Listed below are some drug names that can look and/or sound alike. Some are dangerously close, whereas others require incomplete prescribing information, poor communication skills, poor listening, and/or a lack of knowledge about the drugs for an error to result.

Some young people have thoughts about suicide when first taking an antidepressant. Stay alert to changes in your mood or symptoms. Report any new or worsening symptoms to your doctor.

The initial dose of clomipramine is 25 mg/day divided into three doses and taken with meals. The dose is increased by 25 mg/day every 3-4 days, reaching 150 mg/day by the end of two weeks. It takes 2-3 weeks to achieve the full therapeutic effect of clomipramine, so most doctors wait for another week or two before increasing the dose any further. If necessary, it can gradually be increased to 200 mg/day. Hospitalized patients may be increased to 300 mg/day.

The serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SSNR) venlafaxine (Effexor) has also been shown to help control panic attacks, as has the mild tranquilizer buspirone (BuSpar) .


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