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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

    • Olanzapine works well in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
    • It is less likely to cause heart and movement problems as compared to other similar medicines.
    • It may take 4 to 6 weeks to see full effects on thoughts and mood. Keep taking it as prescribed.
    • Use caution while driving or doing anything that requires concentration as Olanzapine can cause dizziness and sleepiness.
    • It may increase your weight, blood sugar and cholesterol. Eat healthy, exercise regularly and monitor your blood levels regularly.
    • To lower the chance of feeling dizzy or passing out, rise slowly if you have been sitting or lying down.
    • Do not stop taking Olanzapine without talking  to your doctor first as it may cause worsening of symptoms.

    Content on this page was last updated on 21 May, 2019, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)