Impulsivity and Stimulant Administration


Cocaine | Cocaine Dependence | Impulsivity

Trial Phase

Phase Pilot

Trial Purpose and Description

Trial Purpose

Examine the interaction between stimulants, such as cocaine and methylphenidate, and impulsivity.

Participation Guidelines

18 Years - 50 Years

Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

1. age 18 - 50 years,

2. voluntary, written, informed consent,

3. physically healthy by medical history, physical, neurological, ECG, and laboratory

4. DSM-IV criteria for Cocaine Abuse (305.60) or Cocaine Dependence (304.20)

5. recent street cocaine use in excess of amounts to be administered in the current

6. intravenous and/or smoked (crack/ freebase) use,

7. positive urine toxicology screen for cocaine,

8. for females, non-lactating, no longer of child-bearing potential (or agree to
practice effective contraception during the study), and a negative serum pregnancy
(ß-HCG) test.

Exclusion Criteria:

1. Other drug dependence (except nicotine) as determined by urine toxicology or

2. < 1 year of cocaine dependence,

3. a primary major DSM-IV psychiatric diagnosis (schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, etc.),
unrelated to cocaine,

4. a history of significant medical (cardiovascular) or neurological illness, ie prior
myocardial infarction, current active symptoms of cardiovascular disease / angina,
evidence of cocaine-related cardiovascular symptoms, prior arrhythmias or need for
cardiovascular resuscitation, neurovascular events such as transient ischemic
attacks, stroke, and/or seizures Parameters re: elevations in vital signs are now
explicitly specified under "Safety features built into our one-day
self-administration paradigm).

5. current use of psychotropic and/or potentially psychoactive prescription medication,

6. seeking treatment for drug abuse/dependence (for experimental cocaine component),

7. physical or laboratory (ß-HCG) evidence of pregnancy.

8. current use of any medication (prescription or over-the-counter) determined to cause
potential drug interactions by the study physicians.

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