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A product that may interact with this drug is: metoclopramide.
Other medications can affect the removal of clozapine from your body, which may affect how clozapine works. Examples include fluoxamine, rifamycins (such as rifabutin, rifampin), St. John's wort, drugs used to treat seizures (such as carbamazepine, phenytoin), among others.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking other products that cause drowsiness including alcohol, antihistamines (such as cetirizine, diphenhydramine), drugs for sleep or anxiety (such as alprazolam, diazepam, zolpidem), muscle relaxants, and narcotic pain relievers (such as codeine).
Check the labels on all your medicines (such as allergy or cough-and-cold products) because they may contain ingredients that cause drowsiness. Ask your pharmacist about using those products safely.
Cigarette smoking decreases blood levels of this medication. Tell your doctor if you smoke or if you have recently stopped smoking.
OVERDOSE: If overdose is suspected, contact a poison control center or emergency room immediately. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center.
NOTES: Do not share this medication with others.
Laboratory tests (e.g., blood tests) should be performed weekly for the first 6 months of treatment. During the next 6 months, they should be performed at least every 2 weeks. After that, they should be performed regularly no less often than once a month while you are on clozapine and for at least 4 weeks after you stop taking it. Your testing schedule may be changed if you develop a low white blood cell count, or if your treatment is interrupted. Your doctor may also order other laboratory and/or medical tests (e.g., liver function, blood sugar, weight, blood cholesterol/triglyceride levels) from time to time. Consult your doctor for more details.
MISSED DOSE: If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. If you miss doses for longer than a day or two, consult your doctor for a new schedule to get back to the dose you were taking. Do not double the dose to catch up.
STORAGE: Store at room temperature no higher than 86 degrees F (30 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Store the dissolving tablets at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C) in their blister packets, and do not remove each dose until immediately before taking. Brief storage between 59-86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) is permitted. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medicines away from children and pets.
Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company for more details about how to safely discard your product.
Information last revised November 2013. Copyright(c) 2013 First Databank, Inc.
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