What is Clonil (Clomipramine) used for?
Clonil (Clomipramine) is an oral medication prescribed to treat patients who are suffering from the symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). It operates by balancing the levels of naturally occurring chemicals in the brain to prevent anxiety, obsessive thoughts, or the need to repeat certain actions that are associated with this condition. This effect may also make it useful for treating other depression disorders. Your doctor may prescribe it for other unlisted purposes, as well.
How should I use Clonil (Clomipramine)?
Clonil (Clomipramine) should always be used according to your doctor`s instructions to get the most effective results from treatment. The normal dosage is one tablet administered once daily, but your individual instructions will depend on your health condition and the severity of your symptoms. These should be swallowed with a large glass of water and may be taken on an empty stomach, although a meal is suggested before use if you get an upset stomach. Do not change form of the tablets by splitting, chewing, or crushing them as this may destroy or alter the effects of their contents.
What are the side effects of Clonil (Clomipramine)?
Some patients using Clonil (Clomipramine) have reported experiencing side effects such as:
Serious side effects that may require emergency medical attention include confusion, faintness, increased heart rate, tremors, painful urination, agitation, stiff muscles, severe fatigue, or seizures. These conditions may require lower doses or reduced frequency of administration to prevent further health problems from occurring.
Do not begin using Clonil (Clomipramine) if you are under the age of eighteen, taking other MAOI medications, allergic to tricyclic antidepressants, or if you have hypokalaemia, manic episodes, closed angle glaucoma, heart block, a recent heart attack, irregular heartbeats, or urinary retention. It is also important to inform your doctor if you have schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, a history of suicidal thoughts, an enlarged prostate gland, hyperthyroidism, porphyrias, a tumour affecting the adrenal gland, or a history of epilepsy. These conditions may cause unexpected health problems requiring adjustments to your regimen.
Strictly use Clonil (Clomipramine) as prescribed and follow all instructions provided by your doctor. Safe, suitable, and optimum dosage can vary and is dependent on the patient`s health and medical history, as well as the condition you are treating.
Clonil (Clomipramine) may not be safe or suitable for all patients. Always ensure your doctor is informed if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, using any other type of medication (including non-prescription medicine, vitamins, and supplements), as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or pre-existing medication conditions.
Seek immediate medical attention or proceed to your nearest accident and emergency department if you suffer a hypersensitive or allergic reaction. Symptoms usually present during a reaction of this nature include difficulty breathing or swallowing, swelling of the limbs or face, tight chest, hives, and skin rashes.