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Amphetamines clinical trials at UCSF
2 in progress, 1 open to new patients

  • Oxytocin HIV Meth Study

    open to eligible males ages 18–65

    The purpose of this pilot study is to determine the tolerability, feasibility, and preliminary effectiveness of intranasal oxytocin administration prior to motivational enhancement group therapy sessions on laboratory-based measures of addiction, social connectedness, and stress responsivity in methamphetamine(meth)-using men who have sex with men (MSM). The investigators propose a randomized, double-blind, study of intranasal oxytocin versus placebo 40 IU prior to each of six Motivational Interviewing Group Therapy (MIGT) sessions in 28 mixed HIV sero-status MSM initiating treatment for amphetamine use disorder.

    San Francisco, California

  • Mirtazapine for the Treatment of Methamphetamine Dependence Among MSM (M2.0)

    Sorry, in progress, not accepting new patients

    The investigators recently conducted a double-blind, randomized controlled trial (n=60) of limited duration (12 weeks), and found that compared with placebo, oral mirtazapine, an FDA-approved antidepressant, significantly reduced meth use in those receiving mirtazapine, as determined by reduction in meth-positive urines. Sexual risk behaviors also declined significantly in the mirtazapine arm compared to placebo. Mirtazapine decreased meth use despite low adherence: by medical event monitoring system (MEMS) caps, only 48.5% of daily doses were taken. All participants received weekly substance use counseling and monthly, brief clinician-delivered adherence counseling. The investigators propose expanding upon these results by lengthening the treatment period to 24 weeks, with adherence reminders added to the counseling, and determining if efficacy is sustained up to 12 weeks after drug discontinuation. The sample size for this 9-month study is 120.

    San Francisco, California