Zyprexa (Olanzapine) was approved in 1996 by the FDA and is used in treating schizophrenia symptoms. This mental illness, in both adults and teenagers at least 13 years of age, causes unusual or disturbed thinking, inappropriate or powerful emotions or loss of interest in one’s life in. Zyprexa may also be given to treat bipolar disorder (a disease that causes incidences of depression, mania, and other moods seen as abnormal). This medication is grouped in the medication class called atypical antipsychotics and works by altering the activity of particular natural substances found in the brain. If the use of Zyprexa is continued, some of the benefits include better concentration, feeling less nervous and a reduced number of hallucinations episodes.
Zyprexa may cause some certain side effects and a doctor must be notified if any of the following are severe or do not subside:
4. Behavior seen as unusual
6. Trouble falling asleep and/or staying asleep
7. Difficulty walking
9. Weight gain
11. Dry mouth
12. Pain in legs, arms, back or joints
13. Enlargement or discharge from the breast
14. Late or missed periods
15. Decreased sexual drive
Zyprexa is made in both a regular tablet form a disintegrating tablet taken orally. This medication is taken once every day either with or without food and is to be taken at the same time each day. Zyprexa must be taken just as prescribed; not more and no less and not more often than prescribed.
The condition being treated with Zyprexa will not be cured but symptoms may possibly be controlled. It may take weeks before the benefits of Zyrpexa experienced. This medication should be continued even if symptoms seem to lessen; it cannot be stopped without consulting a doctor. If it is advised that Zyprexa be discontinued by a doctor, it will usually be decreased gradually.
When Zyprexa is taken by elderly patients suffering from dementia, there may be a small increased risk of some serious, possible life-threatening side effects (such as heart failure and stroke). The risks and benefits of Zyprexa must be discussed with a doctor when treating behavior problems that are related to dementia.
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