Zyprexa (Olanzapine)

What is Zyprexa?

Zyprexa (Olanzapine) is designed in order to treat mental and emotional problems (e.g., psychosis or schizophrenia).


Zyprexa Information

Zyprexa is designed in order to treat mental and emotional problems (e.g., psychosis or schizophrenia). This medicine may also be prescribed for treating of other emotional or behavioral problems. However, this is not a cure. It will help to reduce the problem.

Zyprexa has to be taken orally, with or without food. Take the pills with water. You should take your doses at regular interval.

Do not discontinue the treatment even if you notice improvement. Complete the prescribed therapy. The treatment may have to be stopped gradually.

Zyprexa Side Effects

You should immediately contact a doctor in case you notice any signs of the following side effects: restlessness or need to keep moving; agitation or hostile, angry behaviour; fainting spells, loss of balance; stiffness, spasms; changes in vision, inability to control eye movements; tremors or trembling; changes in emotions or behaviour, like a very depressed mood; excessive urination; swelling of face or legs; fast heartbeat (palpitations); confusion; inability to control muscle movements in the face, hands, arms, or legs; difficulty breathing; excessive thirst and/or hunger; skin rash; difficulty in speaking or swallowing; painful erections; difficulty concentrating; seizures (convulsions); menstrual changes; unusual tiredness or weakness; uncontrollable tongue or chewing movements; smacking lips; puffing cheeks.

The following side effects do not usually need to be reported immediately, but talk to your health care provider if they become continuous or bothersome: constipation; runny nose; dizziness; dry mouth; drowsiness; weight gain; lowered blood pressure; nausea or vomiting; excessive drainage from eyes; blurred or unclear vision; tingling sensation in your hands, feet or other area of your body; changes in sexual desire; sensitivity of skin to sunlight; excessive watering or drooling of mouth; trouble in controlling urine; joint pain.

Do not drive, operate machinery or perform any activities, requiring high level of attention, before you find out your reaction to this medicine. Do not stand or sit up quickly in order to avoid staggers or fainting spells. You should not drink alcohol while treating with this medicine.

If you experience dry mouth, try to drink plenty of water and to chew sugarless gum in order to ease this feeling. You may also suck a hard candy.

This medicine can decrease the response of your body to heat or cold. Do not get overheated or dehydrated. Do not overwork while exercising. Avoid temperature extremes, such as saunas, hot tubs, or very hot or cold showers. Dress warmly in cold weather.

Be careful when brushing and flossing your teeth to avoid mouth infections or damage. Visit your dentist regularly.

Avoid exposure to the sun. Wear protective clothes, use a sunscreen, and wear sunglasses even when its cloudy. Avoid tanning booths and beds, do not use sun lamps.

Make sure to inform a doctor about the Olanzapine therapy before receiving any medical or dental care!

It may take a few weeks before you notice a significant improvement. Inform your health care provider in case your symptoms worsen!

You should visit your health care specialist regularly.