This article was published on July 28, 2022.
Clozapine is a very important medication for the treatment of schizophrenia because:
– It is the only antipsychotic that may work when other antipsychotics have not.
– It has an anti-suicide effect in persons with schizophrenia who have significant suicidal ideation or behavior.
It is not easy to find a clinician who prescribes clozapine
This is because to prescribe clozapine:
– The clinician must be registered with the clozapine Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) program (website).
– The clinician must have knowledge of special issues related to prescribing clozapine, monitoring requirements, and management of its potential side effects.
In my experience, it can be very frustrating for both families and clinicians when a patient clearly needs to be on clozapine, but none of the local clinicians prescribes it.
A resource that can help in finding a clozapine prescriber
The CureSZ Foundation (website) is a non-profit organization co-founded by Henry Nasrallah, MD, a leading schizophrenia expert (who is also on the Editorial Board for this website), and Bethany Yeiser, a person with schizophrenia who derived tremendous benefit from treatment with clozapine.
The CureSZ Foundation maintains a list with the names and addresses of clinicians who have expertise in prescribing clozapine. We can find that list at THIS LINK.
While most of the clinicians in that list are in the United States (organized by state), it does include clinicians in other countries as well.
Mental health clinicians who have a patient with schizophrenia who may benefit from clozapine but don’t prescribe it themselves should consider using the CureSZ Foundation database to find a clozapine prescriber.
And, clinicians who do prescribe clozapine but have not yet added their names to the CureSZ Foundation list are urged to register themselves at THIS LINK.
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