Schizophrenia | A Double-Blind, Controlled Study of Aripiprazole in Co-Morbid Schizophrenia and Cocaine Dependence

Schizophrenia research study

What is the primary objective of this study?

The purpose of this study is to gather systematic clinical data on whether aripiprazole, a partial dopamine agonist, beneficially affects schizophrenia plus cocaine dependence subjects. Since aripiprazole has established effects against schizophrenia, the study focuses on whether aripiprazole concurrently reduces co-morbid cocaine dependence in schizophrenia plus cocaine dependence sufferers compared to a standard typical antipsychotic treatment (perphenazine). The working hypothesis states that subjects in the aripiprazole treatment arm of the study will give fewer cocaine positive urine specimens as compared to the perphenazine control arm.

Who is eligible to participate?

Inclusion Criteria: 1. Have a primary DSM-IV diagnosis of Schizophrenia or Schizoaffective disorder 2. Have a DSM-IV diagnosis of current cocaine dependence. 3. Are capable of reading, comprehending, and signing informed consent. 4. Agree to take Aripiprazole or Perphenazine as treatment for SCHZ and CD. 5. Agree to stop taking any other antipsychotic medication 6. If female and of child bearing potential (WOCBP) agree to use an acceptable form of birth control and have a negative pregnancy test within 2 days prior to starting study medication Exclusion Criteria: 1. Under 18 years old or over 65 years old. 2. Refusal or inability to give informed consent, 3. Have a history of myocardial infarction or ischemic heart disease, heart failure or conduction abnormalities, cerebrovascular disease, or conditions that would predispose to hypotension (dehydration, hypovolemia), 4. A history of seizures or conditions that lower the seizure threshold 5. Have current suicidal ideation (history of suicide attempt in past 60 days) 6. Are actively psychotic which in the opinion of the investigator would preclude proper informed consenting or protocol adherence 7. Are receiving or plan to receive an agent metabolized by the Cytochrome P450-3A4 or -2D6 systems, including carbamazepine, ketoconazole, quinidine, fluoxetine, and paroxetine 8. WOCBP not on, or do not agree to use an acceptable form of contraception 9. Known sensitivity to aripiprazole or perphenazine 10. A diagnosis of current or past tardive dyskinesia 11. Pending legal charges or a court mandate for drug treatment 12. Currently taking concomitant medications that have been shown to reduce cocaine use, such as disulfiram 13. Clinically significant liver function abnormalities 14. Currently receiving depot neuroleptics

Which medical condition, disease, disorder, syndrome, illness, or injury is researched?


Cocaine Dependence

Study Interventions

Interventions can include giving participants drugs, medical devices, procedures, vaccines, and other products that are either investigational or already available or noninvasive approaches such as surveys, education, and interviews.

Drug:Aripiprazole15-30 mg

Drug:Perphenazine8-16 mg

Study Arms

Research studies and clinical trials typically have two or more research arms. An arm is a group of people who receive the same treatment in the study.



Study Status

Unknown status

Start Date: August 2008

Completed Date: May 2014

Phase: Phase 2

Type: Interventional


Primary Outcome: The proportion of negative urine drug screen results will be significantly greater in the subjects treated with aripiprazole than in those treated with perphenazine.

Secondary Outcome: The mean total self-report cocaine use days will be significantly fewer in subjects treated with aripiprazole than in those treated with perphenazine.

Study sponsors, principal investigator, and references

Principal Investigator: Thomas P Beresford, MD

Lead Sponsor: Paul Saenger


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