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Efficacy of a dose range of surinabant, a cannabinoid receptor blocker, for smoking cessation: a randomized controlled clinical trial.
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PMID:  22219220     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
A hyperactive endocannabinoid signalling system may contribute to addictions. We tested the efficacy and safety of surinabant, a novel selective CB(1) cannabinoid receptor antagonist, for smoking cessation. In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group clinical trial, participants were assigned to brief counselling and one of three doses of surinabant, 2.5 mg/day (n = 199), 5 mg/day (n = 204), or 10 mg/day (n = 205) or placebo (n = 202) orally for 8 weeks with 6 weeks of non-drug follow-up. For weeks 5 through 8, the 4-week continuous abstinence rates were 25.2% for placebo vs. 22.6%, 22.1% and 21.5% for 2.5 mg/day, 5 mg/day and 10 mg/day doses of surinabant (p for trend, 0.4). The gain in body weight from baseline was reduced with surinabant 2.5 mg/day, 5 mg/day and 10 mg/day (0.75 kg [SE, 0.13], 0.53 kg [SE, 0.13], and 0.24 kg [SE, 0.13], respectively, versus 1.19 kg [SE, 0.13] for placebo; p for trend, < 0.001). The most common adverse events for participants receiving active drug with a greater incidence than placebo were headache, nausea, insomnia, anxiety, nasopharyngitis, diarrhoea and hyperhidrosis. Surinabant did not improve smoking cessation rates compared with placebo, but had a small effect on reducing post-cessation weight gain.
Serena Tonstad; Henri-Jean Aubin
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-1-4
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Title:  Journal of psychopharmacology (Oxford, England)     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1461-7285     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Jan 
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Created Date:  2012-1-5     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8907828     Medline TA:  J Psychopharmacol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Preventive Cardiology Ullevål, Oslo University Hospital, Oslo, Norway.
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