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Review by JW 84020:

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9.0

For Depression: This medicine has minimal side effects. It makes me less sad or reduces obsessive worry. It lowers my anxiety. It also helps with digestion regularity.

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September 3, 2014 9:22 PM

Review by Royjones (taken for 1 to 2 years):

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10

For Panic Disorder: Before taking Anafranil I had severe panic attacks and de-realization. Xanax was the only medicine that could help me but only temporarily at high doses. After unsuccessful experiences with other antidepressants which made my anxiety and mood much worse, I was ready to give up pharmaceuticals until I gave Anafranil a shot. I don't preach antidepressants or antianxiety medicines because I don't like them myself, but Anafranil seemed to be the only medicine that virtually eliminated my panic attacks without making me feel 'numb' and 'lifeless'. If you have panic disorder or depression like I do and have had no luck with SSRI's or SNRI's, I urge you to at least try Anafranil.

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June 3, 2014 11:54 PM

Review by Vicki I won:

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9.0

For Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: I have suffered resistant depression/anxiety on and off for 30 years and now I have obsessive compulsive disorder and intrusive thoughts. I started on Anafranil 15 days ago and my OCD/ intrusive thoughts have almost gone I'm on only 100 mg per day and I'm starting to get my life back and the medicines haven't reached their full effect yet, so at this early stage I'm happy to recommend this medication and I hope this helps anyone that reads this, thank you.

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May 5, 2014 3:16 AM

Review by hapi:

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9.0

For Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: I have suffered from obsessive thoughts for 26 years. I have tried different medications over the years. I was on Paxil for 10 years but I never ever felt totally well and I slowly stopped taking it and became very ill. I started taking clomipramine again seven years ago. Again it saved my life and I have been able to have a successful career. I take 250 mg a day. I hate the side effect of weight gain but I will never sacrifice my mental health to lose weight.

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February 9, 2014 3:30 PM

Review by MelissaDutfield (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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8.0

For Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: I started taking this medication 2 months ago, starting on 25mg but was too high as the side effects were bad for me so I started on 10mg slowly to 20mg and I think it has made a big difference. I am doing CBT too but the anxiety has decreased significantly. I suffer from intrusive thoughts and this helps it become more manageable and I feel that I'm living again!

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January 31, 2014 8:06 AM

Review by mciain3 (taken for 10 years or more):

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10

For Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Anafranil has always worked superbly for my obsessive compulsive disorder and I have used this medicine intermittently for 30 years. My mistake has always been to completely stop when I feel well - it always comes back. Although an amazing medicine, the downside is that it takes about 8 weeks for the medicine to work and before that I usually feel worse. And the side effects can be a challenge.

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January 18, 2014 12:17 AM

Review by helps me:

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7.0

For Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: It has worked really well for my severe OCD, depression, anxiety and panic. It stabalizes my mood too. The side effects are awful for me, though. Sexual side effects (like my genitals are numb) and severe constipation are the two side effects that keep me from being on a more therapeutic dose. At 100mg, the side effects are bad. At 50mg I'm OK in terms of side effects, but the benefits are minimal. I will be going up to 75mg and see how that goes. In the past I had been on 150mg and then 200mg. I had never been happier. I think I may have been too happy rather than normal happy, though.

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November 11, 2013 2:59 PM

Review by alon22 (taken for 2 to 5 years):

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10

For Depression: After 6 years with very strong depression that nothing helps, this medicine saved my life. It takes more then a month to kick in and it continues to grow for full year but after you use it you fill strong and don't think about depression anymore. If you have resistant depression you must try this. It's a totally different class than the rest. I also tried all the natural 5HTP, St. John's Wort and the rest and nothing helped.

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October 6, 2013 2:13 PM

Review by AmateurParent (taken for 1 to 2 years):

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10

For Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: My 13 yo daughter is on this. None of the SSRIs worked to control her Obsessive compulsive disorder. Anafranil had been awesome.

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July 5, 2013 5:23 PM

Review by Nutcracker44 (taken for 5 to 10 years):

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10

For Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Works better on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder than on depression. Also helps one sleep and counters nervous diarrhea.

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June 16, 2013 4:41 AM

Review by shb (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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4.0

Started out good, then headaches then sleep problems. After that muscle spasms, also weakness, although I started feeling better to start with as far as my mood and depression.

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May 27, 2013 7:00 PM

Review by Maciain (taken for 10 years or more):

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10

For Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: I have used Anafranil on and off for 30 years. Each time it has worked superbly. I stop and then start again about 2 years later, for a period of about 4-6 months. Presently taking 200 mg along with Beta Blockers - the best experience ever: I am happier, more confident and less anxious than ever in my life. Anafranil side effects are sometimes bad: loss of appetite, sexual dysfunction and blurred vision tend to him me badly. Also can take 2-3 months before they really work. But worth the wait, even though it feels for a while as though it makes you feel worse. Outstanding medicine - a life saver!!

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March 7, 2013 4:13 AM

Review by Scottyy (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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9.0

For Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Anafranil : Most likely the best medicine for obsessive compulsive disorder, overall. Yet each person has their own body chemistry/energy issues. Most people with OCD need about 100 to 200 mg at night. The key is to GRADUALLY go up in dose. This will give your body TIME to ADJUST to Anafranil. I am now up to 150mg, after 3 months and I am feeling much better. Much less OCD thoughts. Yes, sexual side effects...as with any OCD medicine. I used to take high dose Paxil for 8 years and it just wore out, OCD came back. I think I will try Anafranil 200 or 225 mgs, stay on it for a year, then see how I do as I try to wean down the dose to 50 or so.

