Zyprexa Wafers (Olanzapine)
What is Zyprexa Wafers (Olanzapine) used for?
Zyprexa Wafers (Olanzapine) are used to treat bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. It may also be used in combination with other drugs to treat depression and to treat nausea and vomiting occurring as a result of cancer treatment. This drug works by restoring the natural balance in the brain of certain chemicals, known as neurotransmitters, which in turn may help to treat the symptoms of mental conditions.
Research has suggested that this drug may also be beneficial in treating eating disorders such as anorexia, Tourette's syndrome, and anxiety related mental disorders. However, it has not yet been conclusively proven whether or not this drug is fully effective in treating these conditions.
How should I use Zyprexa Wafers (Olanzapine)?
Zyprexa Wafers (Olanzapine) come in the form of soluble wafers, which are placed in the mouth and allowed to dissolve. Adult patients may be instructed to take this medication once daily, however patients should always consult their physician before taking this medication so that the correct dosage can be prescribed. You should never exceed the dosage recommended to you by your physician.
What are the side effects of Zyprexa Wafers (Olanzapine)?
Zyprexa Wafers (Olanzapine) may cause side effects, such as:
You should consult your physician immediately if any of these side effects persist or worsen, or if you notice strange colored urine, menstrual period pain, inflammation of the limbs, problems sleeping, a fast irregular 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 Wafers (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.
Patients should be aware that this drug may cause or worsen diabetes, and may also cause weight gain or increased cholesterol. You should consult your physician before taking this medication and discuss all the possible risks associated with this drug.
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.