The active ingredient in Anafranil is called Clomipramine. It’s used to help treat obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). It can also help to lower obsessive thoughts and lower the desire to do repeated functions (examples might include repeated hand washing, counting or checking) that can ge in the way of day to day life. Anafranil is a part of a class of medications known as tricyclic antidepressants. The way these work is they restore the balance of specific natural chemicals in the brain, with the main one being serotonin.
What are some of the side effects you might put yourself at risk of if you decide to use Anafranil?
Changes in appetite/weight
Tiredness and blurred vision may
What are some of the more serious side effects you can experience if you use this treatment?
Mental/mood changes (e.g., confusion, depression, memory problems)
Unwanted breast milk production
Irregular/painful menstrual periods
Ringing in the ears
Sexual problems (e.g., decreased sexual ability, changes in desire)
Numbness/tingling of the hands/feet
Signs of infection (e.g., fever, persistent sore throat)
Unusual/uncontrolled movements (especially of the tongue/face/lips)
Severe stomach/abdominal pain
Yellowing of eyes/skin
Can cause a condition called serotonin syndrome/toxicity(symptoms include: fast heartbeat, hallucinations, loss of coordination, severe dizziness, severe nausea/vomiting/diarrhea, twitching muscles, unexplained fever, unusual agitation/restlessness).
Vomit that looks like coffee grounds
Vision changes (such as seeing rainbows around lights at night)
Serious allergic reactions
How do you know if a treatment such as Anafranil is right for your condition?
When you suffer from a condition such as obsessive compulsive disorder, then your life can really be affected. You’ll find the obsessive thoughts can make it tough to do even the simplest things and that it can drive you to the point of insanity. What you need to focus on is just how serious your condition is. Here are a few ways to tell if your OCD problem is bad enough to warrant use of Anafranil.
Do you feel physically sick if you can’t feed your compulsion?
A person who has to do something repeatedly will find that when they try to fight against the feelings they feel physically sick. This can be minor sickness or serious illness. A good example is the person who has to always wash their hands over and over. If they try to control it, then they’ll find they feel sick and this leads to them giving into the need. Giving in becomes a form of medication for them.
Do you find that you feel intense fear when you don’t give in to your compulsion?
People who suffer from a condition such as OCD will find that when they don’t give in, then they’ll feel very worried or afraid for some reason. The main reason someone feels like they have to do something over and over again is because they worry about what will happen if they don’t. They question if they did it right or if they did it at all. The feel doing it over and over again is the best way to ensure they can keep away a negative result they fear.
Do you take out your OCD feelings on the people around you?
People who have serious OCD problems will find that anyone around them who doesn’t engage in the same things they are will become paranoid. For example, the person who washes their hands a lot because they have a fear of germs will freak out if they see someone around them (usually in the home) who doesn’t do the same thing. If you force your OCD feelings on others, then this is a sign you need serious help.
Anafranil can be just the help you need to gain control over this condition and other mental/mood disorders.