Olanzapine is sold under the brand name Zyprexa among others. Olanzapine belongs to a class of drugs called atypical antipsychotics. It works by changing the activity of certain natural substances in the brain.
Olanzapine is also used with fluoxetine ( Fluoxetine is an antidepressant that selectively inhibits serotonin reuptake. Fluoxetine inhibits serotonin uptake by nerve cells and helps people with depression, panic attacks, anxiety, and depression.) or obsessive-compulsive symptoms.) for the treatment of depressive episodes in adults and children. at least 10 years old with bipolar I disorder.
You should not use fluoxetine if you are also taking pimozide or thioridazine, or if you are being treated with methylene blue injection.
Olanzapine is available in tablets and orally disintegrating tablets (tablets that dissolve quickly in the mouth). In general, take this medicine once a day with or without food. Take olanzapine at approximately the same time each day. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully and ask your doctor or pharmacist to clarify any areas you do not understand. Take olanzapine exactly as directed. Do not take more or less, or more often than directed by your doctor.
Do not try to push the disintegrating tablet through the foil. Instead, peel off the foil her wrapper with dry hands. Remove the tablet immediately and put it in your mouth. Tablets dissolve quickly and can be swallowed with or without liquid.
Some common side effects may include:
- feeling unsteady or having trouble keeping your balance
- unusual behavior
- difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
- Difficulty walking
- weight gain
- Dry mouth
Some side effects can be serious:
- Abnormal movements of the face or body that cannot be controlled
- sore throat
- very stiff muscles
- excessive sweating
- fast or irregular heartbeat
- redness or peeling of the skin
Please consult your doctor/physician/specialist before taking any healthcare products. In case of allergic reaction to the medicines/substance, please take immediate medical help.