Zyprexa (olanzapine) is one of a group of medications called atypical antipsychotics. Zyprexa is used to control delusional thinking, apathy, strong emotions, and other symptoms that may accompany schizophrenia experienced by adults and teenagers over the age of 13. This medication may also be used to treat episodes of mania and depression for people (over the age of 13) diagnosed with bipolar. This medication can help control behaviors that accompany schizophrenia or bipolar, but it will not cure these conditions. Zyprexa has also been prescribed to some people to control nausea and vomiting as a result of chemotherapy.
- What are some ways to get the most out of my treatment with this medication?
Antipsychotic medication paired with a type of psychotherapy may help you yield a longer lasting, better mental health outcome than treating your condition with medication alone. While medication can be great for controlling associated symptoms, it fails to address behaviors and emotions, and does little to teach a person about what he or she is experiencing. Finding a qualified therapist or counselor, however, may allow you to explore your experiences in a safe place where you can gain a better understanding of triggers and learn what you can do to cope in healthy ways when symptoms arise. Many therapists also offer training in yoga, meditation, breathing exercises, and other ways to naturally lower anxiety levels and stress that may also accompany some mental health conditions.
- What is the safest way to take this medication?
Zyprexa may come in the form of a tablet to be swallowed or as an orally disintegrating tablet. This medication is generally administered once per day, and may be taken with or without food. Take this prescription only as directed by your doctor. You may begin taking a low dosage, and your doctor may increase your dosage in order to find the ideal amount medication for you. You may need to take this medication for a few weeks before you feel its full therapeutic effects.
- What should I do if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take the missed dose as soon as you can. However, if you are close to the time for your next scheduled dose, do not take the missed dose. Taking too much of this medication over a short period of time may result in an overdose.
- What should I do if I overdose on this medication?
Call your doctor or contact a poison control center immediately. Do not induce vomiting unless advised to do so by a trained medical professional. Symptoms of overdose may include drowsiness, slurred or slowed speech, and seizures.