Anafranil is an antidepressant drug used to treat symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder. It belongs to a class of drugs called tricyclic antidepressants, and works by altering chemicals in the brain.
Always follow your doctor’s instructions and use Anafranil exactly as prescribed.
Do not use Anafranil if you’ve taken an MAOI in the past 14 days.
Young people may have thoughts of suicide when first taking Anafranil or other antidepressants. Your mood should be monitored closely and any worrying symptoms should be reported to your doctor immediately.
Taking some other drugs with Anafranil can cause a dangerous condition called serotonin syndrome. Inform your doctor of all other drugs you take, especially stimulants, opioids, herbal products, and drugs used to treat depression, mental illness, migraines, Parkinson’s, infections, nausea and vomiting.
Avoid drinking alcohol while on this drug.
Before taking Anafranil, inform your doctor if you have any of the following:
Common side effects of Anafranil include:
Contact your doctor if you experience these more serious side effects:
Why are so many drugs unsafe to take at the same time as Anafranil?
When Anafranil is taken together with some other drugs, an excessive amount of serotonin can accumulate in the body. This causes serotonin syndrome, which is dangerous if left untreated. Watch out for symptoms like agitation, rapid heart rate, muscle stiffness or twitching, sweating, shivering, fever, hallucinations.