Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Mental health

Zyprexa

(olanzapine)

Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Mental health
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5.09Zyprexa

Helps control your thoughts and mood.

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Our bottom line

Zyprexa (olanzapine) is good for treating psychosis, mania, and agitation, but it's more likely to cause weight gain and sleepiness than other antipsychotics.

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Upsides

  • Effective at relieving psychotic symptoms, manic episodes, and agitation in people with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
  • Less likely to cause heart problems than other antipsychotics.
  • Less likely to cause movement problems compared to older antipsychotics.
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Downsides

  • More likely to cause weight gain and increase cholesterol or blood sugar compared to other antipsychotics.
  • Might make you more sleepy than some antipsychotics.
  • Mild risk of Extrapyramidal Symptoms (EPS): Movement disorders that include stiffness, tremor, restlessness, and slow, repetitive movements you can't control.
  • You may need routine blood tests to check how the medicine is affecting your body..
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How it works

Zyprexa (olanzapine) is an atypical antipsychotic. Researchers don't know exactly how it works. It seems to change chemical activity (like dopamine and serotonin) in your brain, which affects thoughts and mood.

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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
  • Injection

What to expect when you take Zyprexa (olanzapine) for Schizophrenia

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Side effect rates for Zyprexa (olanzapine)

161 From clinical trials of Zyprexa / Adolescent bipolar I disorder (13 to 17 years old) (≥ 2.5 mg per day)
  • Drowsiness
  • Weight gain
  • Increased appetite
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Dry Mouth
  • Abdominal pain
  • Pain in extremity

Risks and Warnings for Zyprexa (olanzapine)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Elderly patients with dementia

    Older patients with dementia-related psychosis have a higher risk of death when treated with antipsychotic medications. Zyprexa (olanzapine) is not approved to treat dementia-related psychosis.

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Common concerns from people taking Zyprexa (olanzapine)

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Food
  • Portion control your food because your body will no longer tell you when to stop eating. Exercise a lot it might help with the weight gain. Get your doctor to monitor your weight gain. My side effects: Major Weight gain ( gained 30lbs in a month), Dizziness, Depth perception messed up, Visual disturbance (objects look different from the corner of your eye), No sensation telling you that you are full, Lots of energy and motivation, Very happy and positive.
Sleep
  • Can cause dizziness and drowsiness.
  • Might make you more sleepy than some antipsychotics.
  • I love sleep and I found out this med makes you sleep but then I got addicted to it the withdrawals are debilitating pysical and mental
Weight
  • Zyprexa (olanzapine) is more likely to raise your blood sugar and cholesterol compared to other antipsychotic medications. Zyprexa (olanzapine) can also cause you to gain weight. Exercise and eat healthy food to lower your risk.
  • May cause weight gain and increased cholesterol or blood sugar.
  • More likely to cause weight gain and increase cholesterol or blood sugar compared to other antipsychotics.
  • Massive weight gain, never felt such a compulsion to eat. However, it is great to take for a day or two on top of Quetiapine and Lamotrigine to control serious anxiety att I.
  • definitely weight gain
  • Weight gain 6 lbs in 1 week