Geodon (Ziprasidone) for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Information source: Creighton University
Information obtained from ClinicalTrials.gov on June 20, 2008
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Condition(s) targeted: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder; Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder; PTSD
Intervention: Ziprasidone (Drug)
Phase: Phase 4
Sponsored by: Creighton University
Official(s) and/or principal investigator(s):
Frederick Petty, MD, PhD, Principal Investigator, Affiliation: Creighton University
Atypical antipsychotics have shown promise in the treatment of depression and anxiety, which
are prominent symptoms of PTSD. The profile of the atypical antipsychotic, ziprasidone
(Geodon), suggests possible anxiolytic and antidepressant properties. This research will
assess the potential effectiveness of Geodon in civilian men and women who suffer from severe
PTSD. Response to ziprasidone or placebo will be measured by Clinician Administered PTSD
Scale (CAPS) and Treatment Outcomes PTSD Scale (TOP-8).
Official title: Geodon (Ziprasidone) for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Study design: Diagnostic, Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo Control, Parallel Assignment, Efficacy Study
Primary outcome: Response to ziprasidone or placebo (inactive drug) will be measured by Clinician Administered PTSD Scale (CAPS) and Treatment Outcomes PTSD Scale (TOP-8).
Secondary outcome: A secondary aim of the study is to measure effects on depression and anxiety symptoms in the same persons, using the HAM-A, HAM-D and the CGI. Quality of life will also be assessed using the QOLI.
PTSD is a common disorder with 10% lifetime prevalence among Americans. The major causes of
PTSD are sexual assault, accidents, disasters Despite this public health burden, only two
drugs, sertraline (Zoloft) and paroxetine (Paxil), are approved by the FDA for the treatment
of PTSD. New options for the treatment of PTSD are much needed. Approximately half of
patients with PTSD respond to Zoloft and Paxil. Many patients experience psychotic symptoms
with PTSD, which may not respond to treatment to Zoloft and Paxil.
Though classified as an anxiety disorder in the DSM-IV, PTSD is accompanied by psychotic
symptoms in almost half of patients (Butler et al 1996; Hamner et al 1999, Lindley et al
2000). Also, PTSD has an extensive comorbidity with major depressive disorder (Davis et al
2000). While Geodon is approved by the FDA in the United States for the treatment of
psychosis, it has not been evaluated for the treatment of PTSD . A clinical trial of Geodon
in PTSD will help delineate the potential antidepressant spectrum of efficacy of Geodon as
well as its anxiolytic profile.
Minimum age: 19 Years.
Maximum age: 64 Years.
- Men & women with DSM-IV clinical diagnosis of PTSD who are able to attend weekly
- Age 19-64, not pregnant and either sterile or using a medically acceptable method of
- A willingness and ability to provide competent signed informed consent
- A level of understanding sufficient to perform all tests and examinations required by
the protocol (including fluency of spoken English)
- Any diagnosis of schizophrenia or bipolar I disorder, or active substance dependence
- Unstable general medical condition or serious illness (e. g.. death or hospitalization
is anticipated within one year), poor kidney function, liver function (defined as lab
values ≥ three times the upper limit of the laboratory normal) and seizure disorders
with the exception of childhood seizure disorders.
- Subjects with prior non-response to Geodon for the treatment of PTSD with an adequate
- Enrollment in any study drug within the last 30 days. Current pharmacotherapy is
permitted, provided that the medication and dose have been stable for the past 90
- Pregnancy or nursing
- Any subject judged clinically to be at serious suicidal risk in the opinion of the
Locations and Contacts
Creighton University Psychiatry and Research Center, Omaha, Nebraska 68131, United States
Starting date: December 2002
Ending date: April 2005
Last updated: September 14, 2006