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Anafranil for OCD


Anafranil is the brand name for tricyclic antidepressant, clomipramine. Originally developed in the 1960s by Swiss drug manufacturer Geigy, it has been utilized ever since for an assortment of mental health issues. As per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Anafranil is a legitimate and accepted drug that can be used to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

Throughout its history, Anafranil has been used in bursts to reduce relapse cases among cocaine addicts, to repair neurotransmitter damage caused by cocaine and to treat dogs for anxiety disorders like cognitive dysfunction syndrome and OCD.

Generally, it can take anywhere from two to three full weeks before Anafranil takes control and the complete effects can be felt. By the two-month mark, the drug should be noticed and gauged on effectiveness. If it’s not working the way doctors described or to a proper efficiency level, sufferers should consult their physicians on the matter.

While Anafranil is commonly used to treat OCD, it comes with certain amount of baggage. Like other older tricyclic antidepressants, this treatment option comes with more side effects than SSRIs. At the same time, if a person can handle the extra side effects, it is at times noticeably more effective in combating the symptoms that typically accompany OCD.

Generally, Anafranil is not used in the treatment of depression.

Anyone who gets the following allergic reactions to Anafranil should contact their physician: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Furthermore, if a sufferer has any of the following or worsening symptoms, they need to seek out immediate medical assistance: mood or behavior changes, anxiety, panic attacks, trouble sleeping, or if you feel impulsive, irritable, agitated, hostile, aggressive, restless, hyperactive (mentally or physically), more depressed, or have thoughts about suicide or hurting yourself.

As always, prior to committing to Anafranil or any other OCD-treating treatment option, it’s smart to consult your physician and get all of the information available on the matter.

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