Anafranil is used for Treating obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor. Anafranil is a tricyclic antidepressant. It works by increasing the activity of certain chemicals in the brain, which helps to reduce obsessive-compulsive behaviors.
How to use:
Use Clomipramine as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
Clomipramine comes with an extra patient information sheet called a Medication Guide. Read it carefully. Read it again each time you get Clomipramine refilled. Take Clomipramine by mouth with food to decrease stomach upset. It may take 2 to 3 weeks before you notice the effect of Clomipramine . Continue to use Clomipramine even if you feel well. Do not miss any doses.
Warning and Precautions:
Clomipramine may cause drowsiness, dizziness, or blurred vision. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Clomipramine with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it. Do not drink alcohol or use medicines that may cause drowsiness (eg, sleep aids, muscle relaxers) while you are using Clomipramine ; it may add to their effects. Ask your pharmacist if you have questions about which medicines may cause drowsiness. Clomipramine may cause dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting; alcohol, hot weather, exercise, or fever may increase these effects. To prevent them, sit up or stand slowly, especially in the morning. Sit or lie down at the first sign of any of these effects. Do not become overheated in hot weather or while you are being active; heatstroke may occur. Children, teenagers, and young adults who take Clomipramine may be at increased risk for suicidal thoughts or actions. Watch all patients who take Clomipramine closely. Contact the doctor at once if new, worsened, or sudden symptoms such as depressed mood; anxious, restless, or irritable behavior; panic attacks; or any unusual change in mood or behavior occur. Contact the doctor right away if any signs of suicidal thoughts or actions occur. Clomipramine may cause you to become sunburned more easily. Avoid the sun, sunlamps, or tanning booths until you know how you react to Clomipramine . Use a sunscreen or wear protective clothing if you must be outside for more than a short time. Tell your doctor or dentist that you take Clomipramine before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery. Lab tests, including complete blood cell counts, may be performed while you use Clomipramine . These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments. Use Clomipramine with caution in the ELDERLY; they may be more sensitive to its effects, especially those with heart problems. Clomipramine should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 10 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed. PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: It is not known if Clomipramine can cause harm to the fetus. If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Clomipramine while you are pregnant. Clomipramine is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking Clomipramine .
If you suddenly stop taking Clomipramine , you may have WITHDRAWAL symptoms. Symptoms may include dizziness, headache, irritability, nausea, tiredness, trouble sleeping, and vomiting.
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome: Constipation; diarrhea; dizziness; drowsiness; dry mouth; headache; irritability; loss of appetite; nausea; nightmares; sweating; tiredness; upset stomach; vomiting; weakness; weight loss or gain. Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur: Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); blurred vision or other vision changes; changes in sex drive; chest pain; confusion; decreased sexual ability; fainting; fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat; fever; flushing; frequent or difficult urination; impulsive behavior or other unusual changes in behavior; mental or mood changes (eg, increased anxiety, mood swings, agitation, irritability, nervousness, restlessness); numbness or tingling of the skin; panic attacks; ringing in the ears; seizures; severe dizziness or drowsiness; sore throat; stomach pain; suicidal thinking or behavior; swelling of the testicles; tremor; trouble sleeping; trouble walking or keeping your balance; twitching of the face or tongue; uncontrolled movements or stiffness of arms and legs; unusual bleeding or bruising; worsening of depression; yellowing of the skin or eyes. This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur.
Symptoms may include agitation; bluish skin or mucous membranes; breathing problems; chest pain; coma; confusion; dry mouth; enlarged pupils; excess sweating; fainting; fast or irregular heartbeat; flushing; incoordination; involuntary movements; loss of consciousness; restlessness; rigid muscles; seizures; severe drowsiness; shock; stupor; vomiting.
If you miss a dose of Clomipramine , take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once. If you take 1 dose daily at bedtime, do not take the missed dose the next morning.
Do not use this medicine:
if you have any allergic reaction to any component of this medicine
Anafranil should be kept away from heat, direct light, water, moisture at a room temperature (approximately 23 degrees C). The medicine should be kept in a place unreachable for children.
All information given above is a summary. You must visit your doctor, pharmacies or health care provider can provide more information about this medicine. Do not share this medicine with others for whom it was not prescribed. Do not use this medicine for other health conditions. Do not store medication with end term of storage.
Anafranil is a medication that is used for treatment of people who suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder. Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a mental condition that causes unwanted thoughts that are repeated over and over again. In addition, the condition causes the need to do the same tasks over and over repeatedly. For instance, those that need to wash their hands constantly or have to fold and unfold laundry several times. Anafranil is in a category of drugs known as tricyclic antidepressants and works by adding to the amount of serotonin. Serotonin is a natural substance that is found in the brain and is necessary to keep mental balance in check.
Anafranil is also known by its common name of Clomipramine and comes in capsule form. When treatment is first started on this medication, the normal recommended course of treatment starts with the medication being takes three times a day with food so the body can adjust to the new medication. However, after a few weeks of taking the medication, it is then taken only once per day at bedtime.
Taking Anafranil must be done only as directed by your doctor or pharmacist. It is important that you do not take any more or any less than what is recommended by your physician or pharmacist. You may being taking the medication for a few weeks before you start to feel the full effects of the medication. If is important that even though you start to feel better, you do not abruptly stop taking the medication. There are serious withdrawal symptoms that may occur if you suddenly stop the medication. These symptoms include dizziness, irritability, nausea, fever, vomiting, sleep issues, weakness and headache.
There are some things that your doctor and pharmacist will need to know before you start taking Anafranil. If you are allergic to medications such as clomiprmae, Elavil, Asendin, Norpramin, Adapin, Tofranil, Pamelor, Vivactil or Surmontil. You also need to let the doctor or pharmacist know if you are taking any prescription medication, over-the-counter medication, herbal supplements, vitamins or nutritional supplements, especially blood thinning medications, medications for nausea, dizziness or any mental conditions you may be taking such as Concerta, Prozac or Zoloft or tranquilizers.
Common side effects that are associated with Anafranil include drowsiness, dry mouth, weight or appetite changes, nausea, stuffy nose, headache, vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty concentrating, nervousness, decreased sex drive or constipation. These symptoms will likely subside over the course of time. There are more serious side effects that, if occur, indicates you need to call your physician immediately or seek emergency medical care. These side effects include seizures, irregular heartbeat, fast or pounding heartbeat, shakiness, sore throat or fever, hallucinations, troubles urinating, eye pain, severe weakness or severe muscle stiffness.