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Schizophrenia and Metabolic Syndrome: Advocacy and Collaborative Practice

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Clients with schizophrenia are administered the antipsychotic medicine clozapine with their conditions reviewed monthly. Clozapine has been found to be an effective second-generation antipsychotic in persons with schizophrenia who are resistant to treatment with other antipsychotic medicines.

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Over the past three years I have worked with a mental health psychiatry team, participating once per week in caring for clients living with schizophrenia. Because they are administered the antipsychotic medicine clozapine, the clients' conditions are reviewed monthly. Clozapine has been found to be an effective second-generation antipsychotic in persons with schizophrenia who are resistant to treatment with other antipsychotic medicines. Clozapine’s unique side effect profile includes a number of serious adverse effects such as blood dyscrasias, myocarditis and cardiomyopathy, requiring regular haematological monitoring.

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Michelle Woods
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Michelle Woods completed her Doctorate of Nursing and Master of Science Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) at the University of Colorado with an emphasis in adult primary healthcare. Her expertise as a nurse practitioner started in the United States, working in primary care and endocrinology practices. She has been certified both in the USA and Australia as a diabetes educator. Her current practice is with the Royal Hobart Hospital Diabetes Centre. She has a clinical management focus in complex care.
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Anne-Marie
23 Aug 2022
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great information for future reference
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Fiona Sproul
03 Mar 2021
Very good to be aware of and how it effects those with mental health.
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Colin Gardiner
28 Feb 2022
Helpful article
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Leanne Marshall
12 Aug 2020
Very helpful.
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Lauren
15 Mar 2021
Interesting read.
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Diane Allenet-Yeung
16 Sep 2020
Good
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Amanda Pryor
26 Apr 2022
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helpful
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Melanie Roy
05 Jun 2019
It was informative in showing what certain clinics are doing to monitor clozapine and also have a focus on metabolic disturbances due to the drug. It's a good idea to combine the clinics due to poor engagement with this cohort.
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