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The best predictors for the prescribed antidepressants were the psychiatrists' overall rankings and opinions of the tolerability of the drug.
The clinical manifestations of 2 cases were observed, and video-electroencephalogram (VEEG), multiple sleep latency tests (MSLT) were performed. Hypocretin 1 level in cerebrospinal fluid was examined in one case.
We have previously shown that clomipramine and allopurinol used separately are effective in preventing chronic chagasic cardiomyopathy. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effect of the association of clomipramine (Clo--5 mg/kg/day/90 days) and allopurinol (Allo--5, 10, or 15 mg/kg/day/90 days) for the treatment of experimental Chagas disease in the acute stage. Treatment effectiveness was evaluated through parasitemia, survival, electrocardiography, serology, and cardiac histopathology. Groups treated showed no electrocardiographic abnormalities, in contrast to those untreated which presented 25% of mice with conduction alterations. The myocardium of treated mice (Clo, Allo10+Clo, and Allo15+Clo) presented no structural alterations. Cardiac b-receptor affinity was preserved in mice treated with Clo or Clo+Allo at the different doses; receptor density of the Clo and Allo15+Clo groups did not differ from the non-infected group. Anti-cruzipain antibody levels were similar in treated and untreated groups. Survival was significantly increased in the treated groups (p < 0.05), with Clo and all the Clo+Allo groups presenting the highest rates. These results show that the association of clomipramine + allopurinol is effective for Chagas disease treatment and has the same effect as clomipramine alone.
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The present study examined the effects of meta-chlorophenyl piperazine (mCPP) and mianserin on the sleep-wake cycle of the clomipramine-induced behaviorally screened depressed rats. Six-hour polygraphic recordings were made between 06:00 and 12:00 h, after a single injection of either saline or mianserin or mCPP into the lateral cerebral ventricle (i.c.v.) of both the depressed (n=12) and control rats (n=12). The injection of mCPP in the depressed rats caused a significant reduction in the total duration and number of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep episodes while it increased the REM sleep onset latency compared to the control saline injections. The injection of mianserin in the depressed rats also caused a significant reduction in the total duration and number of REM sleep episodes without changing the REM sleep latency. These results demonstrate for the first time that the central administration of mCPP and mianserin could act as an antidepressant in the clomipramine-induced rat model of depression.
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There is now some evidence that major depression is accompanied by activation of the inflammatory response system. There is also some evidence that antidepressants may suppress the release of cytokines, such as interleukin-1 beta (IL-1 beta) and IL-6 by activated monocytes and IL-2 and interferon-gamma (IFN gamma) by activated T cells. This study was carried out to examine the effects of clomipramine, sertraline, and trazodone on the stimulated production of IFN gamma, a pro-inflammatory cytokine, and IL-10, a negative immunoregulatory cytokine. Whole blood of nine healthy volunteers was stimulated with PHA, 5 micrograms/mL and LPS, 25 micrograms/mL for 72 hr with and without incubation with clomipramine, 10(-6) and 10(-9) M, sertraline, 10(-6) and 10(-8) M, and trazodone, 10(-6) and 10(-8) M. All three antidepressants significantly reduced IFN gamma secretion, whereas clomipramine and sertraline significantly increased IL-10 secretion in culture supernatant. All three antidepressants significantly reduced the IFN gamma/IL-10 ratio. The results suggest that antidepressants, at concentrations in the therapeutical range, have negative immunoregulatory effects through inhibition of IFN gamma and stimulation of IL-10 release.
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The effect of in vitro exposure of bullfrog spinal nerves to 0.2 mM chlorimipramine on the density of axonal microtubules was studied in an attempt to clarify the mechanism by which chlorimipramine inhibits fast axonal transport. A 17-h exposure to chlorimipramine reduced the density of microtubules in unmyelinated axons by only 18%; this microtubular loss does not reach the upper limit of the range of microtubule reduction associated with inhibition of fast axonal transport. A 23-h exposure to chlorimipramine, which had decreased microtubular density in unmyelinated axons by 40% in a previous study, did not decrease microtubular density in myelinated axons in the present study. These results rule out microtubular destruction as the mechanism responsible for inhibition of fast orthograde axonal transport by chlorimipramine, and greatly reduce the likelihood that microtubular destruction plays a significant role in the inhibition of fast retrograde transport by chlorimipramine.
