Wikipedia defines Clozapine as this:
“Clozapine, sold under the brand name Clozaril among others, is an atypical antipsychotic medication. It is mainly used for schizophrenia that does not improve following the use of other antipsychotic medications. In those with schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder it may decrease the rate of suicidal behavior. It is more effective than typical antipsychotics, particularly in those who are treatment-resistant”
So basically Clozapine is an antipsychotic medication used to treat schizophrenia when all other medications have failed. I have been on Cloz for over a decade. I have a love/hate relationship with it. I’m on a medium dose but it still knocks me off my feet. I’ve been on a lot of medications and nothing comes close to the power of Clozapine. Some people take it in the morning but I couldn’t imagine doing this as it makes me a complete zombie. I take a tiny dose in the late afternoon, about 50mg to 100mg, before taking my full dose an hour before I intend on sleeping. It works wonders for my insomnia. I’ve been on a few sleeping aids – Tamazepam, Stilnox, Imovain and I still take melatonin but nothing guarantees sleep as well as Clozapine. I get my 12 hours sleep almost every night/day.
I have to have a blood test once a month, the day before seeing my shrink, as the medication can screw with my white blood cells. There has never been any issues with this ever as it is rare. Just a precaution. Very few pharmacies dispense it so I have to travel to collect it and only registered psychiatrists can prescribe it. I also have to have an echocardiogram once every six months. Oh, and let’s not forget the drooling during sleep!
Even with all of these inconveniences I need to continue taking it. The positives outweigh the negatives. It helps me control my delusions, voices and it takes the edge off my anxiety.