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Serious. These medicines may interact and cause very harmful effects. Contact your healthcare professional (e.g. doctor or pharmacist) for more information.
How the interaction occurs:
When these two medicines are taken together, your body may not process clozapine as quickly.
What might happen:
Your blood levels of clozapine may increase. You may experience a fast heartbeat, weakness, fatigue, dizziness, increased salivation, or decreased breathing.In addition, taking clozapine with paroxetine may cause or worsen constipation associated with clozapine. Rarely, serious complications may occur, including complete bowel blockage and death.
What you should do about this interaction:
Let your healthcare professionals (e.g. doctor or pharmacist) know that you are taking these medicines together. If you experience these problems, contact your doctor. The dose of your medicines may be need to be adjusted. Your doctor may want to monitor a test called an electrocardiogram (ECG) on you to see if your medicines are affecting your heart's rhythm. Let your doctor know right away if you notice an irregular heartbeat or have any dizziness, fainting episodes, or seizures.Contact your doctor if you experience increased constipation or have less than three bowel movements in a week, dry, hard stools or difficulty passing gas. Let your doctor know right away if you have nausea, vomiting, bloating, or belly pain. It may be necessary to discontinue or adjust the dose of one or both medicines.To prevent constipation, you should eat more fruits, vegetables, and grains that are high in fiber; drink plenty of water and other liquids; and get enough exercise.Your healthcare professionals may already be aware of this interaction and may be monitoring you for it. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.
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