The purpose of this research study is to study the effects (both good and bad) of combining
quetiapine and topiramate for treating symptoms of bipolar mania (an illness with periods of
elation, excessive excitement, irritability, high energy, racing thoughts, poor sleep, poor
judgment, reckless behavior) and to study the effects (both good and bad) of combining
quetiapine and topiramate for reducing use of alcohol.
Specific Aim 1: To collect preliminary data regarding the efficacy and tolerability of
topiramate for the treatment of alcohol use disorders (alcohol abuse and dependence) in
adolescents with bipolar disorder.
Hypothesis 1: We hypothesize that topiramate in combination with quetiapine will lead to
greater reduction in alcohol consumption (number of drinks per day, number of drinks per
drinking day, and number of heavy drinking days) and greater abstinence (percentage of days
abstinent) compared with quetiapine alone.
Specific Aim 2: To obtain preliminary data regarding the efficacy of topiramate for reducing
manic symptoms in adolescents with co-occurring alcohol use and bipolar disorders.
Hypothesis 2: We hypothesize that the topiramate in combination with quetiapine will produce
greater reduction in Young Mania Rating Scale (YMRS) scores than quetiapine alone.
1. Ages 12-25 years;
2. DSM-IV-TR83 criteria for bipolar disorder, type I, manic or mixed episode;
3. Young Mania Rating Scale (YMRS)86-88 score of > 16 at screening and baseline visits;
4. DSM-IV-TR83 criteria for current alcohol abuse or dependence;
5. Drinking >8 drinks in 30 days within the previous 6 months while meeting DSM-IV
criteria for alcohol abuse or dependence.
One standard drink is defined as 0.35 liters of beer, 0.15 liters of wine, or 0.04
liters of 80-proof liquor;
6. Fluent in English;
7. Provision of written informed consent/assent; 8) If female
and of child bearing potential, agrees to use one of the following method of birth
control: complete abstinence, barrier (diaphragm or condom), or oral contraceptive
containing > 35 micrograms of ethinyl estradiol (because concomitant use of
topiramate and lower estrogen oral contraceptives may lead to contraceptive failure).
1. Manic symptoms resulting from acute medical illness or acute intoxication or
withdrawal from drugs or alcohol as determined by medical evaluation and rapid
2. Clinically significant alcohol or drug withdrawal symptoms that have the potential to
cause serious consequences as determined by vital signs, the CIWA-Ar,84 and medical
3. Any unstable medical illness or laboratory abnormalities > 3 times upper limits of
4. A documented history of mental retardation or an IQ total score < 70 as determined by
the Wechsler Abbreviated Scale of Intelligence (WASI),154 administered by a trained
5. Any substance use other than alcohol, nicotine, or cannabis during the 30 days prior
to study participation;
6. A positive urine pregnancy test or lactating;
7. History of nephrolithiasis.
8. Treatment with concurrent mood stabilizers, antipsychotics or antidepressants;
9. Treatment with antipsychotics or other mood stabilizers within 72 hours and
antidepressants within 5 days prior to randomization;
10. Treatment with fluoxetine within one month;
11. A history of non-response or hypersensitivity to quetiapine or topiramate;
12. Serious suicidal ideation (> 3 on the CDRS-R89 suicide item, or any serious suicide
attempt within the prior 60 days as judged by the investigator; 3=has thoughts about
suicide or hurting themselves usually when angry);
13. Treatment for substance use during 30 days prior to screening (excluding peer support
14. Court-ordered to substance use treatment;
15. Acute intoxication;
16. History of a medication change during the prior 30 days that may have precipitated
17. History of a partial response (any improvement) to any existing medications as
reported by treating clinician, subjects or legal guardian.