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Antidepressant medications are used to treat a variety of conditions,
including depression and other mental/mood disorders. These medications can
help prevent suicidal thoughts/attempts and provide other important
benefits. However, studies have shown that a small number of people
(especially people younger than 25) who take antidepressants for any
condition may experience worsening depression, other mental/mood symptoms,
or suicidal thoughts/attempts. Therefore, it is very important to talk with
the doctor about the risks and benefits of antidepressant medication
(especially for people younger than 25), even if treatment is not for a
Clomipramine is used to treat obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). It helps
decrease persistent/unwanted thoughts (obsessions), and it helps reduce the
urge to perform repeated tasks (compulsions such as hand-washing, counting,
checking) that interfere with daily living.
Before taking clomipramine, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are
allergic to it; or to other tricyclic antidepressants (e.g., imipramine,
nortriptyline); or if you have any other allergies.
This medication should not be used if you have a certain medical condition.
Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have
had: a recent heart attack.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical
history, especially of: blood problems (e.g., purpura, thrombocytopenia),
breathing problems (e.g., asthma, chronic bronchitis), certain eye problems
(e.g., glaucoma, increased intraocular pressure), eating disorders (e.g.,
bulimia), heart problems (e.g., arrhythmias, coronary artery disease, QT
prolongation in the EKG), intestinal problems (e.g., chronic constipation,
ileus), liver problems, kidney problems, personal or family history of other
mental/mood conditions (e.g., bipolar disorder, schizophrenia), history of
hospitalization for a very serious reaction to certain medications (neuroleptic
malignant syndrome), heartburn/stomach acid in the esophagus (e.g., due to
hiatal hernia), seizures, overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism), trouble
urinating (urinary retention, enlarged prostate), any condition that may
increase your risk of seizures (e.g., alcohol/sedative dependency, use of
electroconvulsive therapy, brain injury/disease), certain types of tumors
(e.g., pheochromocytoma, neuroblastoma).
This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy or cause temporary blurred vision;
use caution engaging in activities requiring alertness or clear vision such
as driving or using machinery. Limit alcoholic beverages.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time
of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing
schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.
Store in a tightly closed container at controlled temperature away from
light and moisture. Ask your pharmacist for more instructions. Do not store
in the bathroom. Keep all medicines out of reach of children and pets.