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Methamphetamines clinical trials at University of California Health

7 in progress, 4 open to eligible people

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  • Effect of Methamphetamine on Residual Latent HIV Disease Study

    open to eligible people ages 18-65

    The most commonly used illicit stimulant in HIV-infected individuals is methamphetamine (MA). Prior studies demonstrate strong evidence that MA promotes increased HIV transcription as well as immune dysregulation. A challenge in achieving worldwide HIV eradication is targeting specific marginalized populations who are most likely to benefit from an HIV cure but possess poorer immune responses. For this study, HIV+ infected ART-suppressed individuals with no prior history of MA use disorder will be administered oral methamphetamine (the maximum FDA approved daily dose for the treatment of childhood obesity) to determine the effects of short-term MA exposure on residual virus production, gene expression, and inflammation. Measures of MA exposure in urine and serum will then be associated with residual virus production, gene expression, cell surface immune marker protein expression, and systemic markers of inflammation. The clinical trial data will generate advanced gene expression and immunologic data to identify potential novel targets for reversing HIV latency, reducing inflammation, and personalizing future therapies in HIV+ individuals who use MA.

    at UCSF

  • Exercise in Methamphetamine Use Disorder Upregulation and Neural Function

    open to eligible people ages 18-65

    The purpose of this research study is to determine the effects of an exercise intervention and health-education program on brain dopamine receptors and on cognitive functions that have been linked to these receptors.

    at UCLA

  • Inflammation in Methamphetamine and STIs (IMSTI)

    open to eligible males ages 18-45

    This clinical trial aims to investigate the effects of a decline in methamphetamine use on rectal inflammatory cytokine levels, substance use contexts, and HIV/STI risk behavior. This clinical trial also seeks to evaluate joint effects of methamphetamine use and rectal gonorrhea/chlamydia infection on rectal inflammatory cytokine levels. The proposed trial will consist of 40 HIV uninfected MSM, half with rectal gonorrhea/chlamydia infection at enrollment (n=20), with methamphetamine use disorder that will receive contingency management for methamphetamine reduction. Following baseline measurement, participants will be observed over the course of 8 weeks, where participants will complete behavioral surveys, provide urine for drug testing, and rectal samples for measurement of rectal inflammatory cytokine levels.

    at UCLA

  • Intermittent Oral Naltrexone Enhanced With an Ecological Momentary Intervention for Methamphetamine-using MSM

    open to eligible males ages 18-70

    This is a double-blind, placebo-controlled phase 2b trial in which 54 MSM who use meth will be randomly assigned (2:1) to receive 12 weeks of as-needed intermittent oral naltrexone 50 mg enhanced with an EMA-informed EMI platform, or receive as-needed placebo with EMA-informed EMI. The 12-week treatment period is consistent with other pharmacotherapy trials for substance use disorders. The proposed sample size is also consistent with other phase 2b trials for substance use treatment. Upon enrollment, participants will complete daily EMA assessments and weekly visits for behavioral surveys and urine testing for meth metabolites, study drug dispensing and computer-based counseling for substance use. Safety laboratory assessments and vital signs will be completed monthly. Efficacy (Specific Aims 1-3) will be assessed upon trial completion as measured by proportion meth-positive urine samples; PrEP and ART adherence by drug levels and viral load testing; and sexual risk behavior data accounting for PrEP use and viral suppression.

    at UCSF

  • Cardiovascular Effects of Prenatal Methamphetamine Exposure

    Sorry, not currently recruiting here

    Methamphetamine (MA) is one of the commonly used drugs during pregnancy. Cardiovascular effects of MA include elevated blood pressure, acute vasospasm, atherosclerotic disease, structural and electrical remodeling of cardiac tissue leading to arrhythmias and heart failure, and pulmonary hypertension.1 In addition, MA can cause neurotoxicity with harmful effects on neurodevelopment in the children who had prenatal exposure.5-8 Currently neonatal providers do not perform detailed cardiovascular evaluation in newborn period or long term neurodevelopmental assessments as outpatient for the newly born infants with prenatal exposure to MA, and they do not qualify for early intervention. The goal of the investigators is to perform detailed cardiovascular evaluation in neonatal period and estimate baseline prevalences and follow up with developmental and cardiovascular assessment using a questionnaire at 12 months in a cohort of neonates enriched with those who had prenatal exposure to MA.

    at UC Davis

  • Dopamine D2/D3 Receptor Upregulation by Varenicline in Methamphetamine Users

    Sorry, accepting new patients by invitation only

    While deficits in dopamine D2-type receptor availability have been linked to substance use disorders, higher availability associates with better behavioral treatment outcomes for stimulant dependence and resilience to addiction. Varenicline has been shown to upregulate D2-type receptors in drug-naive rats, and could be a useful therapeutic approach for the treatment of addictive disorders in humans. The purpose of the study is to assess the relationship between varenicline, dopamine signaling (specifically, D2-type receptor availability), functional connectivity within corticostriatal circuitry, genetic markers associated with smoking and methamphetamine abuse, and measures of cognitive performance. The investigators hypothesize that varenicline but not placebo will upregulate (increase) striatal dopamine D2-type receptor availability and improve cognition, and that the change in availability will correlate with the change in cognition. The investigators also hypothesize that varenicline but not placebo treatment will repair dysregulated connectivity between the striatum and prefrontal cortex observed in methamphetamine users, and will correlate with the change in cognition. The study design consists of two positron emission tomography (PET) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans to measure dopamine D2-type receptor availability and functional connectivity between the prefrontal cortex and striatum, two cognitive testing sessions including a battery of tests assessing working memory, declarative memory, sustained attention, inhibitory control, and reward-based decision making. Following eligibility screening, thirty six methamphetamine users will be enrolled and tested/scanned once prior to initiation of varenicline or placebo treatment and then again after completion of treatment.

    at UCLA

  • Mirtazapine and Methamphetamine Drug-drug Interaction Study

    Sorry, not currently recruiting here

    This is a drug-drug interaction (DDI) study of mirtazapine for methamphetamine (MA) use disorder (MUD) to ensure the safety of this medication in the presence of a relevant dose of MA for people actively-using MA. Aim 1: To determine if mirtazapine alters the cardiovascular response to IV MA. Aim 2: To determine if the pharmacokinetics of IV MA are altered by mirtazapine administration. Aim 3: To evaluate the above aims in the setting of concomitant administration of methadone. This study involves two simultaneous within-subject drug-drug interaction studies, each comprised of 12 participants. A total of 24 subjects will be enrolled who have methamphetamine use disorder who will be classified into 2 groups: (Group 1: no opioids; Group 2: opioid use disorder on methadone maintenance). Subjects will be randomized to the order of mirtazapine and placebo (i.e. one-half will receive mirtazapine first, then placebo; one-half will receive placebo first, then mirtazapine).

    at UCLA

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