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February 7, 2013 8:00 PM

Review by dandalion:

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9.0

For Panic Disorder: Have been on Anafranil for 5 weeks now. Prior to starting this medication I tried Lexapro (horrible panic attacks no sleep), Zoloft (made me depressed, worsened anxiety), Cymbalta (dreamlike state, made me totally dysfunctional), dothiepin (slightly alleviated anxiety but not much). I have only taken Anafranil for 5 weeks and it has already cured me of chronic anxiety, panic attacks. Took 4 weeks to really start working but turned out to be a surprisingly effective medicine. I feel great for the first time in years and am starting to get my life back. It has also helped my agoraphobia a great deal, magical stuff.

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January 19, 2013 5:24 PM

Review by Luahna (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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10

For Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: This drug was a MIRACLE for me! My problem was that I was always LATE for any and every little thing I attempted to do and it was ruining my life. It is VERY baffling for me because I started with only 25 mg and within FOUR days I was AUTOMATICALLY, not just on time, but EARLY for everything, without any thought or effort! I was ecstatic. This phase lasted 3 weeks. The doc said I'd be a Super Woman when she amped me up to 50 mg. Well, that made it STOP working! I began to slowly regress, and then started to be extremely drowsy to the point of even falling asleep at the wheel -- and worse, it wasn't even working! We experimented with it but it NEVER worked again and I am super sad about that.

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January 18, 2013 9:33 PM

Review by Anonymous:

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10

For Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: This has been a miracle for me. I suffer from extreme OCD that had left me at times in a state of paralysis and constant fear. This medicine gave me back my life. It will not get rid of all of the OCD for you, but it will make it 90 percent manageable. The Dr who gave it to me was old school. None of the SSRIs worked for me. They were like sugar tablets. This one does. Highly recommend you speak to your physician about it as an option.

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December 16, 2012 6:28 AM

Review by Aud1 (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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8.0

For Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: I have/had severe OCD. I have been on citalopram, Zoloft and Prozac. I was started on 150mg Anafranil and within what seemed no time at all my OCD disappeared. Prozac did work for OCD but not on clinical depression. I am now on 200mg. I have had no weight gain (nor did I have on SSRIs). I get a dry mouth sometimes but counteract this with a anti dry mouth toothpaste.

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October 21, 2012 6:49 AM

Review by Anonymous:

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8.0

For Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: After three years on different anti psychotics, I started taking this finally to some releif. I have been taking it now for about six months. It is still working well for obsessing, but the side effects are starting to add up. I have steadily gained weight. Severe dry mouth at first, not so bad now though. Total anorgasmia fixed by Viagra, and uncontrolled twitching. It sounds bad when I write it down but compared to the antipsychotics it's much better. I still feel better than I have and so much happier.

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March 21, 2012 7:37 PM

Review by kmaverikaz:

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10

For Panic Disorder: Outstanding medication for obsessive compulsive stress disorder, Panic, Agoraphobia. I have been on this medicine for 15 years and it has eliminated my panic attacks, anxiety and am able to leave the house without fear. Side effects include rapid heart rate, dry mouth and sexual dysfunction and hypotension. I take Anafranil at night. There is absolutely no weight gain, in fact I lost 50lbs. I did switch to Zoloft with no success and am back on Anafranil. There were no withdrawal symptoms when tapered off. This is one of the best meds in the TCA class and works better than the new SSRIs for me.

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February 24, 2012 10:06 AM

Review by Anonymous:

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1.0

For Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: After trying a few different medicines (with no benefits) my doctor pulled out the big guns and gave me Clomipramine. I have severe OCD but the purely obsessional (intrusive thoughts). I used to be a checker and handwasher though. I took it for over 1 year, Unfortunately Clomipromine did nothing for me on 250 mg, which is pretty much the highest dose you can take. I did not have alot of side effects except dry mouth when I was on it. I quit taking it after I ran out on a holiday weekend and saw the withdrawal symptoms, severe nausea. And even when tapering slowly off it over the course of months I still had terrible withdrawals (vomiting and nausea).

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January 23, 2012 11:52 AM

Review by EliteGirl:

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6.0

For Panic Disorder: I had a bad weekend and couldn't control my emotions when on Librium alone. But with Geodon, a medication I've been experiencing serious side effects with, I am a lot calmer. So basically, it works but with something extra.

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January 19, 2012 12:29 PM

Review by Anonymous:

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8.0

For Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: My obsessive compulsive disorder has improved significantly. It has also helped with depression but I just up my doses from 150mg to 225mg to see if I can get more of an antidepressant effect. Almost no side effect. I take it in the morning and I do not feel sleepy. Anger and irritability has improved as well significantly. For those who share in the future let me know how much you take please. It helps.

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October 5, 2011 10:22 AM

Review by Anonymous:

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8.0

For Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: I've been using Anafranil for 6 years. It has helped me a lot. On occasion I still struggle with obsessive thoughts but have been able to bring it under control both times by myself. I rated this an 8 because of dry mouth and constipation problems. Eat your fiber big time. After several years, the dry mouth problem got better and only returns when I'm under stress. I sleep well on this drug and did not sleep as well on the SSRIs.

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June 17, 2011 5:05 PM

Review by headhunterz:

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9.0

For Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Works well for OCD, wonderful for body pain, and moderate for depression (it takes 6-8 weeks for me to see any effect) but the side effects are not pleasant - dry mouth, fatigue, drowsiness, difficulty concentrating and anorgasmia.

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November 17, 2010 5:49 PM

Review by mike3002000:

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10

For Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Anafranil made me feel alive again. I used to weigh 120kg before taking it. I lost 34kgs in 2 months.

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November 10, 2010 2:24 PM

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