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Sleep patterns were continuously recorded in rats which received during 2 hours and a half a push-pull superfusion of clomipramine at 10(-6) mol/l or 10(-8) mol/l concentrations, within the ventromedial hypothalamus. The superfusion of 10(-6) mol/l clomipramine resulted in a suppression of paradoxical sleep (PS) and a reduction of slow wave sleep (SWS), whereas lower concentrations of this drug (10(-8) mol/l) suppressed PS but did not affect SWS. In both cases, a secondary rebound of PS was observed. These findings are discussed with regard to the present knowledge of the role of the hypothalamus in sleep.
In 1982 our laboratory proposed a new animal model of endogenous depression. The proposal was that in rats, neonatally administered clomipramine (CLI) will produce adult animals that model endogenous depression. We summarize here several tests of the validity of the model. Results were that after neonatal CLI, adult male rats showed behavioral abnormalities of the human disorder: decreased sexual, aggressive, and intracranial self-stimulation activities, as well as motor hyperactivity in a stressful situation. Preliminary evidence suggested that behavioral abnormalities in rats (sexual, aggressive, and motor) briefly treated with antidepressant treatments (imipramine, REM sleep deprivation) begin to normalize. Lastly, after neonatal CLI, the adult rats showed REM sleep abnormalities of endogenous depression, viz, low REM latency, frequent sleep onset REM periods, and abnormal temporal course of REM rebound after REM sleep deprivation. These results supported the hypothesis that in rats neonatal CLI produced adult animals that modelled endogenous depression.
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There are a number of repetitive behaviors which have in common what appears to be a decrease in an individual's capacity to choose to discontinue them. The taxonomy we select to categorize these behaviors depends on our objectives. Broad definition which label as 'addictions' both repetitive use of drugs and repetitive behaviors not related to drug use call attention to the loss of flexibility that the behaviors have in common. However, such broad definitions may overemphasize the value of general behavioral approaches to change and obscure the fact that seemingly similar behaviors can be dramatically changed by very different specific interventions; (for example, nicotine gum for cigarette smoking, clomipramine for obsessive compulsive disorder.) It is also possible that calling both compulsive hair-pulling and daily heroin use 'addictive disorders' may trivialize the concept of addiction and lead to an erosion of public support for research and intervention in the chemical addictions.
Trichotillomania is a chronic illness that may be difficult to treat. Controlled studies on comorbidity, epidemiology, treatment-seeking patterns, and long-term treatment response are needed.
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A pilot study of the use of Anafranil in the treatment of phobic disorders is described. Twenty-two patients were included in the investigation, 16 receiving intravenous and oral Anafranil combined and six oral Anafranil alone. After one month, four were free of phobic symptoms and 13 only mildly disabled. At six month follow-up 10 were free of symptoms and seven only mildly disabled.
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Clomipramine, a tricyclic antidepressant, has been used in the treatment of obsessive neurosis successfully. In the course of treatment with this medication, sexual disorders in the form of decreased libido and impotence were noticed in three patients whose cases are reported. These disturbances occurred in the first week and lasted during the course of treatment. Upon withdrawal of the medication, the side effects disappeared. These side effects seem to be more common than is usually thought. The physician should be alerted to them as they can be a source of noncompliance.
In this article, attention is focused on oral pathology, particularly dental caries, caused by hyposalivation as a consequence of (long-term) use of antidepressants. Changes in clinical psychiatric practice and increasing numbers of prescriptions of antidepressants in primary care and specialty care settings have made awareness of this risk even more relevant than in the past. Normal physiology of salivary glands and changes in the secretion of saliva during use of antidepressants are described. Monitoring, prevention, and treatment of hyposalivation induced by antidepressants are encouraged as an adjunct in the clinical management of depression.
