I didn’t want to hijack the other thread, so I’m starting a new one.
They started my son last Saturday (today’s Friday, so 6 days) on Clozapine.
His Invega Sustena shot should still be active, not that it’s doing all that much for him.
They’re also giving him Neurontin, Trileptal & Trazodone.
They started low & went up 25 mg/day of Clozapine as recommended.
He’ll come home today on 150 mg, split between morning & night.
I’ve been told he’ll hold steady on that until his outpatient doctor looks at his blood work on Monday & makes a decision about how to titrate up (I read that 300 mg is the lowest therapeutic does, although I see here that some people do OK a little lower than that, but not as low as 150 mg).
I’m a little nervous because I don’t completely trust the outpatient doctor to take him up as quickly as he needs to go up on anything. But, I am happy to have him off the shot because they can make more frequent adjustments - if they’ll do it.
Can anyone share how their experiences with titrating up to the maintenance dose?
He is calmer, I see no evidence of voices or hallucinations, he says he’s sleeping - he’s definitely eating again.
He’s still delusional, but not as delusional as he went in, so that’s back to what has been his baseline for the last year - although I’m still not accepting it as his permanent baseline.
But, I’m also worried because he is craving a cigarette so he’ll be smoking all weekend, and I know that will make him metabolize the Clozapine faster. I’d have been happier if they told me to keep upping it by 25 mg/day through the weekend, but I also know how careful they have to be with this med.