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Posted by: | 23/11/2018

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Clozapine

I was on clozapine for about a year for treatment resistant depression and after trying every drug available. It actually helped quite a lot. I became fat and started drinking about a litre or more of coke every day as well as loads of milk. One day I just collapsed and awoke about 4 days later in ICU. My blood sugar was 68 when I went in. I was diagnosed with diabetes type 1. My psychiatrist took me off clozapine. My blood sugar has been good at round 5 or sometimes round 4 (finger prick test) for the last 9 weeks. Do you think it would be wise to go back on clozapine.

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Posted 26/11/2018

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Sensible question, but one that only your own doctor can answer for you, as it depends on so many factors.   There does seem to be an increased risk of diabetes with several antipsychotic meds like Clozapine ; but then there's some risk of this anyway, especially in someone on the diet you describe.  It was at that stage that you needed specialized help to give up that most unwholesome diet, and switch to healthier ways.
Discuss the situation with your psychiatrist.  Some believe that it could be safe to re-start clozapine ; others would suggest trying different meds.
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