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Double-Blind Lamictal (Lamotrigine) in Neurotic Excoriation

Information source: University of Chicago
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Condition(s) targeted: Neurotic Excoriation; Pathologic Skin Picking; Psychogenic Excoriation; Dermatillomania

Intervention: Lamictal (lamotrigine) (Drug); Placebo (Drug)

Phase: Phase 2

Status: Completed

Sponsored by: University of Chicago

Official(s) and/or principal investigator(s):
Jon E Grant, M.D., Principal Investigator, Affiliation: University of Minnesota - Clinical and Translational Science Institute


The goal of the proposed study is to evaluate the comparative efficacy of Lamictal (lamotrigine) to placebo in neurotic excoriation. Thirty subjects with neurotic excoriation will receive 12 weeks of double-blind treatment with Lamictal (lamotrigine) or matching placebo. The hypothesis to be tested is that Lamictal (lamotrigine) will be more effective than placebo in patients with neurotic excoriation. The proposed study will provide needed data on the treatment of a disabling disorder that currently lacks a clearly effective treatment.

Clinical Details

Official title: A Double-Blind Study of Lamictal in Neurotic Excoriation

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

Primary outcome: The Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale Modified for Neurotic Excoriation (NE-YBOCS) Will be the Primary Outcome Measure

Detailed description: The study will consist of 12 weeks of double-blind treatment with Lamictal (lamotrigine) compared to placebo (1: 1) in 30 subjects with neurotic excoriation.


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


Inclusion Criteria: 1. men and women age 18-65; 2. current diagnosis of neurotic excoriation. Exclusion Criteria: 1. unstable medical illness or clinically significant abnormalities on prestudy laboratory tests or physical examination; 2. history of seizures; 3. myocardial infarction within 6 months; 4. current pregnancy or lactation, or inadequate contraception in women of childbearing potential; 5. a need for medication other than Lamictal with possible psychotropic effects or unfavorable interactions with Lamictal; 6. clinically significant suicidality; 7. lifetime history of DSM-IV bipolar disorder type I, dementia, or schizophrenia or any other DSM-IV psychotic disorder; 8. current or recent (past 3 months) DSM-IV substance abuse or dependence; 9. illegal substance use within 2 weeks of study initiation; 10. initiation of psychotherapy or behavior therapy from a mental health professional within 3 months prior to study baseline; 11. previous treatment with Lamictal (lamotrigine); 12. treatment with investigational medication or depot neuroleptics within 3 months, with fluoxetine within 6 weeks, or with other psychotropics within 2 weeks prior to study baseline; 13. current treatment with an anti-epileptic medication.

Locations and Contacts

Ambulatory Research Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55454, United States
Additional Information

Starting date: August 2007
Last updated: August 6, 2013

Page last updated: August 23, 2015

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