Venlafaxine Versus Clomipramine in the Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Anxiety and Mood Disorders Unit, Department of Neurosciences, University of Turin, Italy.
The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry (Impact Factor: 5.5). 11/2002; 63(11):1004-9. DOI: 10.4088/JCP.v63n1108
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The objective of this study was to investigate, in a single-blind manner over a period of 12 weeks, the efficacy and tolerability of venlafaxine versus clomipramine in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
Patients with a DSM-IV diagnosis of OCD and a Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale (YBOCS) score >/= 16 were randomly assigned to receive venlafaxine, 225 to 350 mg/day (26 patients), or clomipramine, 150 to 225 mg/day (47 patients), for 12 weeks, with dosage adjustments according to tolerability and response to treatment. All patients were medication-free from at least 2 months prior to study enrollment. Efficacy measures were the YBOCS and the Clinical Global Impressions scale (CGI), which were completed at baseline and every 4 weeks. We defined responders as patients who had an improvement from baseline in YBOCS score of >/= 35% and a CGI score </= 2. An investigator who was blinded to patients' current medication administered rating scales independently. Moreover, patients were instructed not to reveal their current treatment to this investigator.
Twenty-five patients in the venlafaxine group and 40 in the clomipramine group completed the 12-week trial. Responder rates at the end of the 12 weeks were 36% for venlafaxine (9/25) versus 50% for clomipramine (20/40) according to the visitwise analysis and 34.6% (9/26) for venlafaxine versus 42.6% (20/47) for clomipramine according to the last-observation-carried-forward analysis, with no statistically significant difference between the 2 drugs. Adverse experiences were reported by 61.5% of patients receiving venlafaxine (16/26) and by 91.5% of those receiving clomipramine (43/47).
Our results indicate that venlafaxine might be as efficacious as clomipramine in the acute treatment of OCD, with fewer side effects.

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    • "At study entry, general sociodemographic information (age, gender, occupational and marital status) was collected for each subject. Clinical data (age at OCD onset, duration of illness, Axis I and II comorbidities) were obtained through the administration of a semistructured interview that we developed and used in previous studies [43] [44] [45] [46] and included the SCID-I and II. In addition, the following rating scales were included in the assessment: Y-BOCS [41] [42], Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale (HAM-A) and 17-item Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HAM-D) [47] [48]. "
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    • "Venlafaxine has been found to have efficacy equivalent to that of clomipramine in short-term treatment, but with a more favorable safety profile.61 The majority of venlafaxine trials have demonstrated the efficacy of this compound in short-term and medium-term trials and in both treatment-naïve and treatment-resistant obsessive patients. "
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