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Quetiapine in Co-Morbid Depressive and Anxiety Disorders

Information source: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
ClinicalTrials.gov processed this data on August 23, 2015
Link to the current ClinicalTrials.gov record.

Condition(s) targeted: Major Depressive Disorder; Dysthymic Disorder; Anxiety Disorders; Generalized Anxiety Disorder; Social Anxiety Disorder; Panic Disorder; Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

Intervention: Quetiapine (Drug); Placebo (Drug)

Phase: N/A

Status: Completed

Sponsored by: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Official(s) and/or principal investigator(s):
Arun Ravindran, MD, PhD, Principal Investigator, Affiliation: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health


This multi-centred study will be conducted at three centres. The design will be a randomized, placebo-controlled, parallel-group one. This investigation will evaluate the efficacy of add-on Quetiapine XR (extended release) treatment for patients who meet diagnostic criteria for depressive disorders and one or more comorbid anxiety disorder.

Clinical Details

Official title: Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Effectiveness Study of Quetiapine XR in Co-Morbid Depressive and Anxiety Disorders

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

Primary outcome: Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HAMD-17)

Secondary outcome:

Hamilton Anxiety Scale

Quality of Life Enjoyment and Satisfaction Scale

Penn State Worry Questionnaire

Panic Disorder Severity Scale

Leibowitz Social Anxiety Scale

Post-traumatic Diagnostic Scale

Clinical Global Impression Scale

Detailed description: The primary objective is to examine the beneficial effect of quetiapine augmentation of first-line antidepressants in refractory depression with co-morbid anxiety, compared to placebo. It is hypothesized that significant improvement on depression and anxiety symptoms will be seen as evidenced by reduction in Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HAMD-17) and Hamilton Anxiety Scale (HAMA) scores after the 12 week treatment period for those who received Quetiapine XR augmentation compared to those who received placebo. 2.2 Secondary objectives: 1) To establish the tolerability and safety of Quetiapine XR versus Placebo in patients with co-morbid depressive and anxiety disorders;2) To assess and compare the efficacy of Quetiapine XR versus Placebo improving quality of life in patients with co-morbid depressive and anxiety disorders.; 3) To assess and compare the efficacy of Quetiapine XR versus Placebo on clinical measures symptoms associated to co-morbid depressive and anxiety disorders.


Minimum age: 18 Years. Maximum age: 65 Years. Gender(s): Both.


Inclusion Criteria:

- Provision of written informed consent

- Male and female patients must be of 18 to 65 years of age.

- Women of childbearing potential must have a negative pregnancy test and must, in the

investigator's opinion, practice a clinically accepted, reliable method of contraception during this study.

- A diagnosis of Major Depressive Disorder or Dysthymic Disorder as defined by DSM-IV

criteria and failed to respond to at least one first line treatment. The patient must be receiving antidepressant treatment (SSRIs, SNRIs or mirtazapine).

- A co-morbid diagnosis of one or more of the following: Generalized Anxiety Disorder,

Social Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, as defined by DSM-IV criteria

- A minimum score of ≥17 at Baseline on the 17-item HAM-D.

- Able to understand and comply with the requirements of the study

Exclusion Criteria:

- The presence or history of Psychotic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Mood Disorders

with Psychotic Features

- Patients who, in the investigator's judgment, would require treatment with additional

psychotherapeutic drugs, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), or intensive psychotherapy during the course of the study.

- ECT within the preceding 6 months of screening before inclusion.

- Regular, formal psychotherapy (excluding supportive therapy) started within the last

3 months before inclusion.

- Patients who, in the opinion of the investigator, pose an imminent risk of suicide or

a danger to self or others

- Known intolerance or lack of response to quetiapine fumarate.

- Use of any of the following cytochrome P450 3A4 inhibitors in the 14 days preceding


- Use of any of the following significant cytochrome P450 inducers in the 14 days

preceding enrolment

- Patients who are currently receiving: monoamine oxidase inhibitors, tricyclic

antidepressants, oral neuroleptics, or type 1C anti-arrhythmics within two weeks of screening; herbal psychoactive treatments (St. John's Wort, Kava Kava, Gingko Biloba) within two weeks of screening.

- Patients taking SSRIs or SNRIs for less than two weeks or at a less than therapeutic

dose prior to enrolment.

- Patients who require concurrent psychotropic medication other than allowed medication

specified in protocol.

- Administration of a depot antipsychotic injection within one dosing interval (for the

depot) before randomisation.

- Patients who have met DSM-IV criteria for abuse of or dependence on any drug,

including alcohol within 3 months prior to screening.

- Medical conditions that would affect absorption, distribution, metabolism, or

excretion of study treatment

- Unstable or inadequately treated medical illness (e. g. congestive heart failure,

angina pectoris, hypertension) as judged by the investigator

- Patients with clinically significant abnormalities in hematology, clinical chemistry,

urinalysis or ECG at the screening visit.

- Involvement in the planning and conduct of the study

- Previous enrolment or randomisation of treatment in the present study.

- Participation in another drug trial within 4 weeks prior enrolment into this study or

longer in accordance with local requirements

- A patient with Diabetes Mellitus (DM) fulfilling one of the following

criteria: a)Unstable DM (HbA1c) >8. 5%, b) hospital admission for DM or DM related illness in past 12 weeks, c)not under physician care for DM, d) physician responsible for patient's DM care has not approved patient's participation in the study,or indicated DM is controlled e)change in dose of oral hypoglycaemic drug(s) and/or diet for the 4 weeks prior to randomisation. For thiazolidinediones (glitazones) this period will not be less than 8 weeks, g)taking insulin whose daily dose on one occasion in the past 4 weeks has been more than 10% above or below their mean dose in the preceding 4 weeks (Note: If a diabetic patient meets one of these criteria, the patient is to be excluded even if the treating physician believes that the patient is stable and can participate in the study)

- An absolute neutrophil count (ANC) of <= 1. 5 x 10^9 per

Locations and Contacts

Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, Chatham, Ontario N7L1B7, Canada

Centre for Neuropsychiatric Study, Markham, Ontario L6B 1A1, Canada

Credit Valley Medical Arts Centre, Mississauga, Ontario L5M 4N4, Canada

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Ontario M5T 1R8, Canada

Additional Information

Information about research at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Starting date: June 2008
Last updated: August 20, 2014

Page last updated: August 23, 2015

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