Apo-Clomipramine (Clomipramine Hydrochloride)
What is Apo-Clomipramine (Clomipramine Hydrochloride) used for?
Apo-Clomipramine (Clomipramine Hydrochloride) is a TCA (tricyclic antidepressant) which works for depression, panic disorder and OCD by effecting the transmission of serotonin. Although treatment will not fully get rid of compulsions and persistent obsessive thoughts, it can substantially reduce them, leading to an improved quality of life in patients affected by obsessive compulsive disorder. Experts are not fully sure of all the details related to how achieves its therapeutic benefits, however many medical studies have established a connection between its serotonergic effects and its ability to lessen obsessive compulsive disorder symptoms.
Medical research has pointed to potential benefits in the treatment of chronic pain, including peripheral neuropathy and tension headaches. It has been suggested that its benefits in this area may be due to the fact that serotonin in the brain acts as a mediator of pain, and by affecting the serotonin system, it may help to relieve pain. Physicians have used it on its own or in combination with other medicines for this condition. Other studies have taken place which focused on its effects if used for eating disorders, premature ejaculation, premenstrual syndrome, and other conditions not referenced in this paragraph.
How should I use Apo-Clomipramine (Clomipramine Hydrochloride)?
Apo-Clomipramine (Clomipramine Hydrochloride) is available as either 10mg or 25mg strength tablets which are intended for oral use. The dosage will be individualized by the physician so as to meet the individual requirements and treatment goals of each patient. Generally, patients treating either depression, obsessive compulsive disorder or panic disorder will be started off by their physician with a dosage of 25mg per day, taken just before bed. The physician may make a decision related to dosage adjustments during the first 2 weeks of treatment, and some patients have been instructed to take 100mg per day. Ensure that you fully comply with all instructions given to you.
What are the side effects of Apo-Clomipramine (Clomipramine Hydrochloride)?
Patients need to remain vigilant for signs of side effects during treatment with Apo-Clomipramine (Clomipramine Hydrochloride) tablets, and some possible reactions are listed here:
Report to your physician regularly and disclose all side effects that occur. Certain reactions caused by this medicine may be of a serious nature and will need treatment immediately. Present yourself at the emergency room or consult your physician straight away if you notice muscle stiffness, hallucinations, abnormal reflexes, tremors, pain when urinating or any other serious reactions not mentioned here.
The consumption of alcoholic beverages must be avoided at all times during the course of treatment with Apo-Clomipramine (Clomipramine Hydrochloride) due to the risk of severe and harmful reactions.
In general, 4 weeks of medical treatment may be needed until any noticeable improvement in symptoms occurs. If you do not appear to feel any better, or if any thoughts of suicide occur, see your physician immediately.