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Eur Neuropsychopharmacol. 1996 May;6(2):111-8.

Double-blind comparison of fluoxetine versus clomipramine in the treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder.

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  • 1Hospital Universitario San Carlos, Madrid, Spain.


There is evidence of the clinical efficacy and safety of clomipramine and the newer selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) for the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). In the present study, we have compared the efficacy and safety of 40 mg/day of fluoxetine and 150 mg/day of clomipramine in patients with OCD, diagnosed according to DSM-IIIR. A total of 55 patients entered this 8-week, double-blind controlled study. Efficacy for both drugs was comparable. The primary efficacy criterion, the Y-BOCS Total score, did not show any significant differences between treatment arms. Response rate was higher with clomipramine, using a 25% decrease in Y-BOCS Total score as response threshold, but there were no significant differences between treatment arms using a 35% threshold. Overall safety and tolerability were good for both drugs, being slightly better for fluoxetine.

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