Switch medication from Clozapine to Ziprasidone.
- Day 1: Decrease daily dose with 25 mg every 2 days
- Week 1: approx. 25% of target dose
- Week 2: approx. 50% of target dose
- Week 3: approx. 75% of target dose
- Week 4: target dose
- Clozapine is generally considered to be more effective than other antipsychotic drugs. Clozapine is often used in treatment-resistant schizophrenia (poor treatment response to 2 or more antipsychotic drugs). So a switch from clozapine to another antipsychotic drug could cause problems regarding effectiveness.
- During this switch you could monitor ECG, especially in patients prone to QT-conduction problems.
- There is a possibility of QT interval prolongation.
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