What is Zyprexa (Olanzapine) used for?
Zyprexa (Olanzapine) is used in the treatment of various mental conditions such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. This drug may sometimes be prescribed for use together with other medication for treating depression, and for the prevention of nausea and vomiting caused by cancer treatment. It works by restoring the equilibrium of certain natural substances in the brain, known as neurotransmitters.
This drug may help to reduce the occurrence of hallucinations while also helping the patient to feel less nervous. Studies have suggested that this drug may be of use in treating other conditions, such as Tourrete's syndrome, anorexia, panic disorder and anxiety, however these studies have yet to establish whether or not it is effective in treating these symptoms.
How should I use Zyprexa (Olanzapine)?
Zyprexa (Olanzapine) comes in the form of tablets, which are taken orally. Adult patients are sometimes directed to take this drug once per day, with or without food. However the exact dosage may vary, depending on the condition being treated. Therefore, patients should always consult their physician before taking this medication, and follow the instructions of their physician at all times.
What are the side effects of Zyprexa (Olanzapine)?
Some side effects may occur as a result of taking Zyprexa (Olanzapine) such as:
Patients should consult their physician immediately if any of the above mentioned side effects persist or worsen, or if they notice other more serious side effects such as pink urine, menstrual pain, swollen limbs, trouble speaking, a rapid heartbeat, yellowing of the eyes or skin or difficulty walking.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Zyprexa (Olanzapine). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
This drug has been known to cause or worsen diabetes. It may also cause weight gain or high cholesterol. Patients are advised to discuss all the possible risks of taking this drug with their physician before commencing treatment.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have any allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.