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Commercial Name: Anafranil
Active Ingredient: Clomipramine
Utilization: Treats obsessive compulsive disorder, panic attacks, depression, and ongoing pain
Available Dosages: 10mg, 25mg and 50mg
Anafranil is a drug used to treat obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). This is a nervous condition where a person has recurring thoughts or ideas, or does repetitive things because they are anxious.
Clomipramine works on the central nervous system (CNS) and helps to relieve the symptoms of OCD. This medication belongs to a class of so called tricyclic antidepressants. It helps to restore the balance of certain natural substances (serotonin, among others) in the brain.
This medica000tion is also used to treat panic attacks, depression, and ongoing pain.
Take the drug only as prescribed because dosage and schedule may vary on your condition and other factors.
It is advised to follow the doctor's instructions carefully and not to take more or less medication than prescribed.
It is advised not to eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice ( it influences the level of cyclosporin in your blood ). Also limit alcoholic beverages.
Do not suddenly stop taking this medication as your condition may become worse.
It may take 2 to 3 weeks or longer before you notice the effects of this medication. Inform your doctor about your condition.
The most common side effects are dizziness, dry mouth, drowsiness, constipation, stomach upset, nausea, vomiting, sweating etc. Anxiety symptoms may temporarily worsen when you first start using Clomipramine.
A serious allergic reaction to this drug is very rare, but seek immediate medical help if it occurs.
Many people using this medicine do not have serious side effects.
In case you notice any side effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
If you have missed your dose, take it as soon as you remember. If you see that it is near the time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not take the dose twice.
If you think you have used too much of this medicine seek emergency medical attention right away. The symptoms of overdose usually include chest pain, nausea, irregular heartbeat, and feeling light-headed or fainting.
Store your medicines at room temperature between 68-77 degrees F (20-25 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Do not store the drugs in the bathroom. Keep all drugs away from reach of children and pets.
Medically reviewed by
Dr. Josette Davignon
Last updated: 1.06.2020