Is clozapine (clozaril) good for bipolar?

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.
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.

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Clozapine (clozaril) for good for bipolar?

Yes, however. Clozaril/clozapine is an effective antipsychotic medication with many cautions requiring regular blood tests. It can be effective for severe or difficult to treat bipolar disorder. Given the potential side effects and requirement of blood tests, many doctors try other, safer medications or combinations first. Read more...
Possibly. Clozapine is a medication used to treat treatment resistant psychotic symptoms. People who have bipolar disorder may also experience psychotic symptoms. If these psychotic symptoms are so refractory - meaning they don't respond to treatment with first line psychotropics then clozapine may be considered. First line medications for bipolar disorder include: mood stabilizers and antipsychotics. Read more...

I have bipolar and I'm under clozapine 300 mg a day. I would like to go back to the university to complete my education, am I able to do that?

The decision needs. To be made in conjunction with your psychiatrist and psychotherapist. If your condition is stable, stay on your meds at college, and have a therapist at college who you can speak with if things get rough, you should do fine, but all those working with you should be in communication and agree that you are ready for the pressures of college life. Good luck and let us know how it goes. Read more...
Depression. Bipolar can usually be successfully treated with both medication and psychotherapy. Make sure you arrange for both to be in place at your university so you will have ongoing support while you pursue your studies. My best. Read more...

Would clozaril be a good antipsychotic for paranoid schizophrenia I had in the past? Schiz in remission because of zyprexa (olanzapine) but don't like side effects

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. Read more...