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Anafranil SR is made up of a tricyclic antidepressant called clomipramine. It is available as its brand name Anafranil SR 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 both the brand and generic version in 75mg.
Anafranil SR 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. It also helps treat depression and phobias. People with depression or phobias also experience a lot of constant unwanted thoughts. 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.
Do not take Anafranil if:
Common side effects include increase in appetite and weight gain, headaches, dizziness, nausea, constipation, dry mouth, increased sweating, shaking hands, tremor, difficulty in passing urine, problems with their eyes, feeling tired or sleepy, sexual disturbances, and restlessness.
Uncommon but serious side effects include glaucoma, hepatitis causing jaundice (yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes), and light colored urine, urinary retention, oedema (generalized swelling), hair loss, blood disorders (which might result in persistent sore throat, fever or frequent infections, unexplained bruising or bruising more easily).
What are signs of overdose?
Vomiting, fast or uneven heart rate, loss of balance or coordination, extreme drowsiness, fever, severe sweating, stiff muscles, increased or decreased urination, blue lips or fingernails, weak or shallow breathing, fainting, seizure (convulsions) or coma are all signs of overdose.
What should I avoid while taking this medication?
Alcohol can cause dangerous side effects and should be avoided while taking Anafranil SR.
At what point should I call my doctor?
If you experience blurred vision, tunnel vision, eye pain or swelling, or seeing halos around lights; rapid heart rate, tremors or shaking, confusion, extreme fear, thoughts of hurting yourself, painful or difficult urination; or a seizure (convulsions).
What is the difference between Anafranil and Anafranil SR?
Anafranil SR is available in a higher dosage than Anafranil.
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