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Clozapine oral suspension is prescribed for the treatment of schizophrenia when other treatments have not worked adequately. This antipsychotic medication is also approved for use in people who have a history of suicidal behavior and are at risk for suicide again. It works by blocking the effects of dopamine and other brain chemicals, which are believed to be elevated in people with these conditions.


What Is Clozapine Oral Suspension?

Clozapine oral suspension (Versacloz™) is a prescription medication approved to treat people with schizophrenia that has not adequately responded to other treatments. It is also approved to reduce suicidal behavior in people with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder who are at risk for it. Clozapine oral suspension belongs to a group of medicines known as atypical antipsychotics.
(Click What Is Clozapine Oral Suspension Used For? for more information on this topic, including possible off-label uses.)

Are There Side Effects?

Just like any medicine, clozapine oral suspension can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the drug will experience problems. Most people tolerate it quite well.
If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious reactions are less common.
Some of the common side effects seen with clozapine oral suspension include but are not limited to:
  • Sedation
  • Increased salivation
  • A fast heart rate (tachycardia)
  • Dizziness.
(Click Clozapine Oral Suspension Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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