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Drug Guide    O   Olanzapine

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   Olanzapine

Olanzapine
(oral) (tablet, Tablet, Disintegrating)


Treats psychiatric (mental) disorders, including schizophrenia and some symptoms of bipolar I disorder.

ALTERNATE NAMES

Zyprexa, Zyprexa Zydis
 
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Avg Consumer Rating 5 out of 5
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Olanzapine
Zyprexa, Zyprexa Zydis
Uses
Treats psychiatric (mental) disorders, including schizophrenia and some symptoms of bipolar I disorder.

Storage
  • Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
  • Keep the disintegrating tablet in the original package until you are ready to take it. Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of any outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed. Keep all medicine away from children and never share your medicine with anyone.


How To Use
  • APPEARANCE: Tablet, Dissolving Tablet. Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often.
  • Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to. You may take this medicine with or without food. If you are using the disintegrating tablet, make sure your hands are dry before you handle the tablet.
  • Do not open the blister pack that contains the tablet until you are ready to take it.
  • Remove the tablet from the blister pack by peeling back the foil, then taking the tablet out.
  • Do not push the tablet through the foil.
  • Place the tablet in your mouth.
  • It should melt quickly.
  • After the tablet has melted, swallow or take a drink of water.

Side Effects
  • Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects: Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing. Change in how much or how often you urinate. Fast or uneven heartbeat.
  • Fever, sweating, confusion, muscle stiffness. Increased restlessness or excessive movements. Jerky muscle movement you cannot control (often in your face, tongue, or jaw). Numbness or weakness in your arm or leg, or on one side of your body. Severe sleepiness, slurred speech, trouble breathing.
  • Trouble swallowing.

Precautions
  • You should not use this medication if you have ever had an allergic reaction to olanzapine.

Missed Dose
  • If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, use it as soon as you can.
  • If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to use the medicine and skip the missed dose.
  • Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.

Drug Interactions
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breast feeding, or if you have diabetes, liver disease, prostate problems, or glaucoma.
  • Tell your doctor if you have a history of seizures, breast cancer, or severe constipation. Make sure your doctor knows about any heart or blood problems you have now or have had in the past.
  • This includes heart rhythm problems or a stroke. Tell your doctor if you have ever had neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS) caused by any medicine for psychiatric disorders. This medicine may raise or lower your blood sugar, or it may cover up symptoms of very low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). Your doctor will need to check your blood at regular visits while you are using this medicine.
  • Be sure to keep all appointments. This medicine may make you dizzy or drowsy.
  • Avoid driving, using machines, or doing anything else that could be dangerous if you are not alert.
  • Sit or lie down until you no longer feel dizzy.
  • Get up slowly. This medicine might reduce how much you sweat.
  • Your body could get too hot if you do not sweat enough.
  • If your body gets too hot, you might feel dizzy, weak, tired, or confused.
  • You might vomit or have an upset stomach.
  • Do not get too hot while you are exercising.
  • Avoid places that are very hot.
  • Call your doctor if you are too hot and cannot cool down. Some side effects are more likely to happen in elderly people who have memory problems or other reduced mental skills.
  • Make sure the doctor knows if the person who will be using this medicine has Alzheimer's disease or similar problems (often called "dementia"). Zyprexa® Zydis® contains phenylalanine (aspartame).
  • This is only a concern if you have a disorder called phenylketonuria (a problem with amino acids).
  • If you have this condition, talk to your doctor before using this medicine.

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User Medicine Opinions for Olanzapine
Overall:5 out of 5
Low adverse Reactions4 out of 5
Healing Power:5 out of 5
No dependency problems:4 out of 5
Cost-Benefit:4 out of 5
Sex: M
Age: 31
Time Taken: 2 weeks

Reason: Severe Insomnia Date: 30 December 2009
Side Effects
Groggy in the morning.

Additional Thoughts
I've read some nasty side effects for Zyprexa (Olanzapine) but I took it for a short time and didnt' experience them. I tried sleeping pills that would only keep me asleep for a few hours.. Zyprexa allowed me to sleep throughout the night, a very deep and restful sleep. I never got food cravings with it like some report, but I also didn't have an appetite at the time for anything before I took the medication. I've taken 5MG before bed and also 2.5MG before bed (cutting the 5 in half). I've never taken this medication longer than 2 weeks and usually only take it for 1-2 days as an insomnia pattern sinks in. It has been very good at helping reverse that pattern for me.

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