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A 37-year-old female asked:

Psychiatrist put me on olanzapine 5mg tablets.side effects mention "sudden unexplained death". doc says still to take. on sertraline 200mg.any advice?

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Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
Internal Medicine 32 years experience
Depends on response: Many patients do take olanzepine for mental illness . Patients on olanzepine need to be monitored for metabolic syndrome as well for abnormal movements. Report any adverse effect immediately to your. Doctor.
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Dr. Donald Jacobson
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42 years experience
Follow doc's advice: Sudden unexplained deaths are also reported on people who are on no medications. The class of " antipsychotics" always carries this warning. It has been hypothesized that rare case of spasm of the larynx are the cause of such deaths. In that is true, then it should be quite uncommon with zyprexa compared to some of the older drugs like haldol, (haloperidol) yet even there it is extremely rare. Do make sure you carefully review the more common potential side effects of zyprexa with your physician. I think that would be where you should more profitably direct your attention.
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Last updated Dec 26, 2022


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