Stanford, California 94305

  • Bipolar Disorder


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.

Study summary:

Participants will be randomized to receive double-blind suvorexant or placebo for one week, after which all participants will receive open treatment with suvorexant for three months.


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.



Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
Po Wang, MD
Stanford University

Lauren Chang, B.S.
Phone: 650-498-8459

Backup Contact:


Location Contact:

Stanford, California 94305
United States

Lauren Chang, B.S.
Phone: 650-498-8459

Site Status: Recruiting

Data Source:

Date Processed: September 27, 2021

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