Anafranil (Oral)

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Exercise and taking Anafranil

I do alot of cardio exercising want to know if I take Anafranil will it affect my heart or make me not be able to do exercise that is fast paced. Thanks   
by sandra walker in Memphis, Tennessee, 10/16/2007

Anafranil (Oral) Drug and Prescription Information

Anafranil (Oral)

Anafranil (Oral) Medication Classification


Anafranil (Oral) Brandname


Anafranil (Oral) is used for the Treatment

Clomipramine (kloe-MI-pra-meen) Treats obsessive compulsive disorder, depression, chronic pain, bulimia, sleep disorders, and panic disorder.Belongs to a class of drugs called tricyclic antidepressants.

When To Not Use Anafranil (Oral)

You should not use clomipramine if you have ever had an allergic reaction to clomipramine or to related medicine such as Elavil® or nortriptyline. Clomipramine should not be used if you have had a recent heart attack or are taking an MAO inhibitor (such as Nardil® or Parnate®).

How Should You Use Anafranil (Oral)

Capsule, Tablet

  • Take with or without food.
  • Do not break or chew the capsules. You may open the capsule and mix the medicine beads with soft food (applesauce, pudding). Swallow the mixture without chewing.
  • It may be 2 to 3 weeks after you start clomipramine before you notice an improvement in your symptoms.
  • Do not stop taking clomipramine suddenly without asking your doctor.
  • If a dose is missed:
  • Take the missed dose as soon as possible.
  • If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to take your medicine and skip the missed dose.
  • If you take one dose a day at bedtime, You should not use the missed dose the next morning without asking your doctor.
  • You should not use two doses at the same time.

Proper Anafranil (Oral) Storage

Store Anafranil (Oral) at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep Anafranil (Oral) and all medications out of the reach of children.

What To Avoid While Using Anafranil (Oral)

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Avoid drinking alcohol.
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are taking other medicines that could make you drowsy, such as sleeping pills, sedatives, cold or allergy medicines, narcotic pain killers, muscle relaxants or tranquilizers.

Anafranil (Oral) Warnings

  • Check with your doctor before taking clomipramine if you have glaucoma, high blood pressure, heart problems, seizures, trouble going to the bathroom (urinating), or if you have kidney or liver disease
  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, talk to your doctor before taking this medicine.
  • This medicine may make you drowsy or dizzy. Be careful if driving a car or operating machinery.
  • Before having surgery, be sure to tell your doctor that you are taking clomipramine.
  • Clomipramine may cause increased sensitivity to sunlight. Use a sunscreen when outdoors. Avoid sunlamps and tanning beds.

Anafranil (Oral) Side Effects

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Fast, pounding heartbeat
  • Fainting
  • Agitation or hallucinations
  • Rash or hives
  • If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Drowsiness or headache
  • Dry mouth
  • Nausea or weight changes
  • Constipation or trouble urinating
  • Trouble having sex (impotence)
  • Changes in vision such as trouble focusing

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Vicki, Arizona - 06/05/2011

I wanted to know if the capsules could be opened and mixed with something and the answer was right there. Clear and simple, yes. Thanks for the info.

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Stephanie, Stephanie - 01/10/2014

I have dealt with a pretty bad case of seorpatian anxiety myself. I'm sure you have tried a billion suggestions as I did and I apologize if you have already written about this but here is what worked for me.1.) Exhaustion, taking the dog out for a long run if possible before you wasn't a cure all but it helped2.) Leaving a soup bone (gross I know) when you leave. They have them in the frozen section of most dog food stores.3.) Not paying any attention to the dog when coming home, and aside from the bone when leaving too. For example don't make a big deal of your comings and goings.4.) And this was what sealed the deal for us, getting another dog. This is obviously not the best suggestion and not possible for most people but it changed my life in terms of the seorpatian anxiety. I don't crate any of my dogs, they have crates but aren't forced to use them. The pup with the seorpatian anxiety wouldn't go near a crate anyway. I hear you on how frustrating it is good luck with your situation.


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