Anafranil Review

By Dr. Emily Kensington

Anafranil (Clomipramine) is a prescription medication used to treat depression and those suffering from OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder).

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is a condition that causes repeated unwanted thoughts/ideations and the need to repeatedly perform certain behaviors.

Clomipramine is in a class of medications called tricyclic antidepressants that work by increasing the amount of the neurochemical serotonin which is is required to maintain mental balance and stable mood.

Side Effects

Effects of antidepressants can range from mild to severe, and depend on the individual. Side effects can include drowsiness, dry mouth, fatigue, constipation, dizziness, increased appetite, weight gain, and blurry vision.

Report any side effects to your prescribing doctor. Also, if severe reactions occur you should seek immediate emergency medical attention at your nearest hospital, then follow up with your prescribing doctor once your symptoms have been stabilized.

Suicide Warning

According to some clinical trials, there may be an increased risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors when taking antidepressants, especially in children, teens, and young adults. Be sure to read this warning regarding antidepressants and suicide.

Pregnancy Warning

Also, there may be an increased risk of miscarriage and birth defects when antidepressants are consumed by women during pregnancy. See this important warning about antidepressants and pregnancy.

Alcohol Warning

It is not recommended that this medication be mixed with alcohol, as it may increase the side effects of the medication and cause seizures.

Also, since alcohol is a depressant, it is never advised that a depressant drug such as alcohol be used by those already suffering from depression, as it exacerbates depression symptoms. For more information, see this important warning regarding antidepressants and alcohol.

Weight Changes

Side effects of this medication may include weight gain or weight loss. In a small percentage of patients taking this antidepressant, weight changes may be a side effect. See this important information regarding antidepressants and weight changes.

 Anafranil Safety Tips

Always remember to take any medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not alter doses, skip doses, or take a double dose to make up for a missed dose. Never share or sell your prescription medication.

If you have any questions, refer to your treating doctor right away. If you experience any severe or unusual reactions or side effects while taking this drug, report them to your doctor right away. 

If necessary, visit your nearest local hospital emergency room in order to stabilize any severe symptoms.

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