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Clozaril (Generic name: Clozapine) is prescribed to people suffering from 'severe' schizophrenia, and who have undergone standard treatments already.   The most harmful side effect is agranulocytosis, wherein the white blood cells (count) dramatically reduce. The common symptoms are fever, lethargy, sore throat and lethargy. Agranulocytosis if not treated in time, can be fatal. This is why a blood test every week is essential.

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Some of the other common side effects are Abdominal discomfort, agitation, confusion, constipation, disturbed sleep, dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth, fainting, fever, heartburn, high blood pressure, inability to sit down, loss or slowness of muscle movement, rapid heartbeat and other heart conditions, restlessness, rigidity, salivation, sedation, sweating, tremors, vertigo, vision problems, vomiting and weight gain.

Schizophrenia is a chronic, severe, and disabling brain disease. The disorder often appears earlier in men, usually in the late teens or early twenties, than in women, who are generally affected in the twenties to early thirties. People with schizophrenia often suffer terrifying symptoms such as hearing internal voices not heard by others, or believing that other people are reading their minds, controlling their thoughts, or plotting to harm them.

In addition to the above side effects, Clozaril has also been linked to diabetes. A recent study found that 384 diabetes cases, 25 fatal, have been reported to the FDA by Clozaril users. In August 2003, researchers with the Department of Veterans Affairs, Boston University and the University of Illinois at Chicago released results from a study performed on three antipsychotic medications, including clozapine, which also linked the drug to an increased rate of diabetes.

Clozaril may cause agranulocytosis, a potentially lethal disorder of the white blood cells, which is why individuals prescribed this medication should have blood tests taken every week for the first 6 months.

In very rare instances, Clozaril may also cause a blood clot in the lungs. If you develop acute breathing problems or chest pain, call your physician immediately. There is also a possibility of developing tardive dyskinesia, a condition of involuntary, slow, rhythmical movements. It happens more often in older adults, particularly older women.