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NSMR is currently seeking participants for an OCD Study

About this OCD Research Study

Doctors often begin OCD treatment by giving patients medications such as Lexapro®, Celexa®, Paxil®, Prozac®, Luvox®, or Zoloft®. For some patients, these medications alone are enough to help control their OCD, but for others, they do not provide adequate relief of symptoms. For these patients, there is a need for additional treatment options.

In this study, North Star Medical Research is evaluating two different strengths of an investigational medication in a comparison d to placebo (a substance with no active ingredients) when taken in addition to any of the SSRI medications mentioned above. The results from this study will allow doctors and researchers to better understand the safety and effectiveness of the investigational medication when used in combination with SSRI medications, and help to determine whether it could one day be used as a safe and effective combination treatment option for OCD patients.

Sign up to be contacted for this study or call 440-234-5700.

What Happens During The Study?

Your participation in this research study will last approximately 21 weeks. This will include approximately one week of screening to make sure that you are right for the study. If you are eligible to take part, you will enter the study and will receive 16 weeks of treatment with either the investigational medication or placebo. The treatment you get will be decided by chance (like flipping a coin) but neither you nor your doctor will know which you are receiving. At the end of the 16 weeks you will stop taking the investigational medication and will be followed up for a further 4 weeks. However, you will still continue your treatment with an SSRI throughout the study as prescribed by your doctor.

During the study, you will be asked to attend the clinic a total of nine times and will have three telephone interviews. During study visits, you will be assessed for changes in your health and changes in your obsessive compulsive symptoms.

Clinical studies always involve a certain amount of commitment from the participants. Each visit consists of a number of procedures so it is difficult to estimate the time that will be needed. You will be informed of your next scheduled study visit before leaving the study site.

The standard tests that will be performed during study visits are listed below. However, not every test will be performed at every visit. Dr. Woyshville and the study staff will discuss what will happen at each study visit.

General health assessments include: 
  • Measurement of height, weight, pulse rate, blood pressure.  
  • Urine/Blood tests: these tests assess your general state of health through the study as well as measuring the level of investigational medication in your body. 
Assessment of symptoms: You will be asked about how you are managing day-to-day activities.

You will be informed of the foreseeable risks and benefits before deciding to participate. By taking part,

  • You may learn if the investigational medication benefits your OCD symptoms. 
  • You will contribute to research that may help others experiencing obsessive compulsive symptoms in the future. 
  • You will receive study-related monitoring. 
  • During the study period you will be seen by of a Board Certified psychiatrist and a team of experienced research professionals. 
  • You will not be charged for study medications or study related medical care if you qualify, and there is no need for insurance. 

Am I eligible for this OCD Study?

  1. Are you aged between 18 and 65?  
  2. Do you have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?  
  3. Are you being treated with an SSRI only? SSRIs are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and include the following: Lexapro® (escitalopram), Celexa® (citalopram), Paxil® (paroxetine), Prozac® (fluoxetine), Luvox® (fluvoxamine), Zoloft® (sertraline). 

What if I am not taking an SSRI?

You do not have to be in this research study to get treatment for your condition. Other treatments include Anafranil ™ (Clomipramine) or psychotherapy. Contact us or schedule a no-cost consultation with our psychiatrist to discuss options.

Sign up to be contacted for this study or no-cost consultation or call 440-234-5700.

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