Anafranil vs. Luvox

Are Anafranil and Luvox the Same Thing?

Anafranil (clomipramine hydrochloride) and Luvox (fluvoxamine) are antidepressants used to treat symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

Luvox is also used to treat social anxiety disorder (social phobia).

Anafranil and Luvox are different types of antidepressants. Anafranil is a tricyclic and Luvox is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI).

What Are Possible Side Effects of Anafranil?

Common side effects of Anafranil include:

Tell your doctor if you have unlikely but serious side effects of Anafranil including:

What Are Possible Side Effects of Luvox?

Common side effects of Luvox include:

What Is Anafranil?

Anafranil (clomipramine hydrochloride) is a tricyclic antidepressant used to treat symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) such as recurrent thoughts or feelings and repetitive actions.

What Is Luvox?

Luvox (fluvoxamine) is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant used to treat social anxiety disorder (social phobia) or obsessive-compulsive disorders.

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What Drugs Interact With Anafranil?

Anafranil may interact with SSRI antidepressants, cimetidine, guanethidine, methylphenidate, phenytoin, warfarin, heart or blood pressure medications, heart rhythm medications, or anti-psychotic medications. Many other drugs can interact with Anafranil.

What Drugs Interact With Luvox?

Luvox may interact with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), other drugs that make you sleepy or slow your breathing (sleeping pills, narcotic pain medicines, muscle relaxers, or medicines for anxiety, depression, or seizures), clopidogrel, diuretics (water pills), lithium, methadone, omeprazole, St. John's wort, tacrine, tramadol, L-tryptophan, theophylline, warfarin, antidepressants, heart or blood pressure medication, migraine headache medications, medicines to treat psychiatric disorders, sedatives, or seizure medications. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use.

How Should Anafranil Be Taken?

The adult starting dose of Anafranil is 25 mg daily and gradually increased, as tolerated, to approximately 100 mg during the first 2 weeks. Maximum dose is 250 mg daily. Consult your doctor for pediatric or adolescent dosing.

How Should Luvox Be Taken?

The recommended starting dose for Luvox tablets in adult patients is 50 mg, administered as a single daily dose at bedtime. The recommended starting dose for Luvox tablets in pediatric populations (ages 8-17 years) is 25 mg, administered as a single daily dose at bedtime.

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References

FDA. Anafranil Prescribing Information
https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2012/019906s037lbl.pdf
FDA. Luvox Product Information
https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2007/021519lbl.pdf

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