Compare Elavil vs. Anafranil

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Elavil (amitriptyline)

Prescription only

Anafranil (clomipramine)

Prescription only
Improves mood.

Elavil (amitriptyline) regulates mood and treats nerve pain, but has more side effects than alternatives.

3.3/ 5 average rating with 134 reviewsforElavil
Helps control obsessive or compulsive behaviors.

Anafranil (clomipramine) effectively treats obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), but has potentially intolerable side effects.

Upsides
  • Elavil (amitriptyline) works well to treat nerve pain and is non-habit forming.
  • Anafranil (clomipramine) can help with falling sleep.
  • Anafranil (clomipramine) has a lower risk of causing heart problems compared to other medications like it.
  • Safe to use by children.
Downsides
  • Elavil (amitriptyline) has more bothersome side effects than other antidepressants.
  • Anafranil (clomipramine) is more likely to cause side effects than other medications for OCD.
  • Anafranil (clomipramine) can affect sexual performance for men.
  • It is not recommended for the elderly because it can cause fainting and falls.
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Reviews
134 reviews so far
53%
saidit'sworth it
36%
saiditworked well
25%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
The Elavil (amitriptyline) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
109possible side effects
  • Dry mouth
    84%
  • Sleepiness
    54%
  • Tremor
    54%
  • Dizziness
    54%
  • Headache
    52%
  • Constipation
    47%
  • Ejaculation failure
    42%
  • Fatigue
    39%
  • Nausea
    33%
  • Increased sweating
    28%
  • Insomnia
    25%
  • Upset stomach
    22%
  • Loss of appetite
    22%
  • Sex drive changes
    21%
  • Impotence
    20%
  • Nervousness
    18%
  • Weight increase
    18%
  • Abnormal vision
    18%
  • Sore throat
    14%
  • Urinary problems
    14%
  • Muscle contractions
    13%
  • Diarrhea
    13%
  • Joint pain
    13%
  • Abdominal pain
    13%
  • Runny nose
    12%
  • Menstrual cramps
    12%
  • Increased appetite
    11%
  • Burning/prickling skin sensation
    9%
  • Memory problems
    9%
  • Anxiety
    9%
  • Sleep disorder
    9%
  • Rash
    8%
  • Flushing
    8%
  • Changes in taste
    8%
  • Twitching
    7%
  • Vomiting
    7%
  • Memory impairment
    7%
  • Chest pain
    7%
  • Allergy
    7%
  • Weight decrease
    7%
  • Asthma attacks
    7%
  • Urinary retention
    7%
  • Itching of the skin
    6%
  • Gas
    6%
  • Changes in blood pressure
    6%
  • Stuffy nose
    6%
  • Coughing
    6%
  • Urinary tract infection
    6%
  • Ringing in the ears
    6%
  • Back pain
    6%
  • Impaired concentration
    5%
  • Depression
    5%
  • Tooth disorder
    5%
  • Hot flushes
    5%
  • Increased urination
    5%
  • Increased muscle tone
    4%
  • Fever
    4%
  • Palpitation
    4%
  • Fast heartbeat
    4%
  • Unusual milk production
    4%
  • Menstrual disorder
    4%
  • Pain
    4%
  • Ear infections
    4%
  • Changes in heartbeat
    4%
  • Psychosomatic disorder
    3%
  • Yawning
    3%
  • Confusion
    3%
  • Speech disorder
    3%
  • Abnormal dreaming
    3%
  • Agitation
    3%
  • Migraine
    3%
  • Excess tearing
    3%
  • Social detachment
    2%
  • Irritability
    2%
  • Mood swings
    2%
  • Skin irritation
    2%
  • Acne
    2%
  • Dry skin
    2%
  • Gastrointestinal disorder
    2%
  • Difficulty swallowing
    2%
  • Local swelling
    2%
  • Chills
    2%
  • Nose bleed
    2%
  • Painful urination
    2%
  • Bladder pain
    2%
  • Vaginal itching
    2%
  • Increased vaginal discharge
    2%
  • Breast enlargement
    2%
  • Pupil dilation
    2%
  • Thirst
    2%
  • Muscle twitching
    2%
  • Tingling or burning sensation
    2%
  • Hypertonia
    2%
  • Panic reaction
    2%
  • Aggressive reaction
    2%
  • Muscle weakness
    2%
  • Abnormal skin odor
    2%
  • Excessive burping
    2%
  • Sores around the mouth
    2%
  • Lack of energy
    2%
  • Bad breath
    2%
  • Fainting
    2%
  • Dyspnea
    2%
  • Laryngitis
    2%
  • Changes in pupils
    2%
  • Eyelid twitching
    2%
  • Eye allergies
    2%
  • Balance problems
    2%
  • Anemia
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Suicidal thoughts or behavior
    • Age 24 years or younger
  • Mania
    • History of bipolar disorder
    • At risk for bipolar disorder
  • Heart problems
    • History of cardiovascular disease
  • Dizziness and falls
    • Age 65 years or older
    • Taking medicines to control blood pressure
  • Dehydration
    • Age 65 years or older
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  • Suicidal thoughts or behavior
    • Age 24 years or younger
  • Serotonin syndrome
    • Antidepressants
    • Lithium
    • Triptans
    • St. John's wort
    • Fentanyl
    • Tramadol
    • MAO inhibitors
  • Seizures
    • History of seizure
    • Taking other medicines that increase seizure risk
    • Brain damage
    • Alcoholism
  • Withdrawal symptoms
    • Stopping Anafranil (clomipramine) suddenly
  • Low blood pressure
    • Age 65 years or older
  • Eye problems
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