Study of Safety and Effects of MDMA-assisted Psychotherapy for Treatment of PTSD (Canada)

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Lykos Therapeutics

Status and phase

Completed
Phase 2

Conditions

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Treatments

Behavioral: Therapy
Drug: Midomafetamine

Study type

Interventional

Funder types

Industry

Identifiers

NCT03485287
MP-17

Details and patient eligibility

About

This multi-site, open-label, Phase 2, lead-in study assesses the safety and effect of 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)-assisted psychotherapy in participants diagnosed with at least severe posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Therapy teams that have been identified and trained to work on the sponsor's planned Phase 3 studies will treat at least one open-label participant in this study. A flexible dose of MDMA (100 to 125 mg), followed by a supplemental half-dose, unless contraindicated, is administered during the Treatment Period with manualized therapy in three open-label monthly Experimental Sessions. This ~12-week Treatment Period is preceded by three Preparatory Sessions. During the Treatment Period, each Experimental Session is followed by three Integrative Sessions of non-drug psychotherapy. The primary outcome measure is the change in the Clinician Administered PTSD Scale for DSM 5 (CAPS-5) total severity scores from Baseline to Visit 19. The secondary outcome measure is the change in the customized version of the Sheehan Disability Scale (SDS) for PTSD for the MAPS studies total scores from Baseline to Visit 19.

Full description

PTSD is a stress-related psychiatric condition that may occur following a traumatic event such as war, disaster, sexual abuse, violence, terrorism, and accidents. PTSD negatively impacts a person's daily life, resulting in relationship difficulties, difficulty in finding and maintaining a job, reduced cognitive and psychosocial functioning, substance abuse, high-cost healthcare use, and increased depression and suicide risk. Available PTSD treatments, including medications and therapy, effectively treat only a fraction of people who try them for adequate dose and duration. People with PTSD can be treated with psychotherapies and pharmacotherapies. In the past decade, there has been a growing amount of research into medications and other methods that may augment the effectiveness of psychotherapy for PTSD 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine is a drug that releases serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine in the brain and indirectly increases levels of the neurohormones oxytocin, arginine vasopressin and cortisol. The combined neurobiological effects of MDMA increase compassion, reduce defenses and fear of emotional injury, and enhance communication and introspection. MDMA produces anxiolytic and prosocial effects, which counteract avoidance and hyperarousal in the context of therapy. A combined treatment of MDMA and psychotherapy may be especially useful for treating PTSD. This multi-site, open-label, Phase 2, lead-in study assesses the safety and effect of 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)-assisted psychotherapy in participants diagnosed with at least severe posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Therapy teams that have been identified and trained to work on the sponsor's planned Phase 3 studies will treat at least one open-label participant in this study. A flexible dose of MDMA (100 to 125 mg), followed by a supplemental half-dose, unless contraindicated, is administered during the Treatment Period with manualized therapy in three open-label monthly Experimental Sessions. This ~12-week Treatment Period is preceded by three Preparatory Sessions. During the Treatment Period, each Experimental Session is followed by three Integrative Sessions of non-drug psychotherapy. The primary outcome measure is the change in the Clinician Administered PTSD Scale for DSM 5 (CAPS-5) total severity scores from Baseline to Visit 19. The secondary outcome measure is the change in the customized version of the Sheehan Disability Scale (SDS) for PTSD for the MAPS studies total scores from Baseline to Visit 19.

Enrollment

4 patients

Sex

All

Ages

18+ years old

Volunteers

No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  • Are at least 18 years old
  • Are fluent in speaking and reading the predominantly used or recognized language of the study site
  • Agree to have study visits recorded, including Experimental Sessions, Independent Rater assessments, and non-drug psychotherapy sessions
  • Must provide a contact (relative, spouse, close friend or other caregiver) who is willing and able to be reached by the investigators in the event of a participant becoming suicidal or unreachable.
  • Must agree to inform the investigators within 48 hours of any medical conditions and procedures.
  • If of childbearing potential, must have a negative pregnancy test at study entry and prior to each Experimental Session, and must agree to use adequate birth control through 10 days after the last Experimental Session.
  • Must not participate in any other interventional clinical trials during the duration of the study,
  • Must be willing to remain overnight at the study site after each Experimental Session and be driven home after, and commit to medication dosing, therapy, and study procedures

Exclusion criteria

  • Are not able to give adequate informed consent
  • Have uncontrolled hypertension
  • Have a marked baseline prolongation of QT/QTc interval (e.g., repeated demonstration of a QTc interval >450 milliseconds [ms] corrected by Bazett's formula)
  • Have a history of additional risk factors for Torsade de pointes (e.g., heart failure, hypokalemia, family history of Long QT Syndrome)
  • Have evidence or history of significant medical disorders
  • Have symptomatic liver disease
  • Have history of hyponatremia or hyperthermia
  • Weigh less than 48 kilograms (kg)
  • Are pregnant or nursing, or are of childbearing potential and are not practicing an effective means of birth control.
  • Must not be abusing illegal drugs

Trial design

Primary purpose

Treatment

Allocation

N/A

Interventional model

Single Group Assignment

Masking

None (Open label)

4 participants in 1 patient group

MDMA-assisted therapy
Experimental group
Description:
Three sessions of MDMA-assisted therapy with flexible dose of MDMA from 100 to 125 mg and optional supplemental dose half that of initial dose 1.5 to 2 hours later
Treatment:
Drug: Midomafetamine
Behavioral: Therapy

Trial documents
3

Trial contacts and locations

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