Treatment of early AIDS dementia in intravenous drug users: High versus low dose peptide T

Kosten, TR., Rosen, MI., McMahon, TL., Bridge, TP., OMalley, SS., Pearsall, R. & OConnor, PG., 1997, In : American journal of drug and alcohol abuse. 23, 4, p. 543-553 11 p.

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  • TR Kosten
  • MI Rosen
  • TL McMahon
  • TP Bridge
  • SS OMalley
  • R Pearsall
  • PG OConnor

This placebo-controlled, double blind, cross-over study tested the efficacy of two different doses of Peptide T in the treatment of nine intravenous drug users with early AIDS dementia who were also receiving methadone and AZT. Subjects received Peptide T doses of either 15 or 1.5 mg daily for four weeks. Neuropsychological performance improved in four of five patients treated with the high dose, but at the lower dose, three of four patients showed no improvement on Peptide T when compared with placebo. When subjects who received the high dose were compared with those who received the low dose, a significant dose effect was found only during the active phase of the trial even after correction for differences in level of functioning at baseline.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)543-553
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican journal of drug and alcohol abuse
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1997



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