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Please describe the medication: olanzapine?

Please describe the medication: olanzapine?

Antipsychotic: So-called atypical antipsychotic, originally sold by lilly pharmaceuticals as zyprexa (olanzapine) but ow available as generic. Quite effective for psychosis, severe depression and mood swings- but at the price of altering appetite and possibly altering glycemic control in susceptible individuals. Comes ina variety of formulations including orally disintegrating tablets and injectables. ...Read more

Olanzapine (Definition)

Also called zyprexa, (olanzapine) is a second generation antipsychotic that works to alleviate symptoms of ...Read more


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Please describe the medication: zyprexa (olanzapine)?

Please describe the medication: zyprexa (olanzapine)?

Zyprexa (olanzapine): An atypical antipsychotic approved by fda for tx of schizophrenia & bipolar disorders. It is structurally similar to Clozapine but classified as thienobenzodiazepine. It is manufactured by eli lilly co. May cause involuntary movements, akathisia, fatigue, red eyes, dry mouth, anhedonia, dizziness, weight gain, seizures, metabolic changes such as diabetes. ...Read more

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I have bipolar disorder I take medications zyprexa, (olanzapine) lamictal and Depakote 500 e.R and I smoked hash weed with medications sometimes I need an advice?

I have bipolar disorder I take medications zyprexa, (olanzapine) lamictal and Depakote 500 e.R and I smoked hash weed with medications sometimes I need an advice?

Bipolar Treatment: The research clearly shows that people suffering from bipolar disorder have the best outcomes with a combination of medication and psychotherapy. Psychotherapy should occur for an hour at least 1 or 2 times a month and sometimes more often during the course of treatment. Such treatment by good doctors can result in excellent outcomes. Smoking weed or hash is not associated with good outcomes. ...Read more

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I take zyprexa (olanzapine) to slow racing, repetitive thoughts. Tried to stop the medication but suffered relapse each time. Similar drugs I might take?

I take zyprexa (olanzapine) to slow racing, repetitive thoughts. Tried to stop the medication but suffered relapse each time. Similar drugs I might take?

You haven't provided: Your diagnosis. If you could provide this information - more specific response could be provided. Please clarify and re-ask. ...Read more

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If I stop taking routine zyprexa (olanzapine) well I experience anxiety or insomnia? What could I expect if I stop medication. I do not think I will become schizop

If I stop taking routine zyprexa (olanzapine) well I experience anxiety or insomnia? What could I expect if I stop medication. I do not think I will become schizop

Symptoms: The symptoms for which it was prescribed may come back. It is always better to consult your prescribing dr before stopping any meds on your own. No, "de novo", schizophrenia proper can not be primarily caused by an antipsychotic; but again psychotic symptoms (or other) may re appear if they were present before starting this drug. ...Read more

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I’m taking Olanzapine and it has caused me to rapidly gain weight. Do any other antipsychotic medications have the same benefits without weight gain.

I’m taking Olanzapine and it has caused me to rapidly gain weight. Do any other antipsychotic medications have the same benefits without weight gain.

POSSIBLY: Unfortunately this is one of the common side effects of many of the anti psychotic medications. Some of the newer ones may have less weight gain but ultimately you will need a healthy life style with eating healthy and exercise daily. It is possible to not gain weight or to lose weight but you will really have to work on it. Newer ones like Fanapt and Vraylar for instance. ...Read more

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Hi I am on serequel just change from olanzapine but still gaining weight is there another medication that I could ask doctor about that would be bette?

Hi I am on serequel just change from olanzapine but still gaining weight is there another medication that I could ask doctor about that would be bette?

Both: Both have a side effect of increasing appetite. Don't eat 2 hours before bed time, don't get up in the middle of the night and snack, and watch your portions and you won't gain weight. Otherwise yes there are other medication options. Discuss it with your physician. ...Read more

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Doctors... Citalopram & olanzapine, please tell me about these two medications I have mental illness & would like to know about the side effects of each of these. Realizing there are sites like wikipedia (mostly half-true information) and webmd (too heav

Doctors... Citalopram & olanzapine, please tell me about these two medications I have mental illness & would like to know about the side effects of each of these. Realizing there are sites like wikipedia (mostly half-true information) and webmd (too heav

Dr: Dr christensen has already pointed you toward an excellent reference. Usually your pharmacist can also provide you with valuable written and verbal information. I suggest that also ask for direct input from the medical provider who prescribed the medications. Take care. ...Read more

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Would amitriptyline for pain be ok with my other medication? (tramacet, citalopram, Olanzapine)

Would amitriptyline for pain be ok with my other medication? (tramacet, citalopram, Olanzapine)

Careful: Probably better dicuss this with your pcp or specialist as careful monitoring for heart and dosing should be given
you are on several meds which may have an interaction so just be careful as I said ...Read more

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Doctor has changed medication from Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) and Olanzapine to Valdoxan. Just wondering what to expect please and why a change?

Doctor has changed medication from Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) and Olanzapine to Valdoxan. Just wondering what to expect please and why a change?

