Zyprexa is an antipsychotic drug used to treat symptoms of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. It may be used on its own or together with other antipsychotics or antidepressant medications.
Always follow your doctor’s instructions and use Zyprexa exactly as prescribed.
Zyprexa may increase risk of death in patients with dementia, and is not approved for use in these cases.
Long-term use can cause a movement disorder involving uncontrollable muscle movements. This may not be reversible, and is more likely to develop the longer you take Zyprexa.
Zyprexa may cause problems during pregnancy. Talk to your doctor if you become pregnant.
Avoid drinking alcohol while on Zyprexa.
Before taking Zyprexa, inform your doctor if you have any of the following:
Common side effects of Zyprexa include:
Contact your doctor if you experience these more serious side effects:
How can I manage weight gain while on Zyprexa?
Increased physical activity and commitment to a healthy diet can help minimize weight gain while on Zyprexa. Have your weight monitored regularly by your doctor.
Can I stop taking Zyprexa if I’m feeling better?
Suddenly stopping Zyprexa can cause unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. If you wish to discontinue or try a different medication, talk to your doctor about gradually tapering off.