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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 120-125

Comparative efficacy and safety of clonazepam versus nortrptilline on menopausal symptom among forty plus women: a prospective, open-label randomized study

1 Department of Pharmacology, GMC, Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir, India
2 Department of Medicine, GMC, Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir, India
3 Department of Gynae and Obst, GMC, Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir, India

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DOI: 10.4103/jmh.JMH_130_20

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Aims and Objectives: The aim of this study is to compare the effect of clonazepam and nortryptiline on menopausal symptoms in above 40 years women. Materials and Methods: A prospective, randomized, open-label comparative study was conducted in a tertiary care teaching hospital for 1 year. Patients were randomized into two groups. Both the groups had 60 patients, out of which Group A had 39 menopausal patients and Group B had 31 menopausal patients, respectively. Group 1 received tablet clonazepam 0.5 mg bed time orally daily. Group 2 received tablet nortryptiline 25 mg bed time orally daily. The primary efficacy end points were effect on menopausal symptoms evaluated by at 0, 4, and 8 weeks. Results: Mean age since menopause was 45 ± 4.06 years, and the mean number of years since menopause was 9.18 ± 7.59 years clonazepam and nortryptiline recorded statistically comparable effect with numerical superiority of nortryptiline both at 4 and 8 weeks on mean Menopausal Symptom Score, thereby indicating that both the drugs may have directly/indirectly improved the mean menopausal symptoms equally. Improvement in the clonazepam group was numerically and statistically more than nortryptiline group at 4 and 8 weeks on mean Vasomotor Symptom Score withP < 0.01 in clonazepam group andP < 0.05 in nortryptiline group both at 4 and 8 weeks. Both the drugs showed comparable results on psychosocial symptom score both at 4 and 8 weeks with numerical superiority in nortryptiline group. Clonazepam group showed more improvement on mean physical score than nortryptiline group numerically and statistically. Both the drugs showed comparable results on mean sexual symptom score at 4 weeks, but nortryptiline proved to be statistically better at 8 weeksP < 0.01 versusP < 0.05 in clonazepam group. Conclusion: Clonazepam and nortryptiline recorded statistically comparable effect at 4 and 8 weeks on mean menopausal symptom. Both the drugs were equally safe and did not recorded any serious Adverse Drug Reaction (ADRs).

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