A Randomized Placebo-Controlled Trial of d-Cycloserine to Enhance Exposure Therapy for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Biological Psychiatry, 04/16/2012

The present study found preliminary support for the augmentation of exposure therapy with d–cycloserine (DCS), specifically for patients with more severe Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) needing longer treatment.

Methods

  • In a randomized, double–blind, placebo–controlled trial the authors administered 50 mg DCS or placebo 1 hour before each exposure session to 67 mixed trauma patients, recruited from regular referrals, with a primary PTSD diagnosis satisfying DSM–IV criteria.

Results

  • Although DCS did not enhance overall treatment effects, the participants having received DCS did show a stronger treatment response.
  • Exploratory session–by–session analyses revealed that DCS yielded higher symptom reduction in those participants that had more severe pretreatment PTSD and needed longer treatment.

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