Zyprexa is a medication taken by people to treat specific mood and mental conditions, including bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Sometimes, it’s taken in the right combination with other drugs to treat depression. It works by helping patients to reduce hallucinations and think more positively and clearly, participate in life events more actively and feel less agitated. Zyprexa belongs to a group of meds called atypical antipsychotics, and it restores the right balance of chemicals in the brain. Sometimes, this medicine is prescribed to prevent vomiting and nausea caused by chemotherapy.
How to Take Zyprexa
You need to use this medication orally, both with and without food, once a day. Your right dosage is based on your response and medical condition. To decrease the risk of side effects, you should start this treatment with lower doses that can be gradually increased. Use Zyprexa regularly and at the same time every day. In very rare cases, there is a slightly increased risk of serious side effects when this medicine is taken by older adults who have dementia. That’s why its intake isn’t approved to treat different dementia-related behavioral issues.
Unwanted Zyprexa Side Effects
There are some side effects that can be caused by this treatment, but most of them are mild and include:
Dizziness and drowsiness;
Dry mouth and stomach upset;
Lightheadedness and constipation;
Sudden weight gain and increased appetite.
If any of them get worse, you need to call your physician at once. To decrease a risk of lightheadedness and dizziness, you should get up slowly from any lying or sitting position. Most patients who take Zyprexa don’t feel any discomfort, but if you notice the following severe side effects, you need to go to the hospital immediately:
Tremor and difficulty swallowing;
Fainting and slow heartbeats;
Signs of new infections;
Yellow skin and eyes;
Mood and mental changes;
Tingling and numbness in legs or arms;
Difficulty urinating and allergies;
Seizures and fever;
Severe tiredness and tenderness;
Dark urine and other urine changes.
The use of Zyprexa may make blood sugar levels rise, so people with diabetes should be careful.
Important Precautions when Using This Drug
Before starting this treatment, tell doctors if you have any possible allergies or serious medical conditions, such as seizures, liver and kidney problems, dementia, difficulty swallowing, difficulty urinating, low white blood cell count, intestinal and stomach problems, smoking, hypertension, heart diseases, diabetes high blood cholesterol levels and obesity. You should avoid any activities that make you sweat and require your full alertness when taking Zyprexa. Older adults are more prone to have side effects, especially confusion, drowsiness, dizziness, etc. Don’t combine it with such drugs as antihistamines, alcohol, muscle relaxants, narcotic pain killers and some others.