Anxiety Medication Overview of Anafranil

Anafranil is the brand name of the tricyclic antidepressant clomipramine. It is approved by the FDA to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder and is also used to treat panic attacks, major depression, and other anxiety disorders.

Like all tricyclic antidepressants, clomipramine has a number of unwanted side effects. For this reason, it is not often used in the treatment of depression and tends to be considered a second-line course of treatment after other medications have failed. However, it is prescribed frequently for OCD, as its effectiveness at treating the disorder often outweighs the side effects.

The beginning dosage of clomipramine for those over age 10 is 25 mg once a day, to be taken with a meal. The dose can then slowly be increased if needed, taken in divided doses during the day until an effective dose has been reached. At that point, the drug can once again be taken daily in a single dose. The maximum dose for adults is usually 250 mg, and for children is 200 mg.

Common side effects of clomipramine include dry mouth, drowsiness, dizziness, headaches, constipation, and weight gain. In addition, it is fairly common for anxiety symptoms to worsen in the first few weeks of treatment with clomipramine; this can often be minimized with a slow increase in dosage and should be only temporary.

Photo: Pixabay

Anxiety Support Groups

More Articles

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, more commonly known as SSRIs, are a class of prescription drugs first developed to treat depression....

No one is immune to anxiety and panic attacks, including celebrities. Actress Amanda Seyfried recently told British Glamour magazine that she is...

All children experience fear and anxiety. They might get upset when separated from caregivers. They may be fearful of the dark, monsters in the...

If you suffer from an anxiety disorder, no matter how severe it is, you know the detrimental effects it can have on your mental state.

...

The term chronic stress disorder is often used to describe the psychological condition known as complex post-traumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD). C...

More Articles

Beta-blockers are a class of drugs most commonly used to treat heart conditions, although they are useful in the treatment of a variety of other...

Withania somnifera, known commonly as ashwagandha, sounds like a good name for an avatar in a fantasy game, but it is already the name of an herb...

The number one biggest fear of human beings is Glossophobia, also known as having a fear of public speaking. Some even fear public speaking more...

Risperidone, an atypical antipsychotic sold under the brand name Risperdal, is a medication typically used to treat schizophrenia, manic...

If you suffer from a generalized anxiety disorder, you probably feel fearful a lot of the time. Don’t let fear and anxiety rule your life!...

Children with difficulty breathing in their sleep—evidenced by snoring, mouth-breathing, or failing to breathe at all for several seconds—are up...

One of the most commonly used and most effective treatments for mental health issues, particularly anxiety disorders and depression, is cognitive...

Researchers at the University of Utah's Pain Research Center have released the results of a new study that reinforces the notion that music can...

If you have math anxiety, your issues with solving number problems may have nothing to do with your math capability or disdain of numbers.

...

According to research published in the journal Science, the drug ketamine can repair brain cell connections that have been disrupted by depression...

Women might have a leg up on men when it comes to interviewing for a job, say researchers at the University of Western Toronto. The data from a...

When people talk about treatments for anxiety, they usually focus on medication and therapy as the two main options for a successful outcome....

This article was written for Living With Anxiety by Sam Kaplan, a student at Colby College. This is his story of life with a panic disorder....

Whether you’re a graduate student preparing for your finals or an aspiring real estate developer who needs to get a license, test anxiety affects...

Why is this medication prescribed?

Prozac or Fluoxetine is an antidepressant (mood elevator) and is used to treat depression, obsessive-...