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A 43-year-old member asked:

how do i find what's the difference between quetiapine and olanzapine?

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Dr. Ian Cook
Dr. Ian Cook answered
Psychiatry 34 years experience
Chk prescribing info: Accurate but dense information on drugs can be downloaded from the manufacturer: search for "Package Insert" or "Prescribing Information" and the drug name. These documents are US FDA reviewed summaries of all the features of the product; you can then do a side-by-side comparison of the efficacy/benefits and the side effect profiles. Your prescribing physician can help interpret the information.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

Please tell me what's the difference between quetiapine and olanzapine?

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Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
Antipsychotics: They are both "2nd generation" or "atypical" antipsychotics, approved for schizophrenia, mania and bipolar depression. Differences - olanzapine has a greater risk of side effects (weight gain, cholesterol, glucose, diabetes), although quetiapine has all these SE as well. Some think olanzapine is more effective (not proven). Quetiapine is much more widely used now for complicated reasons.

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