chimpmaster Posted November 30, 2010 Share Posted November 30, 2010 Hi Guys, My psychiatrist in his ultimate wisdom has just switched me over from olanzapine to clozapine to treat my schizophrenia. He feels it is 75% more likely to work better for me and argues that I will probably need a relatively smaller dose than with the olanzapine. I am currently on 40mg zyprexa wafers daily (4 times per day, 10mg per time). The experience so far has sucked ass. Ive just had the initial blood test and ECG and have signed the waiver form. Tomorrow I start on the clozapine. The rules here in Australia at least are that I get a blood test once per week for 18 weeks, and then monthly. He also said that I have to see him on a more regular basis, probably weekly for a while and then fortnightly. My question is, to anyone out there who has tried both, is it really worth it? I was on 20mg a day zyprexa and getting break through psychotic symptoms and panic attacks. We increased to 40mg and these symptoms have gone. I dont mind blood tests, but the cost of the medical appointments and restrictions on the medication are going to be a real problem for me. I live 3 hrs drive from my p-doc, and the controls on clozapine here mean I can only get it from certain registered pharmacists (my closest is in the same hospital as my p-doc). Any help would be appreciated. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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