Zyprexa, also called olanzapine, is one of a group of medications called atypical antipsychotics. Zyprexa is used to control the symptoms of schizophrenia in adults and teens over the age of thirteen. This medication helps control the delusional thinking, apathy, and strong or inappropriate emotions that can accompany schizophrenia. This drug is also used to treat bipolar adults and teens over thirteen; this medication can help control both the mania and depression experienced by people with bipolar. This medication will help control the behavior that accompanies schizophrenia or bipolar, but it will not cure these conditions.
Zyprexa is usually taken once per day and comes in a tablet or a quick-dissolve tab. Take this prescription only as directed. You may begin taking one dose, and your doctor may increase your dosage to find the correct amount for you. You may need to take this medication for a few weeks before you feel the full benefits of this medication.
Zyprexa is not recommended for use by older adults with dementia. For best results, teens taking Zyprexa should use this medication as part of an overall treatment plan that includes therapy. Teens are more likely to experience side effects from this medication than adults. If you have or have ever had heart disease, heart failure, irregular heartbeat, high or low blood pressure, stroke, or seizures you should talk to your doctor before you take Zyprexa. Tell your doctor if you or anyone in your family currently has or has ever had diabetes.
If you have or have had any problems with addictive drugs, including street drugs and medication, you should talk with your doctor before you take Zyprexa. You should also mention any serious reactions you have had to other similar medications. If you are taking other prescription drugs or supplements, you should check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking Zyprexa. Zyprexa may interact with other medications or supplements, including antihistamines, antidepressants, antacids, antifungals, sleeping pills, antipsychotics, high blood pressure medications, and more.
If you experience serious or severe side effects from Zyprexa, you should call your doctor immediately. Serious side effects may include:
Less serious side effects may include:
Page content reviewed by James Pendleton, ND
Last Update: 12-22-2014
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