Local clinic studies new OCD treatment

January 27, 2019 04:17 PM

New research is happening right here in our area that could help thousands of people.

A team at Finger Lakes Clinical Research is testing out a new treatment for obsessive compulsive disorder or OCD. There are already several medicines used to treat OCD, but for some people those don't work. This new treatment is targeting people in that group. 


Sixteen year old Rylee Quinzi is one of the 1% of Americans who suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder. 

"There's days where your entire day is just rituals," Quinzi said. "And from the moment I wake up until the minute I go to sleep it's hounding me."

People with OCD can be overwhelmed with unreasonable thoughts or fears, or feel compelled into repetitive behaviors. This causes a great deal of anxiety and is often a big distraction from every day duties like work or school. It can also interfere with someone's social life.

"I was waking up in the morning and I had to put my left foot down then my right foot down or something bad would happen," Quinzi said.

Quini says seeing Doctor Atkinson at Finger Lakes Clinical Research in Brighton changed her life. She was prescribed medicine and it didn't take long to see results.

"I went from having panic attacks to not being able to get out of bed without the rituals that I do messing me up," Quinzi said. "But after a week of taking the medicine of taking the meds I was like WOW."

However, existing treatments don't work for everyone and now Finger Lakes Clinical Research is one of 41 locations testing a new compound called Troriluzole through a clinical trial. The drug's maker Biohaven hopes Troriluzole will help OCD patients whose brain chemistry doesn't respond to treatments on the market now. 

"We are literally looking to  make the compound go from the chemist shelf to the pharmacy shelf," Dr. Sarah Atkinson said.

Doctor Atkinson says it has been at least 8 years since there has been a large scale clinical trial for OCD treatments. She's hoping others will join in to help doctors study the product and find a solution to this disorder impacting thousands nationwide.

"It not only contributes to their own future but the future of medicine," Dr. Atkinson said. "It really is moving medicine forward."

If you are interesting in joining the study, call Finger Lakes Clinical Research at 585-241-9670.


Kaci Jones

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