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Psychiatry Res. 1985 Jan;14(1):85-93.

Clomipramine and imipramine in obsessive-compulsive disorder.


Twenty-three outpatients with primary obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) were started in a 12-week double-blind clinical trial of clomipramine (CLI) (n = 11) and imipramine (IMI) (n = 12). There was no placebo and no crossover. After 6 weeks of treatment, data on 19 subjects (9 CLI, 10 IMI) were available. After week 12, the sample was reduced to 16 patients (8 CLI, 8 IMI). At both time points, OCD symptoms showed modest reductions (in comparison with the pretreatment baseline) in both CLI and IMI groups. Both drugs showed a major antidepressant effect. Analyses accounting for the differences in the baseline levels indicated a somewhat superior effect of CLI over IMI on OCD as well as depression. The effect of CLI and IMI on OCD was independent of the initial severity of depression. There were no clear differences in the safety of the treatments.

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