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Pharmacokinetic fluvoxamine - Clomipramine interaction with favorable therapeutic consequences in therapy-resistant depressive patient

P Conus, C Bondolfi, CB Eap, F Macciardi, P Baumann



We describe the case of a depressive patient who was a rapid metabolizer of CYP2D6 substrates and a heavy smoker, and who did not respond to several courses of treatment with antidepressants, as a result of unusually low drug-plasma levels. During hospitalization, he did not improve after treatment with clomipramine (150-225 mg/day during three weeks), but showed a response within four days after addition of fluvoxamine (100 mg/day). Plasma levels of clomipramine and desmethylclomipramine changed from 58 ng/ml and 87 ng/ml to 223 ng/ml and 49 ng/ml respectively one week after addition of fluvoxamine. Present knowledge of the role of cytochrome P-450 isozymes, such as CYP1A2, CYP2C19, CYP2D6,..

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