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Ketamine Clinical Trials

Low-dose Ketamine Infusion Among Adolescents With Treatment-resistant Depression: a Randomized, Double-blind Placebo-control Study

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Id: NCT05045378

Organisation Name: Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taiwan

Overal Status: Recruiting

Start Date: March 15, 2022

Last Update: April 11, 2022

Lead Sponsor: Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taiwan

Brief Summary: In the past decades, the prevalence of adolescent depression and suicide increased significantly in Taiwan and worldwide. To date, the suicide mortality is the second mortality cause in the adolescent and young adult population in Taiwan. Previous studies reported that up to 40% of adolescents with major depressive disorder did not respond to at least two traditional antidepressants with the optimal dose and adequate duration. Those patients would be considered the cases with treatment-resistant depression (TRD), which is related to the poor prognosis, chronic depressive course, higher suicidal risk, severer cognitive dysfunction, and greater family burdens. However, much less studies investigated the treatment strategy for adolescent TRD compared with that for adult TRD. In this decade, low-dose ketamine infusion has been proved as a rapid-acting antidepressant for adult patients with TRD. In recent 5 years, the investigators study team finished two randomized, double-blind, and placebo-control trials to support the rapid antidepressant and anti-suicidal effect in Taiwanese adult patients with TRD. The investigators published several SCI studies about the investigators clinical findings and the underlying brain mechanisms. In the following 4 years, the investigators will conduct a new randomized, double-blind, and placebo-control trial in the adolescent TRD. It will be the first clinical trial for ketamine effect in adolescent TRD worldwide. The investigators will enroll 54 adolescents aged between 13 and 19 with TRD in four years. The investigators hypothesize that low-dose ketamine will be effective and well tolerable for adolescents with TRD.

  • Treatment-resistant Depression
  • Major Depressive Disorder

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