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How does clozapine work?

Clozapine is an atypical antipsychotic that works by reducing or blocking dopamine, a chemical that regulates mood and behavior, in the brain. It is believed that schizophrenic people have more than a normal amount of dopamine. Clozapine controls the dopamine levels and reduces the hallucinations, delusions, and agitation associated with schizophrenia. It also works to lessen suicidal tendencies.

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Who should take clozapine?
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Clozapine is administered to control and reduce the symptoms of people suffering from severe sch...
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Is there a generic version of clozapine?
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Clozapine (brand name Clozaril) became available for sale as a generic drug in April 2005. Manuf...
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What should I do if I overdose on clozapine?
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If you or someone you know may have taken too much clozapine, contact your local poison control ...
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What should I know about clozapine before taking it?
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