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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.