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I need to know what is the alternative to anafranil/luvox for ocd/anxiety?

I need to know what is the alternative to anafranil/luvox for ocd/anxiety?

Multiple: Multiple other ssri's such as Celexa and zoloft (sertraline) can also be used in ocd. These can be augmented with antipsychotics and benzodiazepines as well. http://tinyurl.com/ozsdsbz some who do not respond to these may respond to augmentation with low-dose ondansetron. http://tinyurl.com/nnj59r2 cognitive behavioral therapy is an important part of treatment too. ...Read more

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Anafranil (Definition)

Anafranil is a tertiary amine tricyclic which is a kind of tricyclic type drug (serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibiting ...Read more


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I am on anafranil (clomipramine) for OCD but its causing me memory problems.Is there anything i can take like memory booster would be useful for me.

I am on anafranil (clomipramine) for OCD but its causing me memory problems.Is there anything i can take like memory booster would be useful for me.

Anafranil (clomipramine): Anafranil (clomipramine) can be very helpful for ocd, but does have strong anticholinergic effects which can interfere with memory and other cognitive functioning. Please discuss your experiences with your psychiatrist, so that they can be addressed. Perhaps your dose could be decreased to see if it still controls symptoms and your memory improves. If not, there are other options for ocd. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What is the maximum anafranil (clomipramine) dosage for OCD resistant patients?

What is the maximum anafranil (clomipramine) dosage for OCD resistant patients?

250mg/day: Maximum recommended daily dose is 250mg, but some psychiatrist may push a bit further. If at 250mg/day and symptoms not controlled, pushing higher dose is not likely to benefit. Adding other medication, change of meds, or combining with cognitive/behavioral therapy probably is a better way to go then pushing too much of one drug--just my humble opinion. Consult your doc. Best of luck to you. ...Read more

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Why anafranil (clomipramine) causes memory problems and i can stop taking it because its the only medicine that worked for my ocd.

Why anafranil (clomipramine) causes memory problems and i can stop taking it because its the only medicine that worked for my ocd.

Check a blood level: Make sure that you get an Anafranil (clomipramine) blood level checked. If the blood level is too high it can certainly cause memory problems. By no means should you stop it. It is very difficult to find a medication that is effective in ocd. Work with your psychiatrist on this issue. If your psychiatrist thinks that the memory difficulties are being caused by anticholinergic effects of the Anafranil (clomipramine) then he or she may be willing to give you a trial on a medication to reverse that. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What causes memory and concentration problems at the age of 24.By the way I have OCD and I am on anafranil (clomipramine) and just reduced dose to 25 mg.

What causes memory and concentration problems at the age of 24.By the way I have OCD and I am on anafranil (clomipramine) and just reduced dose to 25 mg.

OCD & Med: Memory(3stages)= registration, storage, retrieval. Impaired memory can occur at any stage.Anxiety can impairs concentration, so the information is not stored well;so it cannot be retrieved. Anafranil (clomipramine) may interfere with memory also. Of course, other factors also could be contributing. Talk with your doctor to assess causes of your decreased memory and what to do. ...Read more

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How effective is clomipramine (Anafranil) for treating obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)?

How effective is clomipramine (Anafranil) for treating obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)?

Very: It is a very good treatment for OCD. Because it has more side effects (dry mouth, constipation, sedation) it is commonly used less often then SSRIs. ...Read more

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I was on anafranil but caused me memory problems but its was perfect for my ocd.Now I am on Prozac (fluoxetine) 20 would it be good for me or not.

I was on anafranil but caused me memory problems but its was perfect for my ocd.Now I am on Prozac (fluoxetine) 20 would it be good for me or not.

Maybe: For the most part, Prozac (fluoxetine) is easier to tolerate than Anafranil and has fewer side effects. However it is also not as powerful in its effects on serotonin. So you may need higher doses for ocd than for other illnesses like depression or anxiety. ...Read more

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What r possible alternatives to anafranil in treating severe purely obsessive ocd? Clomipramine along with zoloft, (sertraline) lamictal, propranolol, and trazodo

What r possible alternatives to anafranil in treating severe purely obsessive ocd?  Clomipramine along with zoloft, (sertraline) lamictal, propranolol, and trazodo

Hi-dose SSRI, CBT: On the medication side, ssri antidepressants such as zoloft (sertraline) are the most used, often at doses higher than typically prescribed for depression. It's also worth considering psychotherapy. Cognitive-behavioral approaches such as cbt or erp (exposure and response prevention) are often helpful for ocd. ...Read more

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I am diagnosed with severe OCD. Doc put me on Zoloft (sertraline) 300mg QD and Anafranil 75mg OD. My question is that, this is a normal dosage to tackle anxiety???

OCD: Use of higher doses of anti-depressants such as zoloft (sertraline) is effective for OCD. The Anafranil dose if moderate but could cause an interaction with the very high dose of zoloft (sertraline). Contact your doctor if you experience any side effects chills, diarrhea, muscle pain, excessive sweating, agitation. ...Read more

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My son took anafranil (clomipramine) for the first time and 30 minutes later he felt more impulsive. The prescriptio is done by his doctor for ocd.What can cause it?

My son took anafranil (clomipramine) for the first time and 30 minutes later he felt more impulsive.  The prescriptio is done by his doctor for ocd.What can cause it?

Stop the medication: Different people react differently to medication and sometimes paradoxically. Yes, Anafranil (clomipramine) can be used for ocd, but if he is having a problem with it i would stop the medication and follow up with the prescribing doctor. ...Read more