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Clomipramine hydrochloride (Anafranil®) is a prescription medicine used to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in adults, teens, and children. It is not entirely clear how the medication works, but it is thought to cause certain chemicals in the brain (norepinephrine and serotonin) to stay in the brain longer, which can help alleviate symptoms of OCD.
Clomipramine is available as a capsule and is usually taken one to three times a day. Headaches, dizziness, and drowsiness are a few of the common side effects.
(Click Clomipramine for more details on this medication, including safety issues to discuss with your healthcare provider, generic availability, and what to do if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.)
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