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What Is Clozapine Oral Suspension Used For?

How Does This Medicine Work?

As mentioned, clozapine oral suspension belongs to a group of medicines known as atypical antipsychotics (also called second-generation antipsychotics). It is thought to work by blocking the action of dopamine, a neurotransmitter chemical in the brain that is believed to be elevated in people with schizophrenia.
 
Like other atypical antipsychotics, clozapine oral suspension also blocks a type of serotonin receptor. Serotonin is another brain chemical, and blocking this receptor is thought to help control some of the symptoms of schizophrenia.
 

Can Children Use It?

Clozapine oral suspension is not approved for use in children (usually defined as individuals younger than age 18), as it has not been adequately studied in this age group. Talk with your child's healthcare provider about the particular benefits and risks of using this medicine in children.
 

Is It Safe for Older Adults to Use Clozapine Oral Suspension?

Older adults may be more sensitive to certain clozapine oral suspension side effects, including movement disorders, constipation, and urinary retention (difficulty urinating). In general, older adults should be treated cautiously, as they may need to be closely monitored or need lower-than-usual clozapine oral suspension doses.
 

What About Off-Label Uses?

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend this medicine for something other than the conditions discussed in this article. Using clozapine oral suspension to treat hallucinations in people with Parkinson's disease is an example of a possible off-label use.
 
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