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Pilot Study of Ketamine in Adults With Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

2014-07-23 21:09:35 | BioPortfolio

Summary

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a common psychiatric illness that affects up to 2-3% of the population. People with OCD experience anxiety-provoking, intrusive thoughts, known as obsessions, and feel compelled to perform repetitive behaviors, or compulsions. The only medications proven effective for OCD are serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SRIs), but even with SRI treatment, most patients continue to experience significant OCD symptoms, impaired functioning, and diminished quality of life. Recent evidence suggest that a different neurotransmitter, glutamate, may contribute to the symptoms in OCD. Medications that target glutamate hold promise for ameliorating symptoms for those patients continuing to suffer from OCD. In this study the investigators are recruiting patients to receive the drug ketamine, which is thought to modulate the neurotransmitter glutamate through the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA), in a 2-week placebo controlled study.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment, Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Investigator)

Conditions

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Intervention

Ketamine infusion, Saline

Location

New York State Psychiatric Institute
New York
New York
United States
10032

Status

Recruiting

Source

New York State Psychiatric Institute

Results (where available)

View Results

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-07-23T21:09:35-0400

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