Good question: Your question is important. It needs to be addressed to the prescriber. That is not happening, and it suggests that there may be a problem in your relationship. It is the kind of information and the kind of communication that is of central importance with a prescriber. Perhaps something is wrong in that relationship. ...Read more

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Taking Zyprexa (olanzapine) (2.5mg) and Citalopram (20mg) have a bad headache. Is it ok to take paracetamol with these medications? Doctor said it was but worried

Taking Zyprexa (olanzapine) (2.5mg) and Citalopram (20mg) have a bad headache. Is it ok to take paracetamol with these medications? Doctor said it was but worried

If you aren't: Trusting of doctors input - see this: http://www. Drugs. Com/interactions-check. Php? Drug_list=679-0, 11-12, 1744-1113. Your doctor is correct. ...Read more

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Does the drug zyprexa (olanzapine) help you gain weight?

Does the drug zyprexa (olanzapine) help you gain weight?

Zyprexa (olanzapine): It is one of the psychotropic medications with significan weight gain as a side-effect. ...Read more

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Gained 5 kilos while on Zyprexa, (olanzapine) once stopping this drug will I lose the weight?

Gained 5 kilos while on Zyprexa, (olanzapine) once stopping this drug will I lose the weight?

Yes you should: Good to recognize weight gain from Zyprexa (olanzapine) at 5 kilos. Yes, when you stop taking Zyprexa (olanzapine) weight gain should slowly reverse. However, discuss with prescribing doctor alternative med that is less likely to cause weight gain. Best way to lose the weight is exercise daily and eat healthy. Cut out junk food, sugary drinks/sodas and you'll feel better. Good luck and take care. ...Read more

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I'm finding it almost impossible to lose weight, because I'm taking olanzapine. Why does the drug increase weight so badly?

I'm finding it almost impossible to lose weight, because I'm taking olanzapine. Why does the drug increase weight so badly?

Several reasons.: Sometimes it affects your energy level and you don't get as much exercise. Sometimes it increases appetite, too. It is crucial to count calories, so you don't exceed the calories you need daily, or you will gain weight. Cut your calories by 100 a day and you will lose 1 pound a week. Walk a mile and you will burn 100 calories. It's a numbers game. Know what you eat. Count condiments even. ...Read more

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Can the drug Olanzapine help off label for pain?

Can the drug Olanzapine help off label for pain?

So it is written: It is written that olanzapine off label can be used in the secondary role for treatment of neuropathic pain primarily treated with opioids. It has also been shown to be useful in cancer patients. I have not found it to be consistently efficacious in my use of the drug over the years. Write me at if you have more questions at www. Healthtap. Com/drsaghafi ...Read more

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Taking Zyprexa (olanzapine) to boost my Citalopram. Only been on 2.5mg for a month, now down to 1.25. how do I come off this drug (Zyprexa (olanzapine)) alltogether?

Low dose: Presumably you have found no benefit. 2.5 mg is a very low dose, perhaps too low to work. There are not withdrawal problems associated with this medicine. But it is curious that you are not asking your question of the prescribing doctor. You should be working with the prescribing doctor. ...Read more

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2nd time around on olanzapine. Become more sensitive to the sedative effects at same dose. Guessing it's an inevitable feature of the drug, but does sedation diminish with time? If so, how long?

Lower the dose.: If you have not taken Olanzapine for a while, you may feel like you are taking it for the first time. Some people take at least 2-3 weeks to get used to it. Let your doctor know and you may have to start at a lower dose. You may even respond at a that lower dose. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is the drug Olanzapine considered a steroid? Since taking the drug I have put on 3 stone without changing my regular diet.

Olanzapine: Olanzapine is a psychotropic drug that is used for many different purposes in psychiatry. That said, it is well established that this particular medication can cause significant weight gain. I'd suggest talking to your psychiatrist about your concerns and whether a different medicine might be a better alternative. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Do drugs like Zoloft (sertraline) and olanzapine work on the parasympathetic nervous system and that's what calms you down?

No.: The parasympathetic nervous system does not "calm you down." These drugs work at the cortical and subcortical levels. Any affective influences of the autonomic nervous system are secondary to the physiological effects. ...Read more

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Which drugs can be taken by pregnant women with schizophrenia, which last 4 years had 7.5 olanzapine in order to prevent damage of the fetus.?

Which drugs can be taken by pregnant women with schizophrenia, which last 4 years had 7.5 olanzapine in order to prevent damage of the fetus.?

Options: Most antipsychotics are rated pregnancy category c which means that risk cannot be excluded but may be outweighed by benefits

two into psychotic's pregnancy category b which means they have not shown birth defects in animal studies these are lurasidone and clozapine. ...Read more

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Is there an drug interaction with Haldol, (haloperidol) Olanzapine, Zyprexa and the antidepressant Wellbutrin?

Yes there are: Zyprexa (olanzapine) is the trade name for Olanzapine so you only have 3 unique drugs listed though some would argue that brand & generic named drugs are technically 2 distinct forms of chemical compounds. There are several SIGNIFICANT reactions (heart rhythm, sedation, neurological issues) that could occur with these drugs so you should talk things over with your doctor if there are concerns or side effects. ...Read more

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Which drug works best in most cases for bi polar? Olanzapine, isperidone, quetiapine, aripiprazole, lamectal?, and a new drug that begins with an "f"?

