Who should not take clomipramine?

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If you have had a heart attack recently, be sure your doctor knows. He or she may not want you to take clomipramine. There are other circumstances that may persuade your doctor to try a therapy other than clomipramine. Tell your doctor if:

  • you have undergone electroshock therapy for the treatment of mental illness
  • you are a heavy drinker or at any time in your life consumed large amounts of alcohol
  • you have or have had any other major medical conditions, such as heart disease, liver disease or high blood pressure
  • you have used an MAO inhibitor such as isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam) or tranylcypromine (Parnate) within the past 14 days. Serious, life-threatening side effects can occur if you take clomipramine before the MAO inhibitor has been cleared from your body

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