CONTACT: BECKY SOGLIN
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-6660; fax (319) 384-4638
Release: Nov. 20, 2002
People with gambling problems invited to participate in UI study
Some form of legalized gambling now exists in every state except Hawaii
and Utah. Most adults gamble responsibly but with this proliferation, more
people are developing pathological gambling -- gambling that is out of control
and leads to personal distress and/or marital, legal and financial difficulties.
Individuals with this problem are invited to participate in a University
of Iowa Health Care treatment study. The study will examine the effectiveness
of the drug bupropion in treating pathological gambling. Some participants
may receive a placebo (inactive medication).
Participants must be age 18 or older and cannot be depressed or abusing
alcohol or drugs. Participants must be able to read and write English. Women
must not be pregnant or planning to get pregnant during the study period.
Study participation involves a total of nine visits to the UI over three
months. The first visit includes a physical examination. The follow-up visits
involve assessment of the participant's gambling and other problems as well
as a discussion of the medication and its side effects. Compensation will
The study, which received funding from the National Institute of Mental
Health, is being led by Donald W. Black, M.D., UI professor of psychiatry.
For more information, contact Tami Argo, Pharm.D., UI clinical pharmacology
fellow and the clinical trial coordinator, at (319) 353-3904 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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