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Bipolar Disorder | Simvastatin Augmentation of Lithium Treatment in Bipolar Depression

Bipolar Disorder research study

What is the primary objective of this study?

Primary Aim: To estimate the antidepressant efficacy of simvastatin versus placebo as an adjunct to lithium, valproate, and/or other atypical antipsychotic therapy among individuals with bipolar I disorder in a nonpsychotic major depressive episode. Hypothesis: Simvastatin will be superior to placebo in improvement of depressive symptoms assessed by the Montgomery-Asberg Depression Rating Scale (MADRS).

Who is eligible to participate?

Inclusion: - Age 18-65 - written informed consent - meets Diagnostic and Statistical Manual - IV (DSM-IV) criteria (by Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV (SCID-I/P)) for bipolar I disorder, current episode depressed - Montgomery-Asberg Depression Scale (MADRS) score of at least 20 (i.e., moderate depression) and no greater than 34 (i.e., severe depression) at screen and baseline visit - Young Mania Rating Scale (YMRS) score < 12 at screen and baseline visit - currently treated with a lithium preparation (carbonate or citrate) at stable dose for at least 4 wks with level >0.4 and <1.0; and/or valproate at stable dose for at least 4 wks at level >60 and <110; and/or other atypical antipsychotic at stable dose for at least 4 weeks (at least minimum FDA-labeled dose). Exclusion: - Psychotic features in the current episode, as assessed by YMRS item #8>6 - felt by the study clinician to require inpatient hospitalization for adequate management - more than 3 failed pharmacologic interventions in the current major depressive episode, exclusive of primary mood stabilizer - current substance use disorder other than nicotine, by SCID-I/P - pregnant women or women of child bearing potential who are not using a medically accepted means of contraception (to include oral contraceptive or implant, condom, diaphragm, spermicide, intrauterine device, tubal ligation, or partner with vasectomy) - women who are breastfeeding - serious suicide or homicide risk, as assessed by evaluating clinician - other unstable medical illness including cardiovascular, hepatic, renal, respiratory, endocrine, neurological, or hematological disease, based on review of medical history, physical examination, and screening laboratory tests - patients who have taken an investigational psychotropic drug within the last 30 days - patients receiving additional anticonvulsant, antipsychotic, or antidepressant within 1 week prior to study entry - patients requiring continued treatment with excluded medications (see below). Excluded medications: other statins, which could influence Wnt signaling; any other drug known to interact with simvastatin, including potent inhibitors/inducers of CYP3A4 such as itraconazole, ketoconazole, posaconazole, erythromycin, clarithromycin, telithromycin, voriconazole, cyclosporine or danazol; gemfibrozil or other lipid-lowering drugs that can cause myopathy when given alone; amiodarone, ranolazine, verapamil, diltiazem, or amlodipine; niacin; digoxin; coumarin anticoagulants; colchicine; nefazodone; protease inhibitors including ritonavir, indinavir, nelfinavir, or saquinavir. Allowed: benzodiazepines and sedative-hypnotic agents if dosage has been stable for 2 weeks prior to study entry; thyroid or estrogen replacement provided dosage has been stable for 1 month; antidepressants, antipsychotics, and anticonvulsants provided dosage has been stable for 1 week prior to study entry.

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

Bipolar Disorder

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:SimvastatinThe study uses the Sequential Parallel Comparison design (SPCD), with two 4-week phases: n=30 subjects are randomized 1:1 to simvastatin versus placebo add-on for 4 weeks, with the nonresponders re-randomized 1:1 for a further 4 weeks. The SPCD will allow us to pool data from both phases to estimate the simvastatin treatment effect. Subjects who respond in phase 1, and all subjects who receive simvastatin in phase 1, continue blinded treatment in phase 2 to preserve the blind, but only phase 1 results are analyzed. Dosage for simvastatin or matched placebo 20mg daily for 8 weeks.

Drug:PlaceboSubjects (n=15) are randomized to placebo add-on for 4 weeks, with the nonresponders re-randomized 1:1 to statin vs placebo for a further 4 weeks. Subjects who respond in phase 1 continue blinded treatment in phase 2 to preserve the blind, but only phase 1 results are analyzed. Dosage for simvastatin or matched placebo 20mg daily for 8 weeks.

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.

Simvastatin-SimvastatinSubjects will receive simvastatin in phase 1 (4 weeks) and phase 2 (4 weeks)

Placebo->SimvastatinPlacebo non-responders after the 1st 4 weeks will be re-randomized 1:1 to placebo or simvastatin for the next 4 weeks

Placebo-PlaceboPlacebo nonresponders for the 1st 4 weeks will be re-randomized 1:1 to placebo or simvastatin for the subsequent 4 weeks

Study Status

Terminated

Start Date: August 2012

Completed Date: October 2014

Phase: Phase 2

Type: Interventional

Design:

Primary Outcome: Change in MADRS (4 Weeks)

Secondary Outcome:

Study sponsors, principal investigator, and references

Principal Investigator: Roy H Perlis, MD, MSc

Lead Sponsor: Massachusetts General Hospital

Collaborator:

More information:https://clinicaltrials.gov/show/NCT01665950

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