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Has anyone had any experience with Clomipramine (Anafranil)?

I have just been advised that the next medication my psychiatrist thinks i should try is Clomipramine which is a tricyclic antidepressant. I have had no positive effects from any other of my antidepressants over the past 4 years. She thinks i potentially have Obssesive Compulsive Disorder which had previously been put down as part of my mixed personality disorder. I have been on Mirtazapine before which is a tetracyclic anyidepressant and had a very bad experience. I was almost unwakeable from sleep and zoned out and couldn’t live properly. I am scared of a similar experience with Clomipramine so wanted to ask what other’s experiences are. #MentalHealth #MentalIllness #Anxiety #Depression #OCD #ObsessiveCompulsiveDisorder #ObsessiveCompulsivePersonalityDisorder #mixedpersonalitydisorder #PersonalityDisorders #PTSD #clomipramine #Mirtazapine #Antidepressants #tricyclicantidepressant #Anafranil


I have a new born and a 3yr old - how do you manage your mood/sleep, your medication and your young dependants?

I have suffered with Anxiety and Depression clinically for around 10 years.

3 years ago, my partner and I welcomed our first little girl into the world. While I was still in a rough place mentally, we managed through as we could sleep at alternate times, taking turns with the little one. Fast forward to now, we have welcomed our second little girl 5 weeks early.

In the last 6 months I have moved onto a new medication which is the first I feel has truly worked with managing my anxiety and the symptoms of depression. Clomipramine is an older medication but works well for sleep, a little too well as I find myself in a very deep sleep.

The issue I am having is managing the medication and being a parent at the same time - for the moment I have reduced my dose to lessen the sleepy side effect so as to be available for my wife and kids, especially with feeding through the night, but I am also acutely aware of looking after my mental health as well. Changing medication now would be a last resort as it has taken this long to find a tablet that has worked plus the time it would take to come off this tablet and the new one to take effect.

I am already feeling a slip in my mood, partly through the stresses of dealing with the situation at hand let alone a new born and if there are any tips at all, I would welcome them with open arms.


tips on managing a newborn, 3 year old and anti-anxiety medication which helps with sleep

#Anxiety #Depression #NewBorn #Sleep #Stress #clomipramine #baby #Family