Zyprexa (Olanzapine) is an antipsychotic drug. The generic name for Zyprexa is Olanzapine.
Mode of action
Zyprexa (Olanzapine) affects the chemicals present inside the brain and hence, helps to balance thel mental health of the patient.
Uses of Zyprexa (Olanzapine)
Zyprexa (Olanzapine) is used for the treatment of the symptoms of psychotic conditions like:
- manic depression (bipolar disorder) in adults as well as kids who are at least 13 years of age
- schizophrenia in adults as well as kids who are at least 13 years of age
- Used along with other antipsychotic drugs
- Used in conjunction with antidepressants
Side- effects of Zyprexa (Olanzapine)
The serious side- effects of Zyprexa (Olanzapine) include:
- Allergic reaction manifesting as hives, swelling on the lips, face, throat, tongue
- Severe skin reaction spreading to other parts of the body. It can be fatal
- Uncontrolled movements of muscles on face like lip smacking, chewing, frowning, blinking eye, tongue movements, et al
- Trouble in swallowing
- Trouble in speaking
- Unusual thoughts, confusion, hallucination
- Feelings of hurting self
- Swelling in hands and feet
- Sudden ill feeling or weakness, fever, sore throat, chills, swollen gums, pain while swallowing, painful mouth sores, flu or cold symptoms, skin sores
- Feeling thirsty, hot, heavy sweating, inability to urinate, dry and hot skin
- High level of blood sugar manifesting as increased thirst, increased hunger, increased urination, dry mouth, fruity mouth odor, dry skin, drowsiness, weight loss, blurred vision
- Liver issues like pain in upper stomach, loss of appetite, itching, dark urine, clay- coloured stools, yellowing of eyes and skin (jaundice)
- Signs of dehydration like feeling thirsty, feeling hot, inability to urinate, dry and hot skin, heavy sweating
- Nervous system reactions like rigid muscles, high grade fever, confusion, sweating, rapid or uneven heartbeat, feeling like passing out, tremors
You must see your doctor whenever you experience one or more above mentioned symptoms.
The common side- effects include:
- Increased appetite
- Weight gain (especially in teenagers)
- Problems with memory or speech
- Headache, drowsiness, dizziness, feeling restless or tired
- Tingling sensations or numbness
- Shaking or tremor
- Increased salivation or dry mouth
- Changes in personality
- Constipation or pain in stomach
- Pain in the arms or legs
Pregnancy or Breastfeeding
If this drug is taken in the last trimester of pregnancy, it can cause some unwanted side- effects to the newborn like breathing issues, fussiness, feeding issues, lip or stiff muscles or tremors. But, stopping the intake of medicine in pregnancy might lead to withdrawal symptoms or other issues. So, do not stop it abruptly when you get pregnant. Tell your doctor beforehand if you are pregnant or plan to get pregnant during the course of this medicine.
This drug can also pass into the breast milk and harm the nursing baby. Breastfeeding is strictly contraindicated for the ladies who are nursing mothers.
You must take the drug in the dose curated by your doctor.