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    Information about Olanzapine

    Olanzapine uses

    Olanzapine is used in the treatment of schizophrenia and mania.

    How olanzapine works

    Olanzapine is an atypical antipsychotic. It works by affecting the levels of chemical messengers (dopamine and serotonin) to improve mood, thoughts and behavior.

    Common side effects of olanzapine

    Sleepiness, Weight gain, Increased prolactin level in blood, Orthostatic hypotension (sudden lowering of blood pressure on standing), Dizziness, Dryness in mouth, Constipation, Restlessness, Tremor, Muscle rigidity

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    Expert advice for Olanzapine

    • Works well in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, including difficult cases.
    • Allow at least 4 to 6 weeks to see full effects on thoughts and mood.
    • You may feel dizziness and drowsiness when you start taking Olanzapine. For the first week, avoid activities that require you to be alert.
    • Olanzapine may cause weight gain, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and high blood sugar.
    • Tell your doctor if you have any unusual thoughts or behavior, inability to control muscle movements, or fever and excess sweating.
    • Elderly people with dementia shouldn't take Olanzapine.
    • Avoid cigarette smoking as it can decrease Olanzapine blood levels.

    Content on this page was last updated on 03 July, 2018, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)