Clozaril Warnings and Precautions
Understanding Clozaril warnings and precautions before taking the drug can help ensure a safe treatment process. Extreme caution should be used when treating elderly people with dementia, as Clozaril is not approved for this use and can increase their risk of death. Clozaril warnings and precautions also extend to those with diabetes, epilepsy, or heart problems, as well as those who are allergic to any components used to make the medication.
Clozaril: What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Clozaril® (clozapine) if you have:
- An irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia)
- Bone marrow problems or low blood cell counts
- Liver disease, including liver failure or cirrhosis
- An enlarged prostate
- An electrolyte imbalance
- Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia
- Low blood pressure (orthostatic hypotension)
- An upcoming surgery
- Heart disease, congestive heart failure (CHF), or other heart problems
- Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you:
- Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
- Are breastfeeding
- Drink alcohol.
You should also be sure to tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.