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Despite currently available treatment, a large proportion of patients with bipolar disorder (BD) suffer from affective symptoms, impaired psychosocial and cognitive function. Inflammation seems to be involved in the pathogenesis of BD and preliminary data suggest that low-dose Aspirin may have beneficial effects. The objective of this RCT is to investigate whether add on of low dose aspirin versus placebo add on to standard drug treatment improves mood stabilisation and other critical patient outcomes in patients with BD and whether its principal effects are antimanic, antidepressant or prophylactic against relapse. randomized double-blinded placebo-controlled trial will investigate whether augmentation with low dose Aspirin to standard drug treatment improve mood stabilization.


Clinical Trial Description

BD is increasingly conceived as a multisystem disorder with pathophysiologic abnormalities involving inflammation, oxidative stress imbalance, neurotrophic deficiencies and telomere shortening. Specifically, inflammation has been confirmed to be involved in the pathogenesis of BD. Emerging yet compelling data converge to suggest that aspirin may protect against the onset and deterioration in BD. Nevertheless, a pragmatic large scale RCT is needed to for a conclusive risk-benefit analysis of aspirin and to clarify its therapeutic role at the different clinical stages of BD.The investigators propose to include smartphone-based self-assessment of mood as the primary outcome measure in the RCT. Thus, during the last ten years, the investigators have developed and tested a unique smartphone-based system, the Monsenso system, for monitoring, diagnosing and treating BD. The trial is designed as a two arm, parallel randomized trial with randomisation 1:1 to add on of low dose aspirin (Hjertemagnyl 150 mg/day) versus add-on of placebo to current treatment and with stratification according to age (< 30 years) and gender. The trial is planned and will be conducted in concordance with the CONSORT 2010 Explanation and Elaboration: updated guidelines for reporting parallel group randomised trials. Patients will be included from The Copenhagen Affective Disorder Clinic, which is a mood disorder clinic providing treatment service for patients with newly diagnosed/first episode BD from the entire Capital Region of Denmark covering a catchment area of 1.6 million people and all psychiatric centres in the region. The Clinic receives more than 300 patients with newly diagnosed BD each year. Hypotheses: Primary: Add on low dose aspirin versus placebo to standard drug treatment improves mood stabilisation. Secondary: Effects on mood stabilisation is higher in patients with increased inflammatory marker levels at inclusion Tertiary: Low dose aspirin improves cognition. ;


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NCT number NCT05035316
Study type Interventional
Source Mental Health Services in the Capital Region, Denmark
Contact Lars V Kessing, Prof, MD, DMSc
Phone +4538647081
Email [email protected]
Status Not yet recruiting
Phase Phase 2
Start date September 2021
Completion date January 2023

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