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A 43-year-old member asked:

Can you advise me on going cold turkey off clozapine?

2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jamil Hussain
General Practice 61 years experience
Stopping Clonazepam: Depends upon the dose used. However, it is recommended that the medicine be weaned off as abrupt stoppage can lead to a seizure spell. Check with your physician.
Dr. Susan Arnoult
Family Medicine 26 years experience
It is dangerous to go off cold turkey. Do not do this! Call your doctor
Jul 28, 2014
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Here's doctor #3 - also advising you not to go off cold turkey. Do it under medical supervision.
Jul 28, 2014
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Don't do it.: Clozapine is an antipsychotic medication used for Schizophrenia & Schizoaffective Disorder. When significant blood dyscrasias develop Clozapine may need to be rapidly stopped which can lead to withdrawal symptoms such as headache, agitation, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, orthostatic hypotension, return of mania or rebound psychosis, serotonin syndrome & catatonia.

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A 46-year-old member asked:

I am going cold turkey off clozapine, suggestions?

1 doctor answer6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Yes: Don't do it. Please work with your prescribing provider to safely come off this medication.
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin commented
Pain Management 37 years experience
Very good advice.
Feb 28, 2014
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Good grief. Glad you answered this one as you did!
Mar 1, 2014
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 40 years experience
NEVER start, stop, change dose or frequency without your prescribing doctor's advice!
Mar 1, 2014

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