Last updated on April 2019

Clinical and Imaging Trial of Uridine for Veterans With Suicidal Ideation


Brief description of study

This is a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of the investigational drug uridine as a treatment for suicidal ideation in veterans.

The investigators hypothesize that the administration of a naturally occurring dietary supplement, uridine, will rapidly reduce suicidal ideation in veterans. The purpose of this study is to determine whether 4 weeks of uridine supplementation is an effective treatment for suicidal ideation in veterans, when compared to a group taking a placebo.

Detailed Study Description

Veteran suicides, attempts and suicidal ideation (SI) remain an urgent concern for the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). Research indicates that approximately half of veteran suicides take place within 1 month of the decedent's final VHA encounter, with one quarter occurring within 1 week. This provides a temporal window of opportunity to intervene, and necessitates development of a rapid-acting treatment for veterans with SI. Uridine shares similar brain mechanisms and neural effects with ketamin and lithium, treatments commonly used to reduce suicidal ideation. This study will test the novel intervention uridine as a rapid-acting oral treatment for veterans with suicidal ideation. The purpose of this study is to investigate whether uridine can decrease suicidal ideation in veterans when taken daily for 4 weeks.

In addition to treatment with the investigational drug versus placebo, the study includes a translational neuroimaging component: magnetic resonance spectroscopy (1H-MRS) brain scans are performed at baseline, and then repeated following 1 week of treatment with uridine or placebo. The scans do not use radiation, and are performed on a 3 Tesla MRI system that is approved for clinical use. The scans allow researchers to measure the concentrations of several chemicals in the brain that are may be involved in suicidal ideation.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT03265964

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