Clinical Trial

Treatment for Reducing Cocaine Use

Study Description

Theta-Burst Stimulation as a Treatment for Reducing Cocaine Use

Background: More effective treatments for people with cocaine use disorder are needed. Researchers want to understand the parts of the brain involved in the disorder. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) stimulates parts of the brain. A form of TMS called intermittent theta-burst stimulation (iTBS) may help reduce cocaine use. Researchers want to learn how the brain might change with treatment. Objectives: To test if iTBS can reduce cocaine use. Also, to learn how cocaine changes the heart and the brain. Eligibility: Healthy, right-handed adults ages 18-60 who do or do not have cocaine use disorder. Design: Participants will be screened with: - Questionnaires - Medical history - Physical exam - Blood and urine tests - Alcohol breath tests In the pilot study, 10 participants with cocaine use disorder will have 10 treatment days over 2 weeks. Half will be inpatient and half will be outpatient. They will have 2 follow-up visits. Treatment includes: - iTBS: A coil is placed on the head. A brief electrical current passes through the coil. They view cocaine-related images during each session. Sessions are videotaped. - Repeat of screening tests - In the main study, participants will be randomly assigned to have either real or fake iTBS. - Participants with cocaine use disorder will join an incentive program to quit. - Participants will have 39 visits over 6 months. These include: - Repeat of screening tests - MRIs at 5 visits: Participants lie on a table that slides into a cylinder that takes pictures of the brain. They respond to images while in the scanner. - iTBS at 10 visits (5 days a week for 2 weeks) Participants will be contacted throughout the study to discuss iTBS treatment and drug use.


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No pharmaceutical medication involved No pharmaceutical medication involved
Patients and healthy individuals accepted Patients and healthy individuals accepted


TBS is a type of TMS protocol.To administer the iTBS treatment, a MagVenture MagPro 100 with MagOption (MagVenture Inc, Alpharetta, GA) machine equipped with a figure-8 coil will be used.

Additional Information

Official Study Title

Neuroplasticity Following Theta-Burst Stimulation in Cocaine Use Disorder

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