Anafranil (Clomipramine) Product Information
Anafranil is prescribed for the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
Do you suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder? If you have it, your doctor might prescribe a medicine called Anafranil. This drug is also called clomipramine hydrochloride, which is the active medicinal ingredient.
As it is a tricyclic antidepressant, Anafranil is able to help balance brain chemicals and remove symptoms like repetitive actions, thoughts and feelings. Besides OCD, Anafranil may be used in any other ways that a doctor deems fit.
Anafranil should be taken according to the doctor’s advice and guidelines. Hence, one should never take a larger or smaller dose than needed. The best way to take this medicine is with your food as this can prevent stomach problems.
It takes up to four weeks to get considerable help from Anafranil.
So it is better to be patient and take the medicine exactly as prescribed. If you don’t see any improvement after one month of taking this medicine, call your doctor. Are you scheduled for surgery? If yes, let your surgeon know beforehand that you are on Anafranil so they can tell you what to do.
To be on the safe side, don’t stop taking this medication abruptly as this can cause unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Instead, ask your doctor for guidance regarding discontinuation. If you miss a dose, take it the soonest you can recall unless you are nearly taking the next planned dose.
The most common side effects of this medicine include the following:
- Anxiety, restlessness, dizziness, drowsiness and fatigue
- Changes in appetite and weight
- Mouth dryness, nausea
- Upset stomach, constipation
- Inability to concentrate, memory issues
- Excessive sweating
- Tingling and/or numbness
- Reduced libido, difficulty reaching an orgasm, impotence
- Vision changes.
If you notice other symptoms than the aforementioned ones, seek medical help right away.
If your doctor is going to prescribe Anafranil for you, there are things you should consider telling them.
Besides telling them that you are lactating, pregnant or planning to get pregnant, let your physician know if you suffer from:
- Liver disease, heart disease or kidney disease
- Seizures or a serious head injury
- Manic depression, schizophrenia or any other mental disease
- Low blood pressure
- Narrow-angle glaucoma
- Adrenal gland tumor such as neuroblastoma or pheochromocytoma
- Overactive thyroid gland
- Urination disorders
In addition, make sure your doctor knows about all other medicines that you are taking now, including opioids, to avoid interactions. Finally, avoid driving or performing a dangerous activity as this medicine can impair your thinking and mental focus.