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1. The 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT)1A receptor agonist, 8-hydroxy-2-(di-n-propylamino)tetralin (8-OH-DPAT), has been shown to label 5-HT reuptake sites. 2. To study the functional consequences of this property, the effects of 8-OH-DPAT were compared with those of the 5-HT reuptake inhibitors, paroxetine and clomipramine, and of the 5-HT1A receptor agonist flesinoxan, in vitro on 5-HT reuptake, and in vivo on the extracellular concentration of 5-HT by use of microdialysis, in rat hippocampus. Because 5-HT reuptake inhibitors reportedly attenuate the ability of (+)-fenfluramine to increase the extracellular concentration of 5-HT, the possible reversal of these effects of 8-OH-DPAT and by paroxetine were examined. 3. 8-OH-DPAT, paroxetine and clomipramine inhibited [3H]-5-HT reuptake in rat hippocampal synaptosomes (pIC50: 6.00, 8.41 and 7.00, respectively). In contrast, flesinoxan did not alter 5-HT reuptake (pIC50 < 5). 4. 8-OH-DPAT (10 and 100 microM), paroxetine (0.1 microM) and clomipramine (1 microM), administered through the dialysis probe, significantly increased the hippocampal extracellular concentration of 5-HT. In contrast, flesinoxan (100 microM) did not alter extracellular 5-HT. Moreover, the effects of 100 microM 8-OH-DPAT were not blocked by the 5-HT1A receptor antagonist, WAY-100635 (0.16 mg kg-1, s.c.). 5. The increase in extracellular 5-HT induced by 10 mg kg-1, i.p., (+)-fenfluramine was prevented not only by 0.1 microM paroxetine, but also by 100 microM 8-OH-DPAT. In addition, systemic administration of 10 mg kg-1, but not 2.5 mg kg-1, i.p. 8-OH-DPAT attenuated the increase in extracellular 5-HT induced by 2.5 mg kg-1, i.p., (+)-fenfluramine. 6. These findings suggest that the increase in extracellular 5-HT produced by local administration of 8-OH-DPAT does not involve its 5-HT1A receptor agonist properties, but may result, at least in part, from its 5-HT reuptake blocking properties.
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Zwangsstörungen sind psychische Erkrankungen, welche die Lebensqualität deutlich beeinträchtigen. In der Hausarztpraxis aber auch bei Spezialisten berichten Patienten mit einer Zwangsstörung oft über ungewöhnliche, sich aufdrängende Gedanken und sich wiederholende Handlungen. Diese Handlungen und Gedanken werden als unsinnig erkannt, treten jedoch trotzdem immer wieder auf. Ohne Behandlung verläuft die Zwangserkrankung häufig chronisch. Wichtige Grundlagenkenntnisse können helfen, Patienten in der Praxis frühzeitiger zu erkennen und geeignete Therapien einzuleiten. Unter einer evidenzbasierten Behandlung mit kognitiver Verhaltenstherapie, die mit einer Psychopharmakotherapie kombiniert werden kann, ist eine deutliche Reduktion oder sogar vollständige Remission der Symptomatik möglich. Obwohl eine solche Behandlung von Fachpersonen ausgeführt werden sollte, können erste therapeutische Massnahmen auch in der Hausarztpraxis zum Einsatz kommen.
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The present study investigated the potential of therapeutic drug monitoring data to document pharmacokinetic drug interactions with psychotropic medication, both in terms of methodology and applicability. It focused on 105 patients exposed to one of five agents known for their capacity to induce (phenytoine, phenobarbital, and carbamazepine) or to inhibit (thioridazine and levomepromazine) the metabolism of psychotropic drugs. These patients were matched by gender, age, and monitored psychotropic medication to 105 patients randomly selected from a pool of subjects nonexposed to target comedication. Such a paired approach was shown to be effective in reducing variability for a majority of substances. Power analysis suggested that eight to 10 pairs of exposed and nonexposed patients would effectively allow the detection of twofold effects of interacting substances. In keeping with the literature, analysis of the ratios of dose-normalized exposed to nonexposed concentrations indicated that phenothiazine comedication led to significantly higher concentrations of desmethylated metabolites but not parent compounds, when clomipramine, imipramine, or amitriptyline were administered. A similar, as yet undocumented interaction was observed for the tetracyclic antidepressant mianserine. In contrast, the present study revealed that maprotiline concentrations were increased, but its metabolite was largely unaffected by phenothiazine comedication. Increased concentrations were also observed for moclobemide, but not citalopram or its metabolite. In addition to its long recognized capacity to decrease haloperidol concentrations, carbamazepine was shown to induce the metabolism of clopenthixol and possibly flupenthixol. The consistency of such a picture substantiates the need to consider therapeutic drug monitoring databases as cost-effective and reliable tools for postmarketing surveillance.
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Polymorphisms in cytochrome P450 2D6 and 2C19 can lead to interindividual differences in drug plasma concentrations, affecting clomipramine efficacy. Pharmacokinetic and pharmacogenetic analyses may improve drug therapy.