is an anti-depressant which is used for the treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder
(OCD). It restores the balance
of natural substances in the brain
to help a person lessen the urge to do repeated tasks (compulsion).
Clomipramina is prescribed to individuals suffering from major depression
, OCD, narcolepsy
, panic attacks, depersonalization disorder, premature ejaculation, and chronic pain particularly headache
Clomipramina is taken orally. It can be taken on an empty stomach
. In order to lessen the chances of side effects, Clomipramina is usually taken in low doses until the body gets used to the medication. Once the patient gets used to the dosage, the total dosage may be taken once a day, usually at night to prevent the occurrence of daytime drowsiness. The usual dose is a maximum of 250 milligrams for adults and 200 milligrams for teenagers.
Patients are not allowed to eat grapefruit or take grapefruit juice while taking this medication since it can result to increased amount of medications in the bloodstream.
For best results patients should follow their dosing schedule. Continue taking the medication even if the patient does not feel well. It helps if the patient uses Clomipramina at the same time every day.
Users should not stop taking the medication without the approval of a physician since it can worsen certain conditions. Users may experience nausea
, sweating, and headache if the use of Clomipramina is suddenly stopped. It takes around 2 weeks before the full effects of Clomipramina are noticed.
Users of Clomipramina may experience side effects although the chances are quite low. Some of these side effects include constipation
, dry mouth
, drowsiness, dizziness, upset stomach, changes in weight and appetite, sweating, vomiting
, and tiredness. Users may also experience anxiety
especially for those who used Clomipramina for the first time.
Some of the more serious side effects that may happen include fainting, depression, hallucination, confusion
, enlargement of the breasts
, irregular or painful menstrual cycles, stiffness of the muscles, decreased libido, numbness, difficulty in urinating, and severe vomiting.
If any of these side effects continue or worsen, immediately contact a physician or pharmacist.
Before agreeing to take Clomipramina, patients should tell their doctors if they have any allergy
to tricyclic antidepressants such as nortiptyline and imiprmine, or allergy to any other medication. Users should also divulge their history of heart
attacks before agreeing to take Clomipramina.
A patient’s medical history is also scrutinized prior to presctiption of Clomipramina. This is particularly true to those who have chronic blood
problems like thrombocytopenia, breathing ailments like asthma
, and heart problems like coronary heart disease
Clomipramina can cause users to be dizzy or suffer from blurred vision, so precaution is important for those who drive or operate machinery. It is also important for users to limit their alcohol intake.
Clomipramina can also interact with other medications such as arbutamine, sibutramine
, and disopyramide
. Users should also avoid use of MAO inhibitors like tranylcypromine during treatment since can result to fatal drug interaction.
Clomipramina has the following structural formula:
• Molecular formula of clomipramina is C19H23ClN2
• Clomipramina available : 10mg tablets, 25mg tablets, 75mg tablets