Zaponex generic name clozapine is also sold under the brand names of FazaClo, Clopine, Clozapine Synthon and Denzapine. This drug belongs to the family of antipsychotic medication which functions by altering the actions of chemicals in the brain.
The drug is used to treat severe schizophrenia and also to reduce the risk of suicide with schizophrenics and those with other similar disorders. It is considered a last choice medication and is used when others have failed and may be used for other purposes.
Clozaril and alcohol should not be used together not even moderate drinking as it may greatly influence side effects and behavior of the drug.
At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. Anything more than that is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.
If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.
If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.
Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.
Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.
When alcohol interacts with prescription over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.
It should not be used for psychotic conditions related to dementia.
Before starting advise your physician of any allergies, if you have untreated or uncontrolled epilepsy, a bone marrow disorder, paralytic ileus, intestinal blockage, clozapine infection or immune suppression medication, heart disease, heart rhythm disorder, high blood pressure, history of heart attack or stroke, epilepsy, seizure, lung disease, liver disease, kidney disease, diabetes, bone marrow disorder, blood cell disorder, enlarged prostate, urinary problems, glaucoma or a history of smoking.
Less serious side effects are constipation, dry mouth, blurred vision, drooling, increased sweating, drowsiness, dizziness, spinning sensation or sleep problems. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms, mouth and throat ulcers, cough, sore throat, rapid heart rate, rapid shallow breathing, seizure, skin rash, bruising, severe tingling, numbness, pain, muscle weakness, fast heartbeat, chest pain, unusual tiredness, trouble breathing, short of breath, swelling of hands or feet, passing out, slow heart rate, weak pulse, fainting, slow breathing, high blood sugar, stiff muscles, high fever, sweating, confusion, rapid heartbeat, tremors, twitching of eyes, lips, tongue, face, arms or legs, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite or jaundice. If these occur get emergency medical help.
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