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Last updated on November 18th, 2021

Zyprexa Zydis (Olanzapine, Zalasta, Zolafren, Olzapin, Rexapin)

Generic name: Rexapin

Brand names: Olanzapine, Zyprexa Zydis, Zalasta, Zolafren, Olzapin, Rexapin

What is Zyprexa?

Zyprexa is a popular medicine that has been labeled as an atypical antipsychotic. It lowers clues of bipolar disorder (manic depression)

  • and schizophrenia
  • and dementia (Alzheimer’s disease), including paranoia and hallucinations.Consult your medical practitioner or pharmacist for more information about the salutary effects of this product.

What important information should I know about Zyprexa?

This medicament can change the response of your body to heat. Try not to get overheated or dehydrated. Avoid temperature extremes, such as very hot or cold baths

  • or hot tubs
  • or showers
  • or saunas. Drink plenty of fluids, especially in hot weather and during exercise.Zyprexa may make you dizzy or deteriorate your coordination. Be very careful about performing perilous tasks
  • or climbing
  • or driving
  • or operating machinery until you know how you react to this medicament.

Avoid drinking alcohol. It can cause dangerous side effects when taken together with Zyprexa.

Continue to take this medication until the end of the cure corse, even if you start to feel better. Stopping the medication too early may worsen some conditions.

This drug is not recommended for use in children and adolescents under 18 years of age, as its safety and effectiveness have not been established in this age group.

Always tell a health care professional before giving Zyprexa to a child.

What should I tell my doctor before I take this drug?

Before using Zyprexa inform your doctor about:

  • heart disorders, heart attack, stroke, or seizures
  • liver or kidney disease
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to olanzapine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • high blood pressure (hypertension)
  • diabetes
  • trouble swallowing
  • enlarged prostate gland (prostatic hypertrophy)
  • seizures or epilepsy
  • stomach or intestinal problems
  • glaucoma
  • pregnancy, breastfeeding or planning to become pregnant

How to take Zyprexa?

Zyprexa is offered in the tab form to take orally.

It is usually recommended to take medicine once daily, at regular intervals.

This medication should be accompanied by some liquid. It is better to drink several glasses of water each day while you are taking Zyprexa to protect your kidneys. You may take it on a full or on an empty stomach. In order to soften stomach irritation and help your body absorb the drug is possible to combine with meals.

The tablets should be swallowed whole. Do not break

  • or chew
  • or crush them.

The dosage of Zyprexa vary among medical condition and response to therapy. It is obviously to appeal to your physician before to take Zyprexa. Follow your doctor instructions thoroughly.

What should you do if you miss a dose of Zyprexa?

If you miss a dosage of Zyprexa, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Never “double-up” the dose to catch up.

What should you do if you overdose of Zyprexa?

Taking any medicine in excess you can have serious consequences for your health. If you feel an overdose, visit your medic at once.

Overdose of Zyprexa may may cause fainting

  • or slurred speech
  • or jerky or uncontrolled muscle movements
  • or drowsiness
  • or aggression
  • or confusion
  • or agitation
  • or increased heart rate
  • or trouble breathing.

What drug(s) may interact with Zyprexa?

  • a medication to treat high blood pressure or a heart condition
  • carbamazepine (Tegretol)
  • fluvoxamine (Luvox)
  • a medication to treat Parkinson’s disease
  • levodopa (Sinemet, Larodopa, Atamet)
  • selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam)
  • pramipexole (Mirapex)
  • ropinirole (Requip)

This is not a finished list of interactions. Detail information you may receive at your doctor.

Discuss with your health care provider the use of your medicine with food, alcohol, or tobacco.


What side-effects may occur?

  • Allergic reaction ( difficulty breathing; hives; swelling of your throat
  • or lips
  • or tongue
  • or face; skin rash or swelling; itching )
  • Fast/pounding/irregular heartbeat (palpitations)
  • Problems with breathing, chest pain
  • Mental, mood changes (loss of contact with reality, restlessness, confusion, hallucinations, blurred vision, anxiety, agitation (akathisia))
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms
  • Numbness, tingling in your hands or feet (tremor), muscle stiffness, or spasms
  • Pain in back or joints
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Indigestion, or upset stomach, bloating, stomach gas, pain or cramps
  • Headache, dizziness, ringing in your ears or hearing loss
  • Difficulty urinating (urinary retention), diarrhea
  • Weight gain, increased appetite
  • Liver problems, yellowing eyes, skin

If these persist or worsen, apprise your health care provider straightway. This is not a whole list of side effects and others may occur. If you notice other effects not mentioned above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

How should Zyprexa be stored?

Store at room temperature between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F), tightly closed, away from sunlight, direct heat, and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom or near a sink. Keep drug out of the reach of children and away from pets.

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