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With Versacloz, dosage recommendations will depend on how you respond to the medication, other medical conditions you may have, and various other considerations. The initial amount for treating schizophrenia is usually 25 mg taken twice a day. If you tolerate the medicine well, your healthcare provider will slowly increase this, up to a maximum of 900 mg a day.
The dose of Versacloz™ (clozapine oral suspension) your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- How you respond to the medication
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you are taking.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
The recommended initial dose of Versacloz for the treatment of schizophrenia is usually 25 mg taken once or twice a day. This is just a starting dose. If you tolerate the medication, your healthcare provider will slowly increase this amount to the usual effective dose of 300 mg to 450 mg per day, usually within two weeks.
Doses are normally increased by 25 mg to 50 mg each day, or 100 mg once or twice a week. Versacloz must be started at a low amount and increased slowly to minimize the risk for dangerously low blood pressure, heart rate, and fainting.
Some people may need to be treated with higher amounts. The maximum recommended Versacloz dose is 900 mg a day, taken in two doses.
People taking certain other medications will need to be treated with lower Versacloz doses (see Versacloz Drug Interactions). People with kidney or liver disease may also need lower amounts.
Versacloz can cause dangerously low levels of white blood cells (agranulocytosis). In order to take the drug, you will need a blood test to check the number of white blood cells in your body prior to starting Versacloz, and periodically throughout treatment.
If you need to stop taking Versacloz, your healthcare provider will slowly decrease your dosage over a period of one to two weeks. You should not stop taking this medication suddenly unless your healthcare provider tells you to do so.
If you do need to abruptly stop treatment, which could happen if you are experiencing potentially dangerous Versacloz side effects, your healthcare provider will need to monitor you closely for potentially serious symptoms that can occur if this drug is stopped too quickly. Such symptoms may include: