We propose to conduct placebo-controlled trial of the glucocorticoid receptor antagonist
mifepristone in Gulf War veterans (GWV) with chronic multisymptom illness (CMI) to examine
its effects on physical and mental health and cognitive functioning. In addition, we propose
to examine whether HPA axis biomarkers or their response to mifepristone are useful
predictors of clinical response.
- Veteran of the 1991 Gulf War
- Veteran meets criteria for multisymptom illness
- Veteran lacks the capacity to provide consent.
- Veteran has a major medical or neurological disorder or traumatic brain injury
- Veteran has morning plasma cortisol level less than 5 mcg/dl or a history of adrenal
- Veteran is taking oral corticosteroids
- Veteran has a lifetime diagnosis of schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder or
- Veteran has been psychiatrically hospitalized or attempted suicide within the
previous 2 years
- Veteran has current suicidal ideation
- Veteran is pregnant or breastfeeding or plans to become pregnant within the year
(male or female) not willing to use appropriate forms of contraception during the
study and for at least 90 days post treatment.
- Women veterans with diseases of the uterus by history or a family history of uterine
- Known allergy to mifepristone