Our expert says:
Clomipramine ( Anafranil ) an antidepressants from the heterocyclic antidepressants family of drugs. This drug is used mainly in the treatment of OCD ( obsessive-compulsive disorder ) but is also used to relief symptoms of arm burning, endogenous depression, hair pulling syndromes, nail biting, panic attacks, phobias, or PMS. It is used in the treatment of narcolepsy and to relieve the pain of arthritis, cancer, diabetic disease, herpeslesions, migraines, tension headaches, or tic douloureux. It may also help decrease the repetitive symptoms in autistic persons.
CLASS: Tertiary Tricyclic.
Generic name: Clomipramine Hydrochloride..
Type: Antidepressant / Antiobsessional.
25 mg, 50 mg, 75 mg.
Dosages: Actual dosage must be determined by the physician.
Start: 25mg in evening.
Increases: 25mg daily in intervals of 3 or 4 days until 100mg daily.
Maintenance: 50mg to 150mg in 24 hours.
Maximum: 250mg in 24 hours.
If under 10 years of age, DO NOT USE!
10 to 60 years of age, 25 mg to 100 mg.
Over 60 years of age, Lower doses increased cautiously.
Liver Function: Lower dosage, as needed.
Kidney Function: Not usually needed.
Before taking: N/A
While taking: N/A
Take With: Taken after meals.
Full Benefits In: In a few days to a few weeks. If any unpleasant side effects, they should appear right away.
Missed Dose(s): If you take this drug at bedtime and miss it do not take in morning. If within one hour take. If over an hour skip and then continue on your normal schedule. Never Take a Double Dose!
If Stop Taking: Do not stop without consulting your physician and never abruptly.
Overdose symptoms include: Agitation, coma, confusion, convulsions, delirium, fever, hallucinations, shallow breathing, shock, seizures, or tremors. Can Be Fatal!
Nothing fun about Anafranil!!! It is a Schedule medicine and needs a doctor's prescription.
Dr Elna McIntosh
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