A 39-year-old female asked:
Can clozaril (clozapine) be used to treat severe insmnia?
3 doctor answers • 8 doctors weighed in
Psychiatry 28 years experience
Overdo: In theory; but it s not indicated (off label) and hard to justify the risks involved (agranulocytosis, seizures, death) not to mention the monitoring required. It should not be an alternative.
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Psychiatry 55 years experience
Thanks for asking!: Clozaril (clozapine) has many severe side effects.
There are sleep medications with mild side effects.
Consult your psychiatrist.
4.9k viewsReviewed Jan 09, 2021
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Insomnia: That would be like using a cannon instead of a fly swatter to kill a fly. Clozapine (brand names: Versacloz, FazaClo, Clozaril) is an antipsychotic medication used as a treatment for refractory Schizophrenia & for Schizophrenia or Schizoaffective Disorder associated with recurrent suicidal behavior. It has been used off-label for refractory bipolar disorder, intermittent explosive disorder & PTSD
12 viewsAnswered Jan 09, 2021
Last updated Jan 9, 2021
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