Generic name: Clomipramine hydrochloride
Brand Name: Paxil
What is Anafranil and for what Anafranil is used?
Anafranil, a chemical cousin of tricyclic antidepressant medications such as Tofranil and Elavil, is used to treat people who suffer from obsessions and compulsions. Anafranil is presumed to influence depression and obsessive compulsive behaviour (OCD) through its effects on serotonergic neurotransmission.
This drug is used to reduce the anxiety and unpleasant thoughts that cause obsessive-compulsive behaviors such as repeating an ordinary task many times, and help such a patient lead a more normal lifestyle. It is also used to treat depression.
How to Take Anafranil
Take Anafranil exactly as prescribed by health care provider.
Swallow the capsules with a drink of water. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your prescriber's advice.
What are the Side Effects of Anafranil -
Like other medicines,
Anafranil can cause side effects.
Some of the more common side effects of Anafranil include
- Abdominal pain
- agitation, allergy
- anxiety, appetite loss
- back pain, chest pain
- confusion, constipation, coughing
- depression, diarrhea, dizziness, dry mouth
- extreme sleepiness
- fast heartbeat, fatigue
- frequent urination
- increased appetite, increased sweating, indigestion,
Anafranil intraction with other drugs:
Tell your prescriber or health care professional: about all other medicines you are taking including non-prescription medicines; if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol; if you smoke; or if you use illegal drugs. These can affect the way your medicine works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines. It is important that you let your doctor know about any other medication you are taking, or condition you may have, so that they can consider this when prescribing antidepressants for you.
Warnings and precautions before taking Anafranil :
- Anafranil capsule must not be used during pregnancy as it may cause harmful side effects to the unborn child. Seek medical advice from your doctor.
- If you have a tumor of the adrenal gland, this medication could cause your blood pressure to rise suddenly and dangerously.
- Talk with your physician or pharmacist if you are taking other medications along with Anafranil .
- It is important that you let your doctor know about any other medication you are taking, or condition you may have, so that they can consider this when prescribing antidepressants for you.
- Breast Feeding - Mothers who are taking Anafranil and who wish to breast-feed should discuss this with their doctor.
- Do not drink alcohol while taking Anafranil . Alcohol may increase drowsiness caused by Anafranil . It may also increase the risk of seizures.
- Anafranil may cause your skin to become more sensitive to sunlight. Avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight.
- The safety and efficay of this medicine have not been studied in children and adolescents, hence it is not recommended for use in these age groups.
What if Overdose of Anafranil ?
If you think you or anyone else taken overdose of Anafranil , immediately telephone your doctor or contact your local or regional Poisons Information Centre Seek medical attention immediately.
You may need urgent medical attention.
What if Missed Dose of Anafranil ?
If you miss a dose of Anafranil medicine and you remember within an hour or so, take the dose immediately. If you do not remember until later, skip the dose you missed and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double doses.
Storage Conditions for Anafranil :
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date. Keep the medication away from the children.
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