Dutch Pharmacogenetics Working Group (DPWG) guideline information
for clomipramine and CYP2D6

last updated 08/10/2011

Summary

The Dutch Pharmacogenetics Working Group Guideline for clomipramine recommends to reduce the dose by 50% for CYP2D6 poor metabolizers, and select an alternative drug for ultrarapid metabolizers. Monitor (desmethyl)clomipramine plasma concentration.

Annotation

The Royal Dutch Pharmacists Association - Pharmacogenetics Working Group has evaluated therapeutic dose recommendations for clomipramine based on CYP2D6 genotypes [Article:21412232]. They recommend lower dose for patients carrying the poor metabolizer (PM) alleles and alternative drug for patients carrying the ultrarapid metabolizer (UM) allleles.

Phenotype (Genotype)Therapeutic Dose RecommendationLevel of EvidenceClinical Relevance
PM (two inactive (*3-*8, *11-*16, *19-*21, *38, *40, *42) alleles)Reduce dose by 50% and monitor (desmethyl) clomipramine plasma concentration.Published controlled studies of good quality* relating to phenotyped and/or genotyped patients or healthy volunteers, and having relevant pharmacokinetic or clinical endpoints.Clinical effect (S): long-standing discomfort (48-168 hr) without permanent injury e.g. failure of therapy with tricyclic antidepressants, atypical antipsychotic drugs; extrapyramidal side effects; parkinsonism; ADE resulting from increased bioavailability of tricyclic antidepressants, metoprolol, propafenone (central effects e.g. dizziness); INR 4.5-6.0; neutropenia 1.0-1.5x109/l; leucopenia 2.0-3.0x109/l; thrombocytopenia 50-75x109/l.
IM (two decreased-activity (*9, *10, *17, *29, *36, *41) alleles or carrying one active (*1, *2, *33, *35) and one inactive (*3-*8, *11-*16, *19-*21, *38, *40, *42) allele, or carrying one decreased-activity (*9, *10, *17, *29, *36, *41) allele and one inactive (*3-*8, *11-*16, *19-*21, *38, *40, *42) allele)Insufficient data to allow calculation of dose adjustment. Monitor (desmethyl)clomipramine plasma concentrationPublished controlled studies of good quality* relating to phenotyped and/or genotyped patients or healthy volunteers, and having relevant pharmacokinetic or clinical endpoints.Clinical effect (S): long-standing discomfort (48-168 hr) without permanent injury e.g. failure of therapy with tricyclic antidepressants, atypical antipsychotic drugs; extrapyramidal side effects; parkinsonism; ADE resulting from increased bioavailability of tricyclic antidepressants, metoprolol, propafenone (central effects e.g. dizziness); INR 4.5-6.0; neutropenia 1.0-1.5x109/l; leucopenia 2.0-3.0x109/l; thrombocytopenia 50-75x109/l.
UM (a gene duplication in absence of inactive (*3-*8, *11-*16, *19-*21, *38, *40, *42) or decreased-activity (*9, *10, *17, *29, *36, *41) alleles)Select alternative drug (e.g., citalopram, sertralin) or monitor (desmethyl)clomipramine plasma concentration.Published case reports, well documented, and having relevant pharmacokinetic or clinical endpoints. Well documented case series.Clinical effect (S): long-standing discomfort (48-168 hr) without permanent injury e.g. failure of therapy with tricyclic antidepressants, atypical antipsychotic drugs; extrapyramidal side effects; parkinsonism; ADE resulting from increased bioavailability of tricyclic antidepressants, metoprolol, propafenone (central effects e.g. dizziness); INR 4.5-6.0; neutropenia 1.0-1.5x109/l; leucopenia 2.0-3.0x109/l; thrombocytopenia 50-75x109/l.
  • *See Methods or [Article:18253145] for definition of "good quality."
  • S: statistically significant difference.
  • Please see attached PDF for detailed information about the evaluated studies: Clomipramine CYP2D6

DPWG Guideline publication

Total publications: 1

Reference
1. Pharmacogenetics: From Bench to Byte- An Update of Guidelines. Clinical pharmacology and therapeutics. 2011. Swen J J, Nijenhuis M, de Boer A, Grandia L, Maitland-van der Zee A H, Mulder H, Rongen G A P J M, van Schaik R H N, Schalekamp T, Touw D J, van der Weide J, Wilffert B, Deneer V H M, Guchelaar H-J. PubMed

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