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In addition to taking clozapine as instructed by the doctor, taking care of their general health will contribute to a patient’s feelings of well-being. Eating well, enjoying social interactions and getting enough sleep will all contribute to this sense of well-being.
Patients may also want to set themselves goals each day or week of things they would like to achieve. Seeing the difference that clozapine treatment makes in helping them achieve these goals will encourage them to keep up with the treatment.
The Living with Schizophrenia UK website has many other tips for keeping healthy.
Doctor and blood test appointments are very important with treatment. Patients can set a reminder on their phone or in a place where they will see it, for example wall calendar or post-it notes around their home. They can also tell their carers as an extra precaution against forgetting these appointments.
Q1Why are white blood cell numbers monitored?
Q2How often do patients need to have blood tests?
Q3How much blood is needed for testing?
Q4How else can regular blood testing help?
Q5What happens if the patient misses a blood test?
Q6When do I have to collect my (clozapine)?
Q7Will I be sedated?
Q8Will I become constipated with clozapine?
Q9How long will I be on clozapine?
Q10How long will it take before clozapine begins to work?
Q11What happens if a patient does not respond well to clozapine?
- Clozaril® Summary of Product Characteristics (2017). European Medicines Agency. Available at: https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/product/4411. (Last accessed: March 2021).
- NICE. Psychosis and schizophrenia in adults: prevention and management. Clinical guideline CG178. February 2014; last updated March 2014. Available at: https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/cg178/chapter/1-Recommendations#subsequent-acute-episodes-of-psychosis-orschizophrenia-and-referral-in-crisis-2 (Last accessed: March 2021).
A number of support services are available for people with schizophrenia, including a number of charities that can provide further information, help and advice. They include:
Support in Mind Scotland (NSF Scotland)
Established to improve the quality of life for people affected by mental illness SANE aims to raise awareness and respect, to undertake research and to provide help and information to those suffering from mental health problems, their families and carers.
020 3805 1790
Mind provides literature and phone-line support for people in mental distress and their families. Advice, campaigns, local services, legal advice. 180 local Mind associations in England and Wales.
0300 123 3393
Royal College of Phychiatrists (RC PSYCH)
This is an organisation for Psychiatrists, however it also has a wide range of mental health information leaflets. These are free to access and are in sometimes provided in foreign languages.
t: 020 7235 2351