Efficacy of Suvorexant to Treat Insomnia Related to Bipolar Disorder

Not Recruiting

Trial ID: NCT02527564


The purpose of this study is to evaluate the efficacy of suvorexant, added to existing medications, for treatment-resistant insomnia in individuals with bipolar disorder. The investigators hypothesize that participants receiving suvorexant for one week will experience significantly greater improvement in sleep duration compared to participants receiving placebo.

Official Title

A Double-blind, Randomized, Placebo-controlled Trial of Adjunctive Suvorexant for Treatment-resistant Insomnia in Patients With Bipolar Disorder

Stanford Investigator(s)

Po Wang
Po Wang

Clinical Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Clinical Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences


Inclusion Criteria:

1. Adult outpatients meeting Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text Revision (DSM-IV-TR) criteria for bipolar I disorder (296.70), bipolar II disorder (296.89), or bipolar disorder not otherwise specified (296.80), with concurrent insomnia related to bipolar disorder (307.42).
2. Currently taking ≥ 1 prescription psychotropic medication (hypnotic agents, anxiolytics, atypical antipsychotics, mood stabilizers, and/or antidepressants) for management of bipolar disorder.
3. Subjective total sleep time (sTST) \< 6 hours on ≥ 1 night during the prior week.

Exclusion Criteria:

1. Current hypo/manic symptoms, as evidenced by the Young Mania Rating Scale (YMRS) total score ≥ 12.
2. Current (past 6 months) alcohol or substance use disorder.
3. Current psychosis.
4. Patients who are actively suicidal or evaluated as being a high suicide risk.
5. Women who are currently pregnant or breastfeeding.
6. Clinically significant abnormalities on baseline laboratory tests (comprehensive metabolic panel, fasting lipid panel, Complete Blood Count (CBC) with differential, thyroid stimulating hormone).
7. Presence of any unstable and/or potentially confounding neurological and/or medical disorder.


drug: Suvorexant

drug: Placebo

Not Recruiting

Contact Information

Stanford University
School of Medicine
300 Pasteur Drive
Stanford, CA 94305
Lauren Chang, B.S.