CONTACT: DAVE PEDERSEN
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Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-8032; fax (319) 335-8034
UI compulsive buying study seeks participants
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- People who have trouble limiting their shopping may
be eligible to participate in a University of Iowa College of Medicine
compulsive buying study.
Dr. Donald Black, professor of psychiatry, will study the effect of
the antidepressant drug fluvoxamine on participants. This drug has shown
promise as a compulsive-buying treatment and has improved conditions for
people with anxiety disorder, depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Participants in this 10-week study will be separated into two groups.
One group will receive fluvoxamine while the other participants will take
placebo pills. Participants will not be charged for treatments and will
not know which medication they receive. The effects of the different pills
will be compared and help determine whether the effects of fluvoxamine
are biological or a psychological response to being treated.
To be eligible, people should have had a compulsive buying problem for
more than one year and have never taken fluvoxamine. During weekly visits
to the UI, participants will undergo physical and laboratory exams, including
blood and urine samples, and an electrocardiogram. Participants will also
complete evaluations during the study to rate their symptoms.
For more information on this study, call Janelle at (319) 353-4141.