The medication Zyprexa belongs to a class of drugs known as antipsychotics. It is used to treat symptoms of schizophrenia and related psychotic disorders as well as those psychotic disorder. Schizophrenia may cause symptoms such as hallucinations (like hearing, seeing, or sensing things which are not there), delusions, unusual suspiciousness, feeling withdrawn, lack of emotions, depression, anxiety and tension. Signs and symptoms of bipolar mania include but are not limited to: feeling invincible or all powerful, inflated self-esteem, racing thoughts, easily lose your train of thought, overreaction to what you see or hear, misinterpretation of events, speeded-up activity, talking very quickly, talking too loudly, or talking more than usual, decreased need for sleep, and poor judgment. Zyprexa acts by combination of dopamine and serotonin antagonism. Zyprexa should be taken exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Your doctor will decide the best dosage for you depending on the individual situation and needs. Zyprexa tablets should be swallowed as whole with a glass of water. The medication can be taken with or without food.
Zyprexa is manufactured by Eli Lilly and comes from Canada, United Kingdom and Turkey. The generic equivalent of Zyprexa is Olanzapine. The generic is available from India, United Kingdom and Canada by different manufacturers. Zyprexa is available in the dosage strengths of 2.5 mg. 7.5 mg, 10 mg, 15 mg and 20 mg. the generic equivalent of Zyprexa is available in the dosage strengths of 2.5 mg, 5 mg, 7.5 mg, 10 mg, 15 mg and 20 mg.
Zyprexa/Olanzapine Side Effects
Stop taking Zyprexa and call your doctor at once if you have one of these serious side effects:
• New or worsening constipation
• Slow heartbeat
• Liver inflammation
• Low white blood cell count
• Allergic reaction
• Blood clots
• Pancreatic inflammation
• Long-lasting and painful erection of penis
• Serious skin reactions
• Sudden weakness or numbness in face, arms and legs
Less serious side effects include dizziness, drowsiness, weight gain, increased appetite, fluid retention, dry mouth, a feeling of restlessness, decreased blood pressure upon rising from a sitting or lying position. Please call your doctor if you have any further concerns or questions.
The effects of alcohol can be made worse while taking Zyprexa. Hence, do not drink alcohol during the treatment period. This medication may lead to drowsiness and dizziness. You should be cautious while driving or operating machinery when undergoing treatment with Zyprexa. Do not take Zyprexa if you are allergic to olanzapine or any other ingredients in this medication. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, have diabetes, high blood seizures, liver problems, hypogonadism, prostate problem. Zyprexa may interact with anti-anxiety medications, antidepressants, fluvoxamine, ketoconazole, ciprofloxacin, carbamazepine.
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