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Is clozapine (clozaril) good for bipolar?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
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In brief: Clozaril (clozapine)

Is an atypical antipsychotic approved for use in treatment-resistant schizophrenia & is also used off-label to treat bipolar disorders.
It is very effective as long as close monitoring of white blood cell count is done routinely. Some reported side-effects are seizures, myocarditis, agranulocytosis, diabetes, weight gain. It is not indicated if seizures, liver disease or low blood count.

In brief: Clozaril (clozapine)

Is an atypical antipsychotic approved for use in treatment-resistant schizophrenia & is also used off-label to treat bipolar disorders.
It is very effective as long as close monitoring of white blood cell count is done routinely. Some reported side-effects are seizures, myocarditis, agranulocytosis, diabetes, weight gain. It is not indicated if seizures, liver disease or low blood count.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Marc Zimmermann
Psychiatry

In brief: Sometimes.

Clozapine works well for some, but not so well for others.
It is a medication to be considered, but you should talk to your doctor about the various possibilites and why he/she might suggest one over the other.

In brief: Sometimes.

Clozapine works well for some, but not so well for others.
It is a medication to be considered, but you should talk to your doctor about the various possibilites and why he/she might suggest one over the other.
Dr. Marc Zimmermann
Dr. Marc Zimmermann
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