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Last Updated: November 18, 2019

Clomipramine is a tricyclic antidepressant. It is used for the treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder, obsessions and phobias, panic disorder and chronic pain. It works by interfering with the brain chemical serotonin.

Before you start taking this medicine it is important that your doctor knows if:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • You have an overactive thyroid gland.
  • You have liver problems.
  • You have diabetes or epilepsy.
  • You have had problems with constipation for a long time.
  • have had prostate trouble.
  • have a heart disorder or blood vessel disease.
  • You have had bipolar disorder or psychosis.
  • You have glaucoma.
  • You have a tumour on your adrenal gland.
  • You have porphyria, a rare inherited blood disorder.
  • You are taking other medicines especially of the category monoamine-oxidase inhibitors.
  • You have ever had an allergy from a medicine.

Common side effects of taking this medication includes dry mouth, constipation, weight gain, dizziness, tremor, drowsiness, tremor, restlessness, headache, etc.

Information given here is based on the salt content of the medicine. Uses and effects of the medicine may vary from person to person. It is advisable to consult a Psychiatrist before using this medicine.

The drug is used to treat:

  • Allergy

  • Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI)

The side effects of this drug include:

  • How long is the duration of effect?

    The effect of this medicine lasts for an average duration of 4 hours and 7 to 8 hours for an active metabolite.
  • What is the onset of action?

    The effect of this medicine can be observed in 2 to 6 hours.
  • Are there any pregnancy warnings?

    This medicine is not recommended for pregnant women.
  • Is it habit forming?

    No habit forming tendency has been reported
  • Are there any breast-feeding warnings?

    Breastfeeding women are advised to take medical help before using this drug.
  • Are there any missed dose instructions?

    Missed dose should be taken as soon as possible. It is recommended to skip your missed dose, if it is the time for your next scheduled dose.
  • Are there any overdose instructions?

    Consult your doctor in case of overdose.
  • India

  • United States

  • Japan

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This drug belongs to Tricyclic antidepressants. It works by inhibiting the reuptake of serotonin and noradrenaline thus increasing its concentration in the brain and helps in reducing the symptoms.

Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you"re at risk of a drug interaction.

  • Interaction with Alcohol


    Consumption of alcohol with this medicine is not recommended as it can result in dizziness and difficulty in concentration. Avoid activities that need mental alertness like driving or operating heavy machinery.
  • Interaction with Lab Test


    Information not available.
  • Interaction with Medicine


    This drug interacts with monoamine oxidase inhibitors, isocarboxazid, moclobemide, phenelzine, selegiline, etc.
  • Interaction with Food


    Information not available.
  • Interaction with Disease


    This drug interacts with cardiovascular disease, depression, neutropenia, thyroid disorders, etc.

Ques: What is Clomipramine?

Ans: This drug is a tricyclic antidepressant. It is used for the treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder, obsessions and phobias, panic disorder and chronic pain.

Ques: How long do I need to use Clomipramine before I see improvement in my condition?

Ans: In most of the cases, the average time taken by this medication to reach its peak effect is around 1 day to 1 week. Please consult your doctor for the time period you need to use this medication.

Ques: At what frequency do I need to use Clomipramine?

Ans: This medication is generally used once or twice a day. It is advised to consult your doctor before the usage, as the frequency also depends on the patient's condition.

Ques: Should I use Clomipramine empty stomach, before food or after food?

Ans: This medication is advised to be consumed orally. If you take it on an empty stomach, it might upset the stomach. Please consult the doctor before using it.

Ques: What are the instructions for the storage and disposal of Clomipramine?

Ans: It should be stored at room temperature, away from heat and direct light. Keep it away from the reach of children and pets.
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