Last updated on September 2020

A 14 Week Randomized Placebo-Controlled Cross-Over Study of Methylphenidate Hydrochloride Controlled Release Capsules in Adult ADHD With and Without Anxiety Disorder Comorbidity


Are you eligible to participate in this study?

You may be eligible for this study if you meet the following criteria:

  • Conditions: Panic Disorders | Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) | Generalized Anxiety Disorder | Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD - Pediatric) | Agoraphobia (Fear of Crowds) | Anxiety Disorders (Pediatric) | Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD - Pediatric) | Panic Disorders (Pediatric) | ANXIETY NEUROSIS | Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) | Phobia | Social Phobia | Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder | Panic Disorder | Social | Family Medicine-ADHD Pediatrics | Anxiety Disorders | Agoraphobia | Oppositional Defiant Disorder | Claustrophobia | Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD - Adults) | Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD)
  • Age: Between 18 - 65 Years
  • Gender: Male or Female

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Outpatient men and women between 18 and 65 years who meet criteria for Current DSM-5 ADHDalone or with one of the following DSM-5 diagnoses: GAD, SAD,PD or Agoraphobia. Major Depressive Disorder or Persistent Depressive Disorder will be allowed, providing the severity is considered moderate or less, as defined by a score on the Montgomery Depressive Rating Scale-MADRS score of 25.
  2. ADHD rating scale for DSM-5 (ADHD-5-RS) score 24.
  3. Concomitant treatment with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI's), serotonin noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors (SNRI's), benzodiazepines, beta-blockers, atypical anti-psychotics, anti-epileptics is allowed, provided the dose has been stable for 8 weeks prior to study entry. Dose changes of allowed concomitant medication should be avoided during the treatment phases of the study.
  4. The ability to comprehend and satisfactorily comply with protocol requirements.
  5. Written informed consent given prior to entering the baseline period of the study.
  6. All women of child bearing potential must have a negative screening visit serum or urine pregnancy test and be using adequate contraception for the duration of the study. Medically acceptable forms of contraception include oral contraceptives, injectable or implantable methods, intrauterine devices or properly used barrier contraception. Additionally, the use of condoms is suggested as an adjunct to the methods previously addressed to provide additional protection against accidental pregnancy.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Participants who currently fulfill criteria for a lifetime history of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or other psychotic disorders, delirium, dementia and amnesic and other cognitive disorders, severe head injury, autism spectrum disorders, or are in a current agitated state.
  2. Participants with a history of seizure disorders, or an unstable medical condition will also be excluded.
  3. Participants with significant suicidal ideation (MADRS item 10 score > 3) or who have enacted suicidal behaviours within 6 months prior to intake will be excluded from study participation and referred for appropriate clinical intervention.
  4. Current treatment with a stimulant.
  5. A history of > 2 failed trials of adequately dosed psychostimulants for Adult ADHD.
  6. Patients receiving current psychotherapy, including cognitive behavioural therapy for either ADHD or an anxiety disorder, within 4 weeks prior to the baseline period.
  7. Patients who are known to be allergic to methylphenidate or components of methylphenidate hydrochloride, have known hypersensitivity or idiosyncrasy to methylphenidate hydrochloride.
  8. Patients who have thyroid pathology, treatment of which has not been stabilized for at least 3 months.
  9. MAO inhibitors within 3 weeks of the start of the baseline.
  10. Individuals meeting criteria for current cannabis use disorder or substance use disorder will be excluded.
  11. Current use of bupropion or tri-cyclic antidepressants, with the exception of clomipramine.
  12. Current use of clonidine, modafinil or atomoxetine.
  13. Previous intolerance or failure to respond to an adequate trial of methylphenidate hydrochloride controlled release capsules (defined as a minimum of 55mg per day for at least 4 weeks).
  14. Patients who have a history or evidence of a medical condition that would expose them to an increase or significant adverse event or interfere with assessments of safety and efficacy during the course of the trial including: advanced arteriosclerosis, symptomatic cardiovascular disease, moderate to severe hypertension, or other pre-existing cardiac abnormalities or other serious cardiac problems.
  15. Patients with a history of Glaucoma.
  16. Sleep medications during the study period are excluded with the exception of zopiclone and zolpidem and melatonin.
  17. Patients using any herbal psychoactive treatments, eg; St.John's Wort, Valerian, Kava Kava, or Chamomile Extract within 14 days prior to randomization.
  18. Patients who have received electroconvulsive therapy within the previous 6 months.
  19. Patients with any condition or on any therapy that in the investigator's opinion or as indicated in the methylphenidate hydrochlorideproduct label, that may pose a risk to the subject or interfere with the study objective.
  20. Patients having clinically significant abnormal laboratory or ECG findings not resolved by the baseline examination.
  21. Patients with a proximal family history of sudden, unexplained cardiac death.

Recruitment Status: Open


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