
|Accepts Healthy Volunteers||Yes|
|Contacts||Contact information is only displayed when the study is recruiting subjects|
|Listed Location Countries||United States|
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|Other Study ID Numbers||020263
|Has Data Monitoring Committee||Not Provided|
|U.S. FDA-regulated Product||Not Provided|
|IPD Sharing Statement||Not Provided|
|Responsible Party||Not Provided|
|Study Sponsor||National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)|
|PRS Account||National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC)|
|Verification Date||September 17, 2013|