Effect of Lithium Versus Placebo in Adults With Treatment-Resistant Depression Who Are Receiving Ketamine

The purpose of this research study is to compare the antidepressant effect of lithium versus placebo in adults receiving ketamine.

Lithium is available commercially for depression; ketamine is available commercially and can help the symptoms of depression; however, it has not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for this use. The FDA has allowed the use of this drug in this research study.

Study was withdrawn due to the Principal Investigator relocating.

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Status Withdrawn
Start date 30 November 2017
End date 01 December 2018
Chance of happening 0%
Phase Phase II
Design Blinded
Type Interventional
Generation First
Participants 0
Sex All
Age 18- 62
Therapy No

Trial Details

This is a randomized clinical trial in adults with Treatment-Resistant Depression. All participants will receive three intravenous (IV) Ketamine (KET) infusions over 7 days. Before receiving the first KET infusion, subjects will be randomized to 2 weeks of pre-KET treatment with either Lithium or matching placebo. Pre-treatment medications will then be continued in a double-blind manner during the acute phase administration of ketamine. Questionnaires will be administered at baseline, prior to each KET infusion, and at 40, 100, and 120 minutes after each infusion, and again at weekly intervals following the third (final) KET infusion for 4 weeks, using standardized rating scales. Those who achieve positive response (>50% decrease in questionnaire total score from baseline) will be given 4 additional once-weekly KET infusions (same dose and infusion rate).

NCT Number NCT03290963

Sponsors & Collaborators

Yale University
The Yale Psychedelic Science Group was established in 2016.

Measures Used

Montgomery-Asberg Depression Rating Scale
A ten-item diagnostic questionnaire used to measure the severity of depressive symptoms in patients with mood disorders.

Data attribution

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