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clozapine

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Antipsychotics clozaril Adult

clozapine - Dosage and How to Use

How should clozapine be used?

​Take this medicine exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow the instructions on the medicine label or as advised by the pharmacist.

Clozapine may be taken with or without food.

This medicine may not have an effect immediately. It may take up to a few weeks before this medicine can exert its full effects. Continue taking it regularly to benefit from it.

Do not stop taking this medicine even after you feel better. Your symptoms may return if this medicine is stopped too early. Check with your doctor on the duration of treatment that is suitable for you.

Do not stop taking this medicine abruptly or change the dose without consulting your doctor. You may experience unpleasant side effects if this medicine is stopped suddenly.

Avoid taking alcohol while taking this medicine.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

​Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the next one at your usual timing.

Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.

If you have missed your dose for 2 days or more, consult your doctor again on the dose that you should be started back on.

What should I do if I overdose?

​If you take more of this medicine than prescribed by your doctor, consult your doctor or health care professional immediately.

 

 

clozapine - Additional Information

​What are the things I need to know or look out for while taking this medicine?

  • Avoid driving or any other activities that requires concentration until you see how this drug affects you.
  • Be careful in hot weather or while being active. Drink lots of fluids to stop fluid loss.
  • You may become more sensitive to sunlight. Ensure that you have adequate sun protection and avoid excessive sun exposure.
  • Smoking may affect this medicine. Inform your doctor if you are smoking.
  • Inform your other healthcare professionals that you are taking this medicine as well.
  • Discuss with your doctor or pharmacist before you take any other medicines or natural products.
  • Do not share your medicines with others.
  • Consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions about your medicines.
  • Tags: Clozapine
  • Updated on Tuesday, November 13, 2018
  • Article contributed by Changi General Hospital Changi General Hospital

    The information provided is not intended as medical advice. Terms of use. Information provided by SingHealth

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