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What is olanzapine?

Olanzapine is a psychiatric drug that belongs to the atypical antipsychotics class of drugs. It is sold under the brand name Zyprexa. It is ingested orally or taken through an intramuscular injection. It is used for new disease onset or one that needs treatment over a long time for the treatment of schizophrenia. It was first patented in 1971 as a general psychiatric medication. It is often used in conjunction with other medication therapies.

What are the uses of olanzapine?

Olanzapine is a psychiatric medication used to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that causes hallucinations, distorted thinking, loss of interest in life, and intense or inappropriate emotions. Olanzapine is also used to treat bipolar disorder, a psychiatric disorder characterized by prolonged periods of alternating mania and depression. The medication is usually prescribed to people who are 13 years and older. The drug is effective by bringing about changes in brain activity.

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What are the side effects of olanzapine?

Olanzapine may cause some side effects such as depression, weakness, walking difficulties, dizziness, behavioral changes, and difficulty falling asleep. Side effects in women include breast enlargement, discharge from the breasts, irregular periods, and problems in sexual ability. Serious side effects such as vision changes, seizures, swelling of limbs, fever, and chills must be reported to the doctor immediately. Patients are advised to ascertain all risks before starting this medication.

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FAQ's

1. Can olanzapine cause anxiety?

Olanzapine may cause anxiety

2. How long does olanzapine stay in your system?

especially when a person discontinues or withdraws from the drug. It is essential to be in touch with the doctor while stopping the medication. Potential withdrawal symptoms include anxiety

3. Is olanzapine a sleeping pill?

agitation

4. Is olanzapine a mood stabilizer?

psychosis

5. How long does it take for olanzapine to work?

diarrhea

6. What happens if a normal person takes olanzapine?

sleep disturbances

7. Is olanzapine safe?

nausea

8. What does olanzapine do to the brain?

sweating

9. What happens if you overdose on olanzapine?

and restlessness. Ideally

10. Does everyone gain weight on olanzapine?

your doctor will gradually reduce the dosage of the drug to mitigate symptoms of drug withdrawal.

Olanzapine typically stays in the human body for an average of 7 days before it completely disappears. With regular dosage

concentration levels of olanzapine maintain steady levels in the human blood. Health care providers usually advise not to abruptly stop the medicine. Take your doctor?? advice on the benefits and risks of drug withdrawal before discontinuing the medication.

Olanzapine is not a sleeping pill and should not be prescribed for sleep disturbances. The medicine is a potent antipsychotic drug that is used for the treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Most patients report difficulties in withdrawing from the drug as it is highly addictive and habit-forming. It can impact sleep after discontinuation.

Olanzapine is not a mood stabilizer. It is an antipsychotic medication. Used in conjunction with mood stabilizers

olanzapine enhances efficacy

especially during manic episodes in people with bipolar disorder. Combined with other drugs such as fluoxetine

it has high efficacy in treating bipolar disorders and schizophrenia.

Many psychiatric drugs show an improvement in symptoms when taken consistently for a few weeks. In the case of Olanzapine

a person might start to feel better 4?? weeks after starting the medication. Many patients report feeling comfortable within the first week. It is essential to be in touch with your doctor to monitor symptoms effectively.

Olanzapine is prescribed for people who have chronic schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. In ordinary people

intake of olanzapine increases weight by at least 2?? kgs over six weeks. Other side effects include dry mouth

tremors

restlessness

and muscle contractions. Blood sugar spikes may also be seen.

Olanzapine can be considered for long-term use. However

there are a host of other equally potent antipsychotic drugs. Lithium is still considered one of the best long-term medicines for the treatment of bipolar disorder. Sometimes

the drug can cause a rare skin rash or reaction and swell up the lymph nodes. However

this is very uncommon.

Olanzapine?? efficacy is dependent on its impact on brain activity. It blocks some dopamine receptors in the brain. This minimizes the hyperactivity that is associated with dopamine. It also has a positive effect on the neurotransmitter serotonin

thus reducing symptoms in the patient. Overall

patients find their symptoms easing with a regular dosage of olanzapine.

There is a high risk of abuse and overdose associated with olanzapine. Some of the common side effects of drug overdose include blurred vision

low blood pressure

respiratory depression

and a depressed

nervous system. An overdose can also result in a very high fever. Fatal outcomes are expected in drug dosages as low as 450 mg. Hence

the drug dosage has to be strictly monitored.

Olanzapine can lead to weight gain. Many patients report a weight gain of at least 3?? kgs over 4?? weeks. This can also be attributed to an improvement in symptoms. For instance

patients with bipolar disorders may suffer from poor appetite during their depressive episodes. Taking this drug can alter appetite

leading to weight gain. Contact our medical experts at Yashoda Hospitals to know more about the necessary precautions

uses

dosages

and side effects of olanzapine.

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