An Extended-Release Form of Clonidine as an Anti-Manic Agent: An Add-on, Open-Label Study

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Mass General Brigham

Status and phase

Terminated
Phase 4

Conditions

Bipolar Disorder, Mania

Treatments

Drug: extended-release clonidine

Study type

Interventional

Funder types

Other

Identifiers

NCT03065933
2011-P-002018/1 McLean;

Details and patient eligibility

About

The investigators plan to to study an extended-release form of clonidine, which the investigators hope will be even better tolerated than the immediate-release form, as an antimanic agent. Subjects will receive an extended-release form of clonidine in addition to their usual medication regimen on the second day of this three-day study. Rating scales, a record of sleep, and a questionnaire of adverse effects will be recorded on each of the 3 days. Any medication changes made by the attending psychiatrist and prns administered will be recorded throughout the study.

Full description

Clonidine has been reported to be effective in a variety of hyperadrenergic states, including mania. It is generally well-tolerated and does not result in the severe adverse effects that are associated with many antipsychotics and mood stabilizers used in the treatment of mania, such as weight gain and akathisia. There is some suggestion that clonidine may be particularly effective in a subset of refractory cases and in patients who cannot tolerate antipsychotic medications or lithium. The investigators plan to to study an extended-release form of clonidine, which the investigators hope will be even better tolerated than the immediate-release form, as an antimanic agent. Subjects will receive an extended-release form of clonidine in addition to their usual medication regimen on the second day of this three-day study. Rating scales, a record of sleep, and a questionnaire of adverse effects will be recorded on each of the 3 days. Any medication changes made by the attending psychiatrist and prns administered will be recorded throughout the study. The investigators believe that studying as few as 10 subjects will give the investigators a sense as to whether the addition of clonidine is helpful in reducing manic symptoms and if the rate of adverse effects is unacceptable.

Enrollment

5 patients

Sex

All

Ages

18 to 60 years old

Volunteers

No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  • meet SCID criteria for bipolar disorder, type I, Mania with YMRS > 15
  • No significant improvement in symptoms after three or more days of hospitalization
  • documented medical evaluation without identified acute or serious medical illness
  • negative pregnancy test in women of child-bearing age

Exclusion criteria

  • involuntary commitment or lack of capacity to provide informed consent
  • low blood pressure

Trial design

Primary purpose

Treatment

Allocation

N/A

Interventional model

Single Group Assignment

Masking

None (Open label)

5 participants in 1 patient group

clonidine as an antimanic agent
Experimental group
Description:
Subjects with Bipolar Disorder, Mania receive an extended-release form of clonidine on the second day of this 3-day study. Rating scales, record of sleep, and a questionnaire of adverse effects is recorded on each of the three days.
Treatment:
Drug: extended-release clonidine

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