Zyprexa
DESCRIPTION

Zyprexa is a brand name used for Olanzapine, which can be used to treat mood/mental conditions like bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, etc.

How It Works

Olanzapine tends to cure mental/mood conditions, by restoring the natural substance balance of the brain and it also belongs to a group of drugs known as ‘atypical antipsychotics’. With the aid of this medicine you will be able to take part in your daily chores more actively, and it will also allow you to think positively about yourself. Depression can also be treated via this medicine but you might need to combine it with some other medication in order to get the desired effects.

Uses

Before using this medication, it is best to talk with your physician about its benefits/risks (this should be done especially if you are a teenager). Nausea and vomiting resulted by the cancer drug treatment called, ‘Chemotherapy’, can also be prevented with the assistance of Zyprexa.

Dosage

Before starting to use Olanzapine go through the medication guide given by your medical practitioner. You can take the medication once daily by mouth and it can be consumed with or without food. Remember that the dosage will be based on your medical condition and how you respond to the treatment. In order to avoid unnecessary consequences, your pharmacist/doctor might start the dosage from a low level and increase it gradually as needed. Take this medicine on a regular basis to get the maximum benefits from it and do it each day at the same time so you won’t miss a dose. It is important to get proper medical consultation before you stop the usage of the medication and even if you feel well after using it for a while make sure to keep using it for the full prescribed time. Notify your healthcare provider if your conditions worsen or if no improvement is visible.

Side Effects

Using Zyprexa might result in minor issues such as:

Lightheadedness
Upsets in stomach
Dryness in mouth
Increased appetite/ weight gain
Dizziness/ drowsiness

When using this medication, it may rarely cause your blood sugar levels to rise, so check it regularly and inform you physician if it is high.

Although serious side effects are not common when using this medicine, the following severe issues might still occur rarely:

Seizures
Serious allergic reactions
Swallowing difficulties
Heartbeat slowing
Fainting
Urinating trouble

If these or any other effects occur, get the proper medical attention immediately.

Precautions

Your doctor or pharmacist should be informed before using Olanzapine, in the following situations:

If you are allergic to it or any of its inactive ingredients.
If you have a medical history that involves: glaucoma, smoking, stomach/ intestinal disease or seizures.

Do not operate heavy machinery or drive while using this drug as it might cause dizziness or drowsiness. Your dentist/doctor will need to know of any other non-prescribed, prescribed drugs that you are currently using if you are planning to have some sort of surgery as well.

Self-Care

If you are pregnant or planning pregnancy, talk with your doctor about the benefits/risks that might be involved when taking Zyprexa before using it. This should be done if you are breast-feeding too as it might cause unwanted effects if this medication is passed onto a baby through breast milk.

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