Last updated on April 2019

Placebo-controlled Trial of 5-hydroxytryptophan and Creatine for SSRI or SNRI Augmentation in Treatment Resistant Depression in Females


Brief description of study

The investigators propose to determine if 8 weeks of dietary augmentation with oral 5g creatine monohydrate daily and 100 mg of 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) twice daily reduces hypoxia-related depressive symptoms measured by the 17-item Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HAM-D) in women with SSRI- or SNRI-resistant depression, combined with the examination of changes in functional connectivity based on resting-state fMRI and changes in brain metabolism inferred from phosphorus-31 magnetic resonance spectroscopy.

Detailed Study Description

Serotonin and creatine are processed separately in the brain, and deficits in these brain biochemicals lead to distinct clinical problems. Therefore, investigators believe that treatment with a combination therapy, which could correct both deficits, would have a synergistic effect in the treatment of hypoxia-related depression and possibly other forms of treatment-resistant depression. Thus, investigators propose to investigate antidepressant efficacy of dietary 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) and creatine, as a means to restore the brain neurotransmitter and metabolic imbalances linked to chronic hypoxia caused by high altitude residence.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT02922725

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