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A 12-Week, Placebo Controlled Trial of Ziprasidone as Monotherapy for Major Depressive Disorder

Information source: Massachusetts General Hospital
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Condition(s) targeted: Major Depressive Disorder

Intervention: Ziprasidone (Drug); Ziprasidone (Drug); Placebo (Drug)

Phase: Phase 2

Status: Completed

Sponsored by: Massachusetts General Hospital

Official(s) and/or principal investigator(s):
George I Papakostas, M.D., Principal Investigator, Affiliation: Massachusetts General Hospital
John M Zajecka, M.D., Principal Investigator, Affiliation: Psychiatric Medicine Associates, L.L.C.
Richard C Shelton, M.D., Principal Investigator, Affiliation: Vanderbilt University
Andrew Winokur, M.D., Principal Investigator, Affiliation: University of Connecticut Health Center
Gustavo Kinrys, M.D., Principal Investigator, Affiliation: Cambridge Health Alliance
Waguih IsHak, M.D., Principal Investigator, Affiliation: Cedar's Sinai
Mahmoud S Okasha, MD, Principal Investigator, Affiliation: Comprehensive Psychiatric Care, Norwich CT


This is a study on the effectiveness, tolerability and safety of oral ziprasidone as monotherapy in patients with major depressive disorder (MDD). Outpatients suffering from MDD will be treated with either ziprasidone or placebo for 12 weeks. Hypothesis: There will be a statistically significant difference in the magnitude of response, as measured by a decrease in baseline 17-item Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HAM-D-17) scores, between the two treatment groups; the reduction in HAM-D-17 scores will be greater in the ziprasidone monotherapy group than in the placebo group.

Clinical Details

Official title: A 12-Week, Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Parallel-Sequential Trial of Ziprasidone as Monotherapy for Major Depressive Disorder

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

Primary outcome: Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HAM-D-17) Scores

Secondary outcome:


Change in 6-VAS-D Scores During Each Phase.

Detailed description: Exploratory hypothesis 1: There will be a statistically significant difference in the percentage of responders in the two treatment groups; response rates will be significantly higher for the ziprasidone monotherapy compared to the placebo group. Exploratory hypothesis 2: The change in 6-VAS-D scores during the trial will be highly correlated to the change in HAM-D-17 and QIDS-SR during the trial.


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


Inclusion Criteria: 1. Age 18-65. 2. Written informed consent. 3. MDD, current according to the fourth version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) as diagnosed by the Mini International Neuropsychiatric Interview (MINI; Sheehan et al, 1998).

4. Quick Inventory of Depressive Symptomatology - Self-Rated (QIDS-SR- Trivedi et al,

2004) score of at least 10 at both screen and baseline visits. Exclusion Criteria: 1. Pregnant women. 2. Women of child bearing potential who are not using a medically accepted means of contraception (to include oral contraceptive or implant, condom, diaphragm, spermicide, intrauterine device, tubal ligation, or a partner with vasectomy). 3. Treatment with antidepressants for 2 weeks prior to the screen visit. If interested in discontinuing their current medication, potential participants must discuss this possibility with the prescribing physician. Study doctors will not implement any form of treatment washout. 4. Patients who no longer meet DSM-IV criteria for MDD during the baseline visit, or patients who demonstrate a 25% or greater reduction in QIDS-SR scores, screening to baseline. 5. Serious suicide or homicide risk, as assessed by the evaluating clinician or a score of 4 on the third item of the HAM-D. 6. Unstable medical illness including cardiovascular, hepatic, renal, respiratory, endocrine, neurological, or hematological disease. 7. Patients who meet criteria for alcohol or substance dependence, active within the last month. 8. Any bipolar disorder (current or past). 9. Any psychotic disorder (current or past). 10. Psychotic features in the current episode or a history of psychotic features. 11. History of a seizure disorder. 12. Clinical or laboratory evidence of untreated hypothyroidism. 13. Patients requiring excluded medications (see table 1 for details). 14. Prior course of ziprasidone, or intolerance to ziprasidone at any dose. 15. Any investigational psychotropic drug within the last 3 months. 16. Patients with significant cardiac conduction problems on screening electrocardiogram such as atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter, atrio-ventricular block, prolonged or abnormal QTc interval (i. e. QTc>450msec), or prolonged QRS interval. 17. Patients who have suffered a myocardial infarction within the past 12 months, with uncompensated heart failure, or a history of QTc prolongation. 18. Patients with abnormal serum potassium or magnesium levels upon screening. 19. Patients currently taking other drugs that prolong the QTc including dofetilide, sotalol, quinidine, class Ia antiarrhythmics, class III antiarrhythmics, mesoridazine, thioridazine, chlorpromazine, droperidol, pimozide, sparfloxacin, gatifloxacin, moxifloxacin, halofantrine, mefloquine, pentamidine, arsenic trioxide, levomethadyl acetate, dolasetron methylate, probucol or tacrolimus. 20. Patients who have failed to experience significant clinical improvement following 3 or more antidepressant trials of adequate duration (at least 6 weeks) and dose (minimal effective doses defined as: fluoxetine, paroxetine, citalopram 20mg; sertraline, fluvoxamine 50mg, escitalopram 10mg, paroxetine CR 25mg, venlafaxine 75mg, duloxetine 60mg, bupropion 150mg, 15mg of mirtazapine, trazodone or nefazodone 300mg).

Locations and Contacts

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California 90048, United States

University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, Connecticut 06030-6415, United States

Comprehensive Psychiatric Care, Norwich, Connecticut 06360, United States

Psychiatric Medicine Associates, L.L.C., Chicago, Illinois 60612, United States

Massachusetts General Hosptial, Boston, Massachusetts 02114, United States

Cambridge Health Alliance, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139, United States

Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee 37212, United States

Additional Information

Depression Clinical and Research Program at MGH

Starting date: March 2008
Last updated: June 23, 2014

Page last updated: August 20, 2015

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