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Treating Drug-Resistant Childhood Schizophrenia

2014-08-27 03:55:41 | BioPortfolio

Summary

This study will compare clozapine and olanzapine (Zyprexa®) for the treatment of children and adolescents who have failed standard antipsychotic treatment for schizophrenia.

Description

Schizophrenia is a devastating illness regardless of the age at which it presents. When this disorder occurs in childhood or adolescence, the consequences in terms of functional impairment, loss of developmental opportunities, and family and societal burden are particularly dramatic.

Evidence supports the improved efficacy and/or side effect profile of atypical antipsychotic medication in adults. Thus, it is essential to examine whether the potential benefits of these agents can be extended to children, particularly children who have failed standard treatment.

Patients are randomly assigned to receive either clozapine or olanzapine daily for 12 weeks. Patients meet with the study team once a week to discuss progress and record side effects. Three parent meetings take place during the study. During these meetings, questions are discussed and support and education about schizophrenia are given to parents. Various scales to measure psychotic, manic, aggressive, and depressive symptoms are used to assess patients.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Control: Active Control, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor), Primary Purpose: Treatment

Conditions

Schizophrenia

Intervention

Olanzapine, Clozapine

Location

Bronx Children's Psychiatric Center
Bronx
New York
United States
10461

Status

Completed

Source

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:55:41-0400

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