Atypical antipsychotic medicine
- Zyprexa® "zi-PREX-a"
What can it be used for?
If you are 18 or over, the doctor can prescribe olanzapine for you as a licensed medicine for mania, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder
If you are under 18, there is less research about its use and effectiveness in young people. Even so, specialists might prescribe it ‘off label’ if it is the best medicine for you
Ways to take and what's in it?
2.5mg, 5mg, 7.5mg, 10mg, 15mg, and 20mg strengths
5mg, 10mg, 15mg and 20mg strengths - these may be called ‘Zyprexa Velotabs™
210mg, 300mg or 405mg in one injection - this may be called Zypadhera™
Olanzapine is an atypical antipsychotic medicine.
It is used to treat a number of mental health conditions, including psychosis, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and bipolar disorder.
It is also sometimes used in combination with an antidepressant medicine to treat depression.
The most common side effects of olanzapine are sleepiness and weight gain. Olanzapine can also cause some rare but serious side effects.
Issues like alcohol, driving, concentration, sports, weight, sex life and fertility