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Re: Hospital admission - Clozapine pretty_paints

Posted by ed_uk on July 15, 2005, at 14:41:46

In reply to Hospital admission - Clozapine, posted by pretty_paints on July 15, 2005, at 10:27:54

Hi Katie,

Sorry your feeling so bad :-(

>I keep taking all these stupid pills when I don't think I need them.

You do need them.........but Abilify isn't working very well at all, you need to try a different drug. Clozapine will probably be more effective for your schizophrenia than Abilify.

>THEN I had to get the bus (bad enough) but it didn't come for about 40 mins, so I was just stood there, crying my eyes out for ages, looking like a right wally (not that I cared).


>Secondly, what is Clozapine like? What side effects does it have? I know about weight gain. Is it worse than Olanzapine?? Will you just continue and continue to put on weight regardless?

Clozapine seems to cause a similar degree of weight gain to olanzapine. It's often more sedating than olanzapine, it also causes more dizziness. Clozapine is often quite constipating, you might need a laxative. Cardiac side effects are also a risk. Seizures may occur, especially at high doses.

You'll need to have frequent blood tests to monitor your white cell count, clozapine can occasionally decrease it. Clozapine often cause hypersalivation, you might wake up in the morning to discover a wet pillow! Even so, I think clozapine might really help you. If you don't want to try clozapine, you could always return to Seroquel.....or try amisulpride (Solian). Valproate (Epilim) or lamotrigine (Lamictal) might be useful additions.

Ed xxxx




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