Melatonin 3mg and 5mg Compared to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) in the Treatment of Insomnia

  • End date
    Nov 30, 2021
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Ache Laboratorios Farmaceuticos S.A.
Updated on 25 January 2021
behavior therapy
psychiatric disorder
cognitive therapy
cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia
initial insomnia


National clinical trials, phase II/III, combined in two stages, randomized, double-blind, controlled, parallel, study of superiority, in which three hundred and seven (307) participants of both sexes, aged equal or more than 55 years will be randomly allocated to one of three treatment groups. In the first stage. The group 01 will use Melatonin 3mg plus CBT-I, the group 02 will use Melatonin 5mg plus CBT-I and the group 03 will use CBT-I plus placebo.

Based on the results of an interim analysis will be making a decision on whether to proceed with the study and, if so, on which the doses will be selected for the second stage of the study, to be better studied. The final analysis of the treatments, melatonin in the selected dose plus CBT-I versus CBT-I alone and placebo, will include participants from both stages.


The treatment of insomnia disorder can be accomplished through pharmacological and nonpharmacological approaches. Behavioral techniques of Sleep Hygiene and Stimuli control are the most used. The Sleep hygiene is a psychoeducational intervention that teaches patients to prevent external or environmental factors generate adverse effects and harmful to sleep. The stimulus control technique is based on five instructions that encourages the patient to establish a proper sleep-wake rhythm and strengthens the links between the way for a quick sleep and well established. Melatonin is a hormone that participates in the regulation of the sleep-wake cycle, which is produced and secreted primarily by the pineal gland in the dark period and prepares the individual to sleep. Melatonin is involved in the induction of sleep and has proven therapeutic action in insomnia disorders, and may also play a role in the circadian timing system of mammals and serve as a marker for "biological clock".

Condition Insomnia
Treatment CBT-I plus placebo, CBT-I plus Melatonin 3 mg, CBT-I plus Melatonin 5 mg
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT02798367
SponsorAche Laboratorios Farmaceuticos S.A.
Last Modified on25 January 2021


Yes No Not Sure

Inclusion Criteria

Fulfill the criteria for insomnia disorder, according to DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition)
Complaint of difficulty falling asleep
Ability to understand and consent their participation in this clinical study, expressed by signing the Informed Consent Form (ICF)

Exclusion Criteria

Any finding of clinical/physical observation or laboratory examination to be interpreted by the investigator as a risk to the inclusion of the participant in the clinical study
Known hypersensitivity to drug components used during the study
Participant have any family relationship to the second degree or bond with employees or employees of Sponsor and Sites
Participant has used beta-blockers (in the last 30 days prior to screening visit), psychoactive drugs or sedative effect, such as, but not limited to: sedatives (in the last 14 days prior to screening visit), hypnotics (in the last 07 days prior to screening visit), muscle relaxants (in the last 11 days prior to screening visit), antihistamines first generation (in the last 08 days prior to screening visit), and antidepressants, antiepileptics, antipsychotics, among others (in the last 30 days prior to screening visit)
Participants diagnosed with clinical diseases that interfere with sleep, such as chronic pain, nocturia, hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, severe heart disease, serious neurological and psychiatric disorders according to the assessment of the investigator
Participants diabetics insulin dependent
Sleep apnea moderate to severe - AHI > 20 (Apnoea-Hypopnoea Index) assessed by polysomnography at the baseline
Participants who work at night
Participant who has BMI 30
Participant score above 50 in Anxiety Inventory to assess the degree of anxiety
Participant with cognitive impairment, based on the result obtained in the Mini-Mental State Examination. The cognitive impairment will be considered with score below 13 points for illiterates, below 18 for participants with one to eight incomplete years of schooling, below 26 for those with education of eight or more years
Participant score above 20 on the Beck Inventory to assess depression
Abuse of alcohol or illicit drugs, according to the assessment of the investigator
Male participants who do not agree to use acceptable methods of contraception; 1) male participants: barrier methods, except surgically sterile (vasectomy) or participants who declare to perform sexual practices on a not to reproductive way. 2) methods of contraception for the male participant's partner: oral contraceptives, injectable contraceptives, intrauterine device (IUD), hormonal implants, hormonal patch, tubal ligation and barrier methods; except surgically sterile (bilateral oophorectomy or hysterectomy) or the menopausal for at least one year
Female participants who are in the reproductive age and do not agree to use acceptable methods of contraception (oral contraceptives, injectable contraceptives, intrauterine device (IUD), hormonal implants, barrier methods, hormonal patch and tubal ligation); except surgically sterile (bilateral oophorectomy or hysterectomy), the menopausal for at least one year and participants who declare to perform sexual practices on a not to reproductive way
Women in gestation period or who are breastfeeding
Participant who has participated in clinical trial protocols in the last twelve (12) months (CNS Resolution 251 of August 7, 1997, Part III, sub-item J), unless the investigator considers that there may be a direct benefit to the same
Clear my responses

How to participate?

Step 1 Connect with a site
What happens next?
  • You can expect the study team to contact you via email or phone in the next few days.
  • Sign up as volunteer to help accelerate the development of new treatments and to get notified about similar trials.

You are contacting

Investigator Avatar

Primary Contact


Phone Email

Preferred Language
Other Language
Please verify that you are not a bot.

Additional screening procedures may be conducted by the study team before you can be confirmed eligible to participate.

Learn more

If you are confirmed eligible after full screening, you will be required to understand and sign the informed consent if you decide to enroll in the study. Once enrolled you may be asked to make scheduled visits over a period of time.

Learn more

Complete your scheduled study participation activities and then you are done. You may receive summary of study results if provided by the sponsor.

Learn more

Similar trials to consider


Browse trials for

Not finding what you're looking for?

Every year hundreds of thousands of volunteers step forward to participate in research. Sign up as a volunteer and receive email notifications when clinical trials are posted in the medical category of interest to you.

Sign up as volunteer

user name

Added by • 



Reply by • Private

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet consectetur, adipisicing elit. Ipsa vel nobis alias. Quae eveniet velit voluptate quo doloribus maxime et dicta in sequi, corporis quod. Ea, dolor eius? Dolore, vel!

  The passcode will expire in None.

No annotations made yet

Add a private note
  • abc Select a piece of text from the left.
  • Add notes visible only to you.
  • Send it to people through a passcode protected link.
Add a private note