Glucocortoid Antagonist Treatment of Alcohol Use Disorder

Trial ID:
Barbara Mason
The primary hypotheses under test are that alcohol dependent subjects treated with mifepristone will report decreased craving for alcohol following cue- and stress induced exposure in the laboratory and report fewer symptoms of protracted abstinence (e.g., craving, anxiety, mood and sleep disturbances) under naturalistic conditions, significantly more than those treated with placebo.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Male or female volunteers, 18-65 years of age
  • Meets DSM-IV criteria for current alcohol dependence
  • Subjects will not be seeking treatment because the medication studies are not treatment trials
  • Subjects must be abstinent a minimum of 3 days (but not more than 7 days) prior to the human lab session
  • Negative BAC and a CIWA score of < 8 at screening and time of lab session to eliminate acute alcohol or withdrawal effects on dependent measures
  • Subjects must be able to complete and understand questionnaires and study procedures in English and sign an informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Significant medical disorders that will increase potential risk or interfere with study participation as determined by the Study Physician
  • Female subjects with childbearing potential who are pregnant, nursing, or refuse to use double barrier (non-hormonal) methods of birth control for the duration of the study and one month thereafter
  • Meets DSM-IV criteria for a major Axis I disorder including mood or anxiety disorders or substance dependence disorders other than alcohol or nicotine dependence
  • History of allergy or hypersensitivity to the study drugs or the ingredients
  • Treatment within the month prior to screening with 1.) an investigational drug or vaccine; 2.) drugs that may influence study outcomes, e.g., disulfiram (Antabuse), naltrexone (ReVia), acamprosate (Campral), anticonvulsants, antidepressants.
  • In need of or currently taking any psychoactive medications.