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Anafranil is made up of a tricyclic antidepressant called clomipramine. It is available as its brand name Anafranil as well as its generic version, clomipramine. Both are just as effective; however clomipramine may have a different appearance and is cheaper in price. We carry Anafranil in 10mg and 25mg and carry clomipramine in 25mg.
Anafranil is used to treat symptoms in people with OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder). OCD causes a person to have consistent unwanted thoughts (obsession) or urges (compulsions) repeated over and over again. Clomipramine helps decrease obsessions and reduces compulsions by enhancing and restoring norepinephrine and serotonin (the chemical neurotransmitters in the brain which nerves use to communicate with each other). They do this by blocking their reuptake (absorption) and prolonging their activity.
Always follow directions given to you by your doctor.
Take this medication with food.
Try to take Anafranil around the same time every day as it can help ensure you don’t miss a dose.
Do not take this medication with grapefruit juice.
Clomipramine has been known to increase the chance of suicidal thoughts or actions in people younger than 25 years of age. It is more common in those who experienced these thoughts prior to taking Anafranil. If you see signs of depression in yourself while taking this medication or any one you know taking Anafranil, call a doctor right away.
This medication has not been approved for use in all young people. Consult your doctor before giving this medication to a child.
Tell your doctor if you...
The most common side effects include:
Less common but serious side effects include:
What are signs of depression since I was told its important to watch for them?
Signs of depression ;
How should I store this medication?
Store at room temperature (15C – 30C or 59F – 86F). Keep out of reach of children and pets.
What are some major drug interactions?
Effexor (venlafaxine), Lexapro (escitalopram), Luvox (fluvoxamine), Paxil (paroxetine), Prozac (fluoxetine), Remeron (mirtazapine)and trazodone.
Please note this is not a complete list of drug interactions.
Why can’t I take this medication with grapefruit (juice)?
Drinking or eating grapefruit (juice) may cause the clomipramine levels in your body to increase which could lead to dangerous adverse effects.
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