Novartis | Anafranil (Medication)


Anafranil, generically known as Clomipramine Hcl, is an antiobsessional drug, used to treat depressive illness, phobic or obsessional disorders and sudden muscle weakness (cataplexy), associated with a disorder in which there are repeated attacks of extreme sleepiness (narcolepsy).

It works by decreasing persistent or unwanted thoughts and obsessions, and reducing the urge to perform repeated tasks (compulsions such as hand-washing, counting, checking) that interfere with daily living.

Take this medication by mouth with or without food as directed by your doctor. Do not increase the dose or the frequency without your doctor advice. ...

Side Effect:

They vary from mild to sever from person to person. If any of the following persist or worsen, seek medical help immediately:dry mouth; sweating; gut disturbances such as constipation, nausea, vomiting; blurred vision; difficulty in passing urine; changes in appetite; headache; dizziness; confusion; sleep disturbances; anxiety; hot flushes; involuntary muscle movements such as tremors or twitching; weight gain; sexual problems; taste disturbance; sensation of ringing or other noise in the ears (tinnitus); drop in blood pressure when going from lying or sitting to sitting or standing, causing dizziness and lightheadedness; abnormal heart beats; or convulsions. ...


Before using this medicine inform your doctor if you have any type of allergies. Tell your doctor if you are using other medicine and about your medical history.

Tell your doctor if you have had any of the following:blood problems; breathing problems such as asthma or chronic bronchitis; certain eye problems like glaucoma; increased intraocular pressure; eating disorders (bulimia); heart problems; intestinal problems (chronic constipation, ileus); liver or kidney problems; personal or family history of other mental/mood conditions such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia; history of hospitalization for a very serious reaction to certain medications (neuroleptic malignant syndrome); seizures; hyperthyroidism; trouble urinating; any condition that may increase your risk of seizures (e. g. , alcohol/sedative dependency, use of electroconvulsive therapy, brain injury/disease); or certain types of tumors.

Because Anafranil can cause dizziness and drowsiness, do not drive and use heavy machinery until you are sure you can perform this activity safely. Limit alcoholic beverages.

During pregnancy and breastfeeding is not recommended to use this medicine without your doctor's advice.