Zyprexa is from a family of drugs that are considered to be second generation antipsychotics. The active component in Zyprexa is olanzapine. This is found as pills and can be taken in quantities equivalent to 2.5mg, 5 mg, 7.5mg, 10mg, 15mg, and 20mg.
How It Works
Dopamine is essentially a chemical messenger in the brain. The messages that it carries is associated with thinking, behavior, perception, and even emotions. When dopamine is too active, it can cause certain adverse behaviors. The result of this is often termed as one or more mental disorders. The function of olanzapine is to block these dopamine receptors. This reduces the effect that is produced. Olanzapine can also be quite useful in balancing other neurotransmitters such as serotonin which are also associated with certain mental issues.
By itself, Zyprexa is often given to help with some of the symptoms exhibited by those with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. For individuals who are experiencing negative and positive indicators linked to schizophrenia, Zyprexa works to improve thought processes and unusual behaviors. With bipolar disorder, these is largely helpful in managing the manic episodes that may be exhibited. When taken in conjunction with other treatments, Zyprexa can also treat certain depressive indicators as well.
Zyprexa must be prescribed to you by a certified physician. This individual will be able to advise you regarding just how much of Zyprexa you should be consuming on a daily basis. Once you have received these directions, it is important not to deviate from them. You should not make any changes to the quantity that you are taking or your schedule unless your physician has given you their approval.
For teenagers with schizophrenia, the ideal amount for them to take each day is 10mg. However, they may begin at amounts starting from 2.5mg.
For adults with the same diagnosis, the final dose should total 10mg. Patients may be started off at 5mg, nonetheless.
Adolescents experiencing symptoms of bipolar disorder may be given initial quantities of 2.5mg or 5mg but will eventually be increased to 10mg.
Adults who exhibit similar indicators will be given 20mg of Zyprexa. However, the introductory dosage could begin at 10mg or 15mg.
Zyprexa may cause a slight or severe contradictory reaction in some people. Some of the more widely reported issues are:
Increase in acid production in stomach
Discomfort in certain regions of the body
Issues with bowel movements
Decrease in appetite
Difficulty in falling or maintaining sleep
If these or other issues occur while taking Zyprexa, you should get some advice from a physician.
Confer with a physician before consuming Zyprexa if these instances apply to you:
Allergy to olanzapine
Illnesses that cause seizures such as epilepsy
Abnormal cholesterol level
Heart disease or ailments
Low WBC count
Issues related to your bowels
Taking Zyprexa may result in sudden weight gain or an increase in your cholesterol level.
Zyprexa may cause you to feel dizzy or sleepy, so you should avoid certain activities that require focus or alertness.
Continued use of Zyprexa may cause a movement disorder that can have serious consequences. This is a higher possibility with female patients.
You should speak to your physician if you are pregnant or would like to breastfeed your infant.