Intravenous chlorimipramine and depressive subtypes

J. I. Escobar, R. R. Teeter, V. B. Tuason, B. C. Schiele

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An open clinical trial with intravenous chlorimipramine was carried out on twenty depressed inpatients, diagnosed as primary or secondary affective disorders following a classificatory scheme for use in psychiatric research. Eleven out of twelve patients with primary affective disorders had a significant decrease in symptoms of depression at the end of two weeks. In contrast, eight patients with secondary affective disorders did not show such significant improvement. Changes in physiological parameters (systolic blood pressure) were significantly greater in the primary affective disorders than in the secondary ones. It is inferred from the results of this trial, that intravenous administration of chlorimipramine is a safe and feasible procedure, which may compare to electroconvulsive therapy in the treatment of severe unipolar and bipolar depressions.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)325-328
Number of pages4
JournalDisease of the Nervous System
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1976
Externally publishedYes

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  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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