Testosterone Antidepressant Augmentation in Women

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Mass General Brigham

Status

Completed

Conditions

Depression

Treatments

Drug: Testosterone
Drug: Placebo

Study type

Interventional

Funder types

Other
Industry
NIH

Identifiers

NCT01783574
2012D000537
R34MH09931501A1 (Other Identifier)

Details and patient eligibility

About

The investigators' hypotheses are: Low-dose testosterone augmentation improves depressive symptoms in women with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) and antidepressant partial/nonresponse, adjunctive low-dose testosterone is safe and well-tolerated in women with MDD and antidepressant partial/nonresponse, and low-dose testosterone augmentation improves fatigue and sexual dysfunction.

Enrollment

101 patients

Sex

Female

Ages

21 to 75 years old

Volunteers

No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  1. Female, age 21-75
  2. Major depressive disorder including MADRS>/=12
  3. Currently treated with an antidepressant monotherapy (1st, 2nd or 3rd trial in current episode), that has been taken at an adequate dose for at least six weeks.

Exclusion criteria

  1. Serious suicide or homicide risk, as assessed by evaluating clinician
  2. Unstable medical illness including cardiovascular, hepatic, renal, respiratory, endocrine, neurologic
  3. Substance use disorder active within last six months, or clinical suspicion of ongoing substance use disorder at the discretion of the study clinician at time of screening based on history and/or laboratory results.
  4. Any history of psychotic features, bipolar disorder, or primary obsessive compulsive disorder, as assessed by SCID
  5. Currently treated with typical or atypical antipsychotic medications, or lithium
  6. Untreated hypothyroidism. If treated hypothyroidism, change in levothyroxine dose within the prior 3 mos
  7. Use of androgens, including testosterone, dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) and methyltestosterone, within the prior three months
  8. Any investigational psychotropic drug within the last thirty days
  9. In the judgment of the study clinician, unlikely to be able to participate safely throughout the study period (three or more episodes of self-harm in the past year, documented history of poor treatment adherence, or frequent missed appointments (>50%) in the past year)
  10. ALT > 3x upper limit of normal or creatinine> 3x upper limit
  11. History of a hormone-responsive cancer

Trial design

Primary purpose

Treatment

Allocation

Randomized

Interventional model

Parallel Assignment

Masking

Double Blind

101 participants in 2 patient groups, including a placebo group

Testosterone
Active Comparator group
Description:
Testosterone cream will be applied to skin for 8 weeks. Starting dose is 10 mg daily and will be titrated based on blood levels.
Treatment:
Drug: Testosterone
Placebo
Placebo Comparator group
Description:
Placebo cream will appear identical to the testosterone cream and will be applied to skin for 8 weeks.
Treatment:
Drug: Placebo

Trial documents
2

Trial contacts and locations

2

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