Use of Modafinil in the Treatment of Tinnitus

2014-08-26 22:33:53 | BioPortfolio


A study on the effects of the FDA approved drug Modafinil upon attention problems associated with tinnitus. This is considered to be a safe drug with few side effects. Each subject will be asked to participate in 3 sessions each lasting approximately 1 hour in which cognitive testing and recordings will be taken. The study involves each subject taking a 2- week supply of Modafinil and a 2- week supply of placebo. We hypothesize inattention related to thalamocortical dysrhythmia found in tinnitus can be reduced by Modafinil thus improving tinnitus symptoms and vigilance.


Modafinil, a drug primarily used in the treatment for narcolepsy, is also being using in treating attention problems found in Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD). This study will investigate the efficacy of Modafinil upon attention deficits found in tinnitus patients by assessing pre-attentional and attentional processes in alleviating some of the symptoms associated with tinnitus (e.g., attention deficits, sleep disturbance, mood affect, and/or depression).

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Control: Placebo Control, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment, Masking: Single Blind (Subject), Primary Purpose: Treatment




Modafinil, Placebo


University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Little Rock
United States




University of Arkansas

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-26T22:33:53-0400

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