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What are the risks involved when taking clozapine?

There are several potentially serious risks associated with taking clozapine. It puts you at increased susceptibility to infection and reduces your immune system's ability to protect you, so be very careful in public and when around people who are sick. People taking clozapine are also at risk for severe blood problems that usually do not show symptoms. People with diabetes are at increased risk, as this drug can affect blood sugar levels. This drug also puts one at risk for a movement disorder called tardive dyskinesia. Older women are at highest risk for developing this condition. There also are many drugs that interact with clozapine, and many conditions that may be worsened by the drug. Clozapine is generally used when other antipsychotic medications have failed.

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