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A Double-blind, Placebo-controlled Study of Mifepristone in Patients With Non-psychotic Major Depressive Disorder Referred for Bilateral Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

The purpose of this study is to see whether the medication mifepristone is an effective and tolerable treatment for increasing the clinical effectiveness of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and protecting cognitive function during ECT. Both Mifepristone and ECT appear to normalize hyperfunctioning of the hypothalmic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, which has been found among patients with major depression referred for ECT. The combination of these two treatments in major depression may lead to a more rapid clinical response than ECT alone. Additionally, there appears to be a connection between pre-ECT higher cortisol levels due to HPA axis hyperfunctioning and post-ECT cognitive impairment. Administration of mifepristone prior to and during ECT treatment may reduce cortisol levels and reduce the incidence of cognitive impairment observed after ECT.

Stanford is not currently accepting new patients for this trial. You may want to check to see if other locations are recruiting.



  • drug : Placebo Oral Capsule
  • drug : Mifepristone

Phase: N/A


Ages Eligible For Study:

18 Years - 75 Years

Inclusion Criteria

To be considered for participation in the study, subject must meet all of the following criteria: 1. Meets DSM-IV criteria for Major Depressive Episode without psychotic features. 2. 18-75 years of age and able to provide legal consent. 3. Referred to Stanford ECT service by treating physician for bilateral electroconvulsive therapy with inpatient hospitalization. 4. Completed process for consenting to the clinical use of ECT according to California State law. 5. Females of childbearing potential must be using a double-barrier method of contraception during the study and for 30 days after the study (modified 6-2003)

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Stanford University
School of Medicine
300 Pasteur Drive
Stanford, CA 94305
Maureen Chang
Not Recruiting

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