Mineralocorticoid Receptor in the Treatment of Severe Depression
The proposed research aims to compare the onset of action and the efficacy of fludrocortisone, a mineralocorticoid receptor agonist vs. spironolactone, a mineralocorticoid antagonist, vs. placebo as augmentation to a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) in 65 inpatients with severe depression. The study will also explore the utility of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis in predicting treatment response. The study will be a 5-week randomized and double-blind trial of fludrocortisone vs. spironolactone vs. placebo during three years.
Allocation: Randomized, Control: Placebo Control, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Double-Blind, Primary Purpose: Treatment
Spironolactone, fludrocortisone, escitalopram
University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf
Results (where available)
- Source: http://clinicaltrials.gov/show/NCT00295347
- Information obtained from ClinicalTrials.gov on July 15, 2010
Medical and Biotech [MESH] Definitions
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