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Los Angeles, California 90025


Purpose:

The purpose of this study is to determine whether DAT availability, assessed by WIN binding, in the striatum is altered in cocaine or methamphetamine dependence. To determine whether DA synthesis capacity, assessed by FDOPA uptake, in the striatum is altered in Coc or Meth dependence. To determine whether the PET tracers, WIN or FDOPA, will differentiate Meth induced alterations from those induced by Coc use. To determine whether the PET characterization of striatal alterations observed at 3-5 days since last drug use persists at least 3 months after last drug use.


Study summary:

4-5 Day inpatient study. Participant will have scanned pictures (MRI & PET scans) taken of their brain after being injected with a small amount of WIN, a radioactive substance. Participants give daily urine samples and fill out health related questionnaires. It is important to determine whether the alterations characterized within one week of last drug use persist over a longer time period. Based on results of the studies from aims 1 & 2, we will decide which of the 2 probes, WIN or FDOPA-PET is the more sensitive index of stimulant-dependency-induced changes.


Criteria:

Inclusion Criteria: M/F, ages 21-50. Meet DSM-IV criteria for methamphetamine and nicotine dependence. Agree to conditions of the study and sign informed consent. Exclusion Criteria: Psychiatric disorder that requires medication therapy. History of seizures. Pregnant and/or nursing women. Dependence on ETOH or benzodiazepines or other sedative/hypnotics. Acute hepatitis. Other medical conditions that deem participation to be unsafe.


NCT ID:

NCT00000350


Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
Walter Ling, M.D.
Friends Research Institute, Inc.


Backup Contact:

N/A


Location Contact:

Los Angeles, California 90025
United States



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Site Status: N/A


Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: July 23, 2017

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