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Anafranil Medication - Uses & Side Effects

Anafranil, a chemical cousin of tricyclic antidepressant medications such as Tofranil and Elavil, is used to treat people who suffer from obsessions and compulsions. Obsession is a persistent, disturbing idea, image, or forget it. Compulsion is an irrational action that person knows is senseless but feels driven to repeat again and again.

Anafranil Dosage

  • For adults, the usual starting dose is 25 milligrams daily.
  • The usual initial dose is 25 milligrams daily, divided into smaller doses and you should be taken with meals.

Uses of Anafranil

  • It is used to treat sudden muscle weakness that are associated with a disorder in which there are repeated attacks of extreme sleepiness.
  • It may also be used to treats other medical conditions those are listed in this medication guide.

Side Effects of Anafranil

Before taken Anafranil medicine, you should discuss the side effects with your doctor. If any develop or change in intensity, then you should inform your doctor as soon as possible. Because only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Anafranil. Side effects may include:

  • Constipation
  • Dizziness
  • Dry mouth
  • Impotence
  • Increased appetite
  • Indigestion
  • Nausea
  • Sleepiness
  • Tremor

Warnings and precautions before taking Anafranil:

  • You should not stop taking Anafranil abruptly. Because it may cause fever, general feeling of illness, headache, high fever.
  • After taken this medicine, then you may feel dizzy, or drowsiness. So you should not participate in any activities that require alertness such as driving and operate machinery.

Drug Interaction :-

If you are taking Anafranil with certain other drugs, then the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. So it is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Anafranil with the following:

  • Barbiturates such as phenobarbital
  • Cimetidine
  • Digoxin
  • Flecainide
  • Methylphenidate
  • Phenytoin
  • Propafenone
  • Quinidine
  • Thyroid medications such as Synthroid
  • Tranquilizers such as Xanax and Valium
  • Warfarin

After taken Anafranil if you feel that overdose is suspected, then you should contact with your doctor immediately. Because it may lead to another serious effect. Symptoms of a Anafranil overdose include

  • Agitation
  • Bluish skin color
  • Breathing difficulty
  • Delirium
  • High fever

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