Awarded Trial: 06TGF-966
Secondary Drug Intervention
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BPRS, Biomakers, SDS, SANS, Quality of Life, MCCB
Sixty-nine (69) patients with schizophrenia, both smokers and nonsmokers, were randomized to varenicline or placebo as adjunct medication for 8 weeks. Varenicline has activity on the nicotine acetylcholine receptors. Those on varenicline had significantly reduced P-50 sensory gating and startle reactivity and improved executive function. There was also a trend toward improved symptoms but no improvement in other cognitive functions.
Hong EL, Thaker GK, McMahon RP. Effects of Moderate-Dose Treatment with Varenicline on Neurobiological and Cognitive Biomarkers in Smokers and Nonsmokers With Schizophrenia or Schizoaffective Disorder. Arch Gen Psychiatry Dec. 2011; 68(12):1195-1206.
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