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What are the side effects of clozapine?

I am Kulbir, my daughter aged 26 is under treatment for schizophrenia for last 11 years.The only drug which suits her is clozapine.This drug makes monthly periods stop and unequal distribution of mass on the body especially protruding stomach.Request intimate if gynecologist or endocrinologist can help cure these side effects.
Mon, 9 Nov 2020
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Hi,

Clozapine is used to treat severely ill patients with schizophrenia who have used other medications that didn't work well. It is also used to lower risk of suicidal behavior in patients with schizophrenia or schizo-affective disorder. Side effects of Clozapine are nausea, vomiting, blurred vision, confusion, dizziness, fainting, headache, fever, sleepiness, constipation, unusual tiredness, irregular heartbeat or pulse, usual weight gain, menstrual abnormalities etc.

Obesity may cause menstrual abnormalities. Weight reduction may help to regularize menstrual cycles. Taking regular healthy balanced diet and exercising daily may prevent weight gain. This medication shouldn't be stopped abruptly. Before stopping or in case of any side effects, consult with the prescribing doctor.

Take care. Hope I have answered your question. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. Zubayer Alam, General & Family Physician
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What are the side effects of clozapine?

Hi, Clozapine is used to treat severely ill patients with schizophrenia who have used other medications that didn t work well. It is also used to lower risk of suicidal behavior in patients with schizophrenia or schizo-affective disorder. Side effects of Clozapine are nausea, vomiting, blurred vision, confusion, dizziness, fainting, headache, fever, sleepiness, constipation, unusual tiredness, irregular heartbeat or pulse, usual weight gain, menstrual abnormalities etc. Obesity may cause menstrual abnormalities. Weight reduction may help to regularize menstrual cycles. Taking regular healthy balanced diet and exercising daily may prevent weight gain. This medication shouldn t be stopped abruptly. Before stopping or in case of any side effects, consult with the prescribing doctor. Take care. Hope I have answered your question. Let me know if I can assist you further. Regards, Dr. Zubayer Alam, General & Family Physician