Which drug works best in most cases for bi polar? Olanzapine, isperidone, quetiapine, aripiprazole, lamectal?, and a new drug that begins with an "f"?

Bipolar: I think your "f" drug may be fanapt, or iloperidone. And maybe you meant "risperidone." all of these antipsychotics may be used in acute mania or psychotic depression, along with other mood stabilizers. But only asenapine, olanzapine, quetiapine, risperidone, ; ziprasidone have fda indication as monotherapy in acute mania or depression. Maintenance: Risperidone consta (and Olanzapine in ca). ...Read more

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Do the drugs olanzapine, Zoloft (sertraline) and elavil work on the parasympathetic nervous system to calm you down?

Do the drugs olanzapine, Zoloft (sertraline) and elavil work on the parasympathetic nervous system to calm you down?

Elavil (amitriptyline): Has mostly anticholinergic side effects (dry mouth, constipation, elevated heart rate) just the opposite of parasympathetic. The calming effect is due to a much more complex interaction of excitatory and inhibitory neurotransmitters further up stream (cortex and deep gray matter structures like the thalamus, the hypopithalamus, putamen, globus pallidus, nucleus accumbens, ventral tegmental area.) ...Read more

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My mom is 88 years old and suffered a stroke 15 years ago. Lately, she is hearing and seeing things. Her doctor has put her on olanzapine. Is it the right drug?

My mom is 88 years old and suffered a stroke 15 years ago. Lately, she is hearing and seeing things. Her doctor has put her on olanzapine. Is it the right drug?

Disagree: The elderly can experience loss of hearing and vision, and not unique to have hallucination-like events involving misperceptions due to the losses. Certainly, medication reactions are also common. Anti-psychotics, like olanzapine, increase risk of death and stroke in elderly, and would not be my first choice unless really need to suppress behavior. Get this re-evaluated. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take brain-enhancing multivitamin supplements w/ pharmacetuical drugs such as zyprexa (olanzapine)? Also do side effects from zyprexa (olanzapine) fade over time?

Is it safe to take brain-enhancing multivitamin supplements w/ pharmacetuical drugs such as zyprexa (olanzapine)? Also do side effects from zyprexa (olanzapine) fade over time?

Probably, sometimes: Research has shown high doses of vit c, e, b3 ; b6 prevent tardive dyskinesia, a serious possible side effect of zyprexa (olanzapine). I don't know what's in the supps you're considering but there are no interactions between zyprexa (olanzapine) ; nutrients to the best of my knowledge so it's likely safe. As for side effects, sometimes they fade over time but unfortunately not always. Reducing dose often helps-see comment:. ...Read more

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Is olanzapine okay for long term usage?

There are risks: The most common of which are weight gain and metabolic syndrome (diabetes with other metabolic changes).

Also these carry a black box warning of increasing all cause mortality (but this really applies to the elderly)

That being said it can be very effective in the right person and for the right condition.

If you are taking it for pain then the risk/benefit may not warrant using this medication ...Read more

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Is olanzapine used long term if helpful?

Chronic Zyprexa (olanzapine): Yes, for chronic psychotic states & mood disorders. ...Read more

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What is zyprexa (olanzapine) used for 10mg?

Several things: Approved uses our schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Off label uses are for the stabilization of certain types of personality disorders, intermittent explosive disorder, and sometimes as an appetite stimulant in severe forms of anorexia nervosa. It can occasionally be prescribed for autistic spectrum disorders and an augmentation strategy for intractable depressive disorders when all else has failed. Hope this helps. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How much is an zyprexa (olanzapine) overdose?

> 20 mg.: For adults zyprexa (olanzapine) is usually not give to adults in a dose greater the 20 mg per day. However, situations and patients are different. If you have concerns talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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What are the therapeutic levels of olanzapine?

20-40 ng/ml: Is cited, however Olanzapine blood levels are not routinely done in clinical practice as it does not have a widely accepted therapeutic level. On label dosing is up to 20 mgs daily, but dosing is frequently higher and there have been studies in treatment resistant schizophrenia using 50 mg daily. ...Read more

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How soon can zyprexa (olanzapine) cause hunger?

How soon can zyprexa (olanzapine) cause hunger?

RAPID: The hunger can happen fairly quickly after you begin zyprexa (olanzapine). Has to do with receptors etc. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about zyprexa (olanzapine)?

Zyprexa/olanzapine: Antipsychotic medication that can also be used in bipolar disorder and as an adjunct in depression. Common side effects include sedation/tiredness, increased appetite/weight gain. Could cause movement disorders including tardive dyskinesia although rare. Need labs completed because of health risks including diabetes and other health effects. ...Read more

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Zyprexa (Definition)

Zyprexa is a serotonin-dopamine receptor blocker which is a kind of atypical anti-psychotic drug (drug ...Read more