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Is clozapine (clozaril) benzodiazepine?

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Dr. Chris Esguerra
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Dibenzodiazepine: Clozaril/clozapine is not a benzodiazepine like lorazepam/ativan or alprazolam/xanax. Its chemical structure is a dibenzodiazepine and it is a 2nd generation antipsychotic.

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Is clozapine a benzodiazepine?

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Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 30 years experience
No: Clozapine is considered a 2nd generation antipsychotic medication, typically used in schizophrenia, that antagonizes quite a few neurotransmitter receptors, eg Dopamine d1 & d4 plus serotonin 5ht2 & cholinergic muscarinic ones, too. It's a very effective drug when used under close observation but can only be prescribed under restricted distribution due high risk for agranulocytosis, etc.

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