What This Treatment Is And What It Does In Order To Treat Certain Health Problems?
The generic name for the medication Zyprexa is (olanzapine). It’s a form of antipsychotic medication that’s able to have an effect on different chemicals inside the brain. Zyprexa is mainly used in order to provide treatment for symptoms of psychotic conditions like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder (manic depression) with adults as well as children who are 13 years of age or older.
Zyprexa can also be used in combination with other antipsychotic medications and antidepressants to make it more effective. There are additional uses for this drug, but these are left to the discretion of a doctor.
While using this drug is it possible that you can gain weight or even increase your cholesterol as a result? Is there anyone who would be at an especially high risk for this?
It’s possible to gain weight or even have increased levels of cholesterol as well as triglycerides (types of fat). This is especially the case if a user is in their teens. Because of this it’s going to be important to make sure you get your blood tested frequently while on this drug.
What about if you are a person that’s diabetic, is there any risk you need to be concerned about with using this drug or is this something you don’t need to be concerned about?
Zyprexa comes with the risk of increasing blood sugar levels in people that are diabetic. If a user is a diabetic, then they’ll need to make sure they check their blood sugar levels on a frequent basis in order to make sure they are safe while on this drug.
Use of this drug comes with the possibility of experiencing dizziness as a result at times, what can be done in order to minimize this and is there any particular time you should be extra careful?
You can make sure you don’t get up too fast from a sitting down position or a lying down position in order to avoid dizziness. Dizziness or even serious drowsiness comes with the risk of falls, fractures as well as other injury risks. Make sure you rise slow and be stead in order to minimize the risk of falling.
What will you need to make sure you avoid while using Zyprexa in order to keep you from experiencing serious problems?
You will need to make sure you protect yourself from becoming too overheated or dehydrated while on this drug. In order to do this consume lots of fluids, particularly when the weather is hot or if you exercise. It’s much easier to get overheated or dehydrated when you are using Zyprexa.
If you use this drug, then what are some of the potential common side effects you might be at risk for as well as some of the more serious side effects as a result of use?
Serious possible side effects:
Uncontrolled muscle movements in your face (chewing, lip smacking, frowning, tongue movement, blinking or eye movement)
Trouble speaking or swallowing
Swelling in your hands or feet
Confusion, unusual thoughts or behavior, hallucinations, or thoughts about hurting yourself
Sudden weakness or ill feeling, fever, chills, sore throat, swollen gums, painful mouth sores, pain when swallowing, skin sores, cold or flu symptoms, cough
Signs of dehydration – feeling very thirsty or hot, being unable to urinate, heavy sweating, or hot and dry skin
Liver problems – upper stomach pain, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes)
High blood sugar – increased thirst, increased urination, hunger, dry mouth, fruity breath odor, drowsiness, dry skin, blurred vision, weight loss
Severe nervous system reaction – very stiff (rigid) muscles, high fever, sweating, confusion, fast or uneven heartbeats, tremors, feeling like you might pass out
Common potential side effects:
Weight gain (more likely in teenagers), increased appetite
Headache, dizziness, drowsiness, feeling tired or restless
Problems with speech or memory
Tremors or shaking, numbness or tingly feeling
Changes in personality
Dry mouth, or increased salivation
Stomach pain, constipation
Pain in your arms or legs
Common side effects will diminish after a certain period of use while more serious side effects will require more attention like a doctor visit.