i am diagnosed with GAD, panic disorder and OCD. i started on a low dose of clomipramine in mid november at 25 mg. currently i am taking 150 mg (for one week so far). my panic attacks are gone, my ocd is mild, but i still struggle with anxiety upon waking and lasting nearly all day. is that typical?
How long does it take for clomipramine to work for anxiety?
Question posted by lkl00123 on 23 Jan 2021
Last updated on 4 February 2021
Clomipramine takes time to become fully effective but it sounds like you're making good progress!
"When will clomipramine start working?
When used to treat OCD, clomipramine may need to be taken for 6 to 12 weeks before you notice an improvement in your
symptoms. It may take 4 to 6 months to see the full effect of this medication. Since this medication takes time to work,
do not increase, decrease or stop it without discussing it with your doctor first.
If you are not feeling better within 4 to 6 months, your doctor may recommend you take a different medication. There is a
small chance that depression or anxiety symptoms may worsen or that you may experience increased thoughts of self
harm during the first months of taking this medication. If this happens, tell your doctor
You should also avoid any type of grapefruit and grapefruit products.
Best regards and hang in there.
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