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  Zyprexa
Drug Uses
Zyprexa is an atypical antipsychotic medicine used to treat symptoms of depression and mania, different abnormal states, kinds of anxiety and a mental illness called schizophrenia that may be characterized by strange and strong emotions, hallucinations, unusual thinking, indifference to life. Its effect is produced due to some natural substances in the brain changing their activity, slowing down. This medicine can also be used for other conditions.
How taken
Zyprexa comes as tablets dissolving in the mouth quickly. As soon as it gets into the mouth, it’s mixed with saliva and swallowed. You need your hands to be dry when you open the pack and peel the foil off the tablet. If any difficulty with swallowing the dissolved medicine occurs, have a drink.
Follow the doctor’s instructions on how to use the medicine properly. Doses may vary from patient to patient and depend on your health conditions and reaction to the medicine.
Usually the medicine is taken once at approximately the same time daily.
Precautions
1 Inform the doctor if you have any allergies especially the ones to medications.
2 Do not exceed the doses yourself. Do not stop taking it yourself suddenly either as the doctor may advise you to decrease the dosage step by step.
3 Do not take the medicine for more than 2 months unless your doctor tells you so.
4 Tell the doctor if you ever had:
Breast cancer
Alzheimer’s disease
Any heart/swallowing/kidney/liver/prostate problems
Convulsions/epilepsy
Glaucoma
Any history of diabetes in your family
Any cases when you had to stop taking a medicine because of side effects
Smoking
5 The medicine may increase blood sugar that’s why diabetes tend to develop especially in people having schizophrenia
6 The doctor should know if you are taking any medicines at the moment including vitamins, supplements, etc. Consult with your doctor before you take any medicine together with Zyprexa. As additional supervision may be needed, be sure you mentioned:
Antidepressants
Tramadol
Tranquilizers
Haloperidol
Acetaminophen
Omeprazole
HIV protease inhibitors
Medicines for mental illness, Parkinson’s disease, convulsions, hypertension, urinary problems, motion sickness, blood pressure
Ropinirole
Antihistamines
Ofloxacin
Fluoroquinolone antibiotics
Sedatives
Carbamazepine
Levodopa
Methtrexate
Dopamine agonists
Pergolide
Levofloxacin
Nicotinic Acid
Cimetidine
Norfloxacin
Isoniazid
Ipratropium
Iron products
Ticlopidine
Gatifloxacin
Sleeping pills
Statins
Cabergoline
7 Discuss with your doctor the possibility to eat grapefruit and drink its juice during the treatment.
8 Do not do anything that may be life-threatening until you know how you body reacts to the medicine.
9 Make sure the specialists know about the medicine you are taking before having any kind of surgery.
10 The medicine may start working only in a month after you start using it, the doctor may advise you to take it for longer.
11 Avoid drinking alcohol beverages during the treatment as well as heat, fever, dehydration and intensive physical jerks may aggravate side effects.
12 Zyprexa is not used to treat behavioral problems of elder people suffering from dementia.
13 Inform the doctor if you’re pregnant or you’re waiting for a baby.
14 Zyprexa can not be used during lactation period as it passes into milk.
15 Do not share your medicine with anyone else.
Side effects
Zyprexa may cause giddiness, weight gain, diarrhea, sleepiness, fainting spell, unusual behavior, constipation, depression, pain in the limbs, joints and back.
High blood sugar may cause changes in vision, upset stomach, weakness, dry mouth, unusual hunger and thirst, vomiting frequent urination. Call the doctor immediately if you notice any of those.
The same may be said about allergy to this medicine which may cause rash, giddiness, itching, troubled breathing.
Prompt medical help is also needed if you experience the following: convulsions, weakness, tremor, stomach pain, persistent and painful erection, stiff muscles, heartbeat irregularities, yellow complexion, sweating, fever, loss of appetite.
In some cases neuroleptic malignant syndrome, hyperglycemia, tarditive dyskenisia have been observed.
Missed dose
If you forgot to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember about it. If it’s time for another dose, do not double it but go back to you everyday schedule.
Overdose
Signs of overdose are: sleepiness, uncontrollable movements, excitement, speech changes, fast heart beats, muscle stiffness, coma. Search for urgent medical help immediately.
Storage
  • Keep away from children
  • Store at room temperature
  • Keep away from hot and damp places, direct light
  • Dispose of an outdated medicine