Zyprexa Side Effects

Zyprexa Side Effects Zyprexa or Zyprexa Zydis is the generic name of the drug Olanzapine. This drug is an orally-administered atypical antipsychotic medicine that belongs to the thienobenzodiazepine class of drugs.

Zyprexa is manufactured and marketed by Eli Lilly and Company and has been approved by the FDA for the treatment of psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia, depressive episodes associated with bipolar disorder, acute maniac episodes and maintenance treatment in bipolar disorder.

Zyprexa is extremely beneficial in controlling positive and negative symptoms occurring during schizophrenia and bipolar disorders. Positive symptoms include hallucinations and delusion while negative symptoms include apathy and social withdrawal. However, Zyprexa should not be administered to patients with psychotic conditions that are related to dementia as this drug can cause fatal heart attack and stroke in these patients. Apart from these, there are a wide variety of side effects observed with Zyprexa.

Zyprexa should be administered with care in patients suffering with liver and kidney diseases, cardiac disorders, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, epilepsy, glaucoma, enlarged prostate, and those having a history of breast cancer and heart attack. Zyprexa tends to increase blood sugar level causing hyperglycemia whose symptoms include increased thirst, loss of appetite, increased urination, vomiting, drowsiness, dry skin and dry mouth. Other side effects of Zyprexa include swelling in the hands and legs, constipation, dizziness, drowsiness, chronic pain in the back and irregular abdominal activity.

Zyprexa can cause be allergic to certain people. Symptoms include fever, stiff muscles, sweating, uncontrolled muscle movements, nausea, vomiting, weakness, excessive hunger, dark-colored urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice, unusual thoughts or behavior, headache and hallucinations. Any of these symptoms can occur during allergy to Zyprexa.

Zyprexa is a USFDA pregnancy category C drug whose administration can be extremely harmful to the fetus or a newborn baby.


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Zyprexa Side Effects