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Clavulanic Acid (CLAV) and Cocaine Interaction Safety Study

2015-10-01 07:53:23 | BioPortfolio

Summary

The main purpose of this study is to determine if it is safe to use the study drug, clavulanic acid, in combination with cocaine. In this study, subjects will receive intravenous (i.v.) cocaine and the study drug, clavulanic acid. The safety of clavulanic acid is being studied so future studies can be done to find out if this drug is helpful in treating cocaine dependence. Currently, there is no available medication treatment for cocaine dependence.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Safety Study, Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment, Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Investigator), Primary Purpose: Treatment

Conditions

Cocaine Dependence

Intervention

Clavulanic acid, Intravenous cocaine, Placebo

Location

Temple University Hospital - Episcopal Campus
Philadelphia
Pennsylvania
United States
19125

Status

Not yet recruiting

Source

Temple University

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2015-10-01T07:53:23-0400

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