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A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial to assess the efficacy of topiramate in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Author(s): Mello MF, Yeh MS, Barbosa Neto J, Braga LL, Fiks JP, Mendes DD, Moriyama TS, Valente NL, Costa MC, Mattos P, Bressan RA, Andreoli SB, Mari JJ

Affiliation(s): Department of Psychiatry, Universidade Federal de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil. mf-mello@uol.com.br

Publication date & source: 2009-05-29, BMC Psychiatry., 9:28.

Publication type: Comparative Study; Randomized Controlled Trial

BACKGROUND: Topiramate might be effective in the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) because of its antikindling effect and its action in both inhibitory and excitatory neurotransmitters. Open-label studies and few controlled trials have suggested that this anticonvulsant may have therapeutic potential in PTSD. This 12-week randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial will compare the efficacy of topiramate with placebo and study the tolerability of topiramate in the treatment of PTSD. METHODS AND DESIGN: Seventy-two adult outpatients with DSM-IV-diagnosed PTSD will be recruited from the violence program of Federal University of Sao Paulo Hospital (UNIFESP). After informed consent, screening, and a one week period of wash out, subjects will be randomized to either placebo or topiramate for 12 weeks. The primary efficacy endpoint will be the change in the Clinician-administered PTSD scale (CAPS) total score from baseline to the final visit at 12 weeks. DISCUSSION: The development of treatments for PTSD is challenging due to the complexity of the symptoms and psychiatric comorbidities. The selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are the mainstream treatment for PTSD, but many patients do not have a satisfactory response to antidepressants. Although there are limited clinical studies available to assess the efficacy of topiramate for PTSD, the findings of prior trials suggest this anticonvulsant may be promising in the management of these patients. TRIAL REGISTRATION: NCT 00725920.

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