Who Makes It?
Clomipramine is made by Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals. Generic clomipramine is made by several manufacturers of generic medications.
How Does Clomipramine Work?
Clomipramine belongs to a class of medications called tricyclic antidepressants
. It is not entirely clear how the medication works. Clomipramine does affect several chemicals in the brain, including serotonin and norepinephrine. Perhaps the medication allows these chemicals to stay in the brain longer, which can help with symptoms of OCD
Even though clomipramine is classified as a tricyclic antidepressant
(due the chemical structure of the molecule), it actually acts much like a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI
). SSRIs are a newer group of antidepressant
medications, and many people consider clomipramine to be an SSRI, even though it is technically a tricyclic antidepressant.