Versacloz belongs to a group of medicines known as atypical antipsychotics (also called second-generation antipsychotics). It is thought to work by blocking the action of dopamine, a neurotransmitter chemical in the brain that is believed to be elevated in people with schizophrenia.
Like other atypical antipsychotics, Versacloz also blocks a type of serotonin receptor. Serotonin is another brain chemical, and blocking this receptor is thought to help control some of the symptoms of schizophrenia.
Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with Versacloz include the following:
- Versacloz comes in the form of a suspension (a liquid). It is usually taken by mouth once or twice a day.
- You can take your doses with or without food. Take this medicine with food if it seems to bother your stomach.
- Try to take your doses at the same time each day to keep an even level of Versacloz in your blood.
- You will need to shake the bottle for 10 seconds before measuring out your dose to ensure the medication is evenly mixed.
- Versacloz comes with a special syringe that you must use to measure your dose. Do not use household measuring spoons, teaspoons, or other measuring devices, as they may not be accurate.
- Your medication comes with specific instructions describing how to measure and take your doses. Make sure you read these instructions and understand them thoroughly before using this product.
- You will need blood tests before you start taking Versacloz, and then periodically during treatment, to make sure the medication is safe for you to take.
- For this drug to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Your symptoms may return if you stop using Versacloz or miss a dose. If you stop taking this medication for two or more days, you will need to be restarted at a lower amount. This can be increased slowly to your previous dosage.