Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan

Clomipramine

  • John C. Courtney
  • Efrain Antonio GonzalezEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_1639

Generic Name

Clomipramine

Brand Name

Anafranil

Class

Tricyclic antidepressant

Proposed Mechanism(s) of Action

Boosts neurotransmitters serotonin and norepinephrine/noradrelaline; blocks serotonin transporter; apparently desensitizes both serotonin 1A receptors and beta adrenergic receptors.

Indication

Obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, cataplexy syndrome, premature ejaculation.

Off-Label Use

Anxiety, insomnia, chronic pain.

Side Effects

Serious

Paralytic ileus, hyperthermia, lowered seizure threshold and rare seizures, orthostatic hypotension, sudden death, arrhythmias, tachycardia, QTc prolongation, increased intraocular pressure, hepatic failure, extrapyramidal symptoms, mania, and suicidal ideation.

Common

Blurred vision, constipation, increased appetite, urinary retention, dry mouth, nausea, diarrhea, heartburn, strange taste in mouth, weight gain, fatigue, weakness, dizziness, headache, anxiety, nervousness, restlessness, sedation, sexual dysfunction, sweating.

References and Readings

  1. Physicians’ desk reference (71st ed.) (2017). Montvale: Thomson PDR.Google Scholar
  2. Stahl, S. M. (2007). Essential psychopharmacology: The prescriber’s guide (2nd ed.). New York: Cambridge University Press.Google Scholar

Additional Information

  1. Free Drug Online and PDA Software. www.epocrates.com.
  2. Free Drug Online and PDA Software. www.medscape.com.

Copyright information

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Socorro Mental HealthPresbyterian Medical ServicesSocorroUSA
  2. 2.College of Psychology, Nova Southeastern UniversityFort LauderdaleUSA
  3. 3.Utah State UniversityLoganUSA