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Zyprexa

Common Name
olanzapine


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DIN (Drug Identification Number)

02229285 Zyprexa 10 mg tablet
02238850 Zyprexa 15 mg tablet
02229250 Zyprexa 2.5 mg tablet
02238851 Zyprexa 20 mg tablet
02229269 Zyprexa 5 mg tablet
02229277 Zyprexa 7.5 mg tablet

How does this medication work? What will it do for me?

Olanzapine belongs to group of medications known as antipsychotic/antimanic agents. Olanzapine is used to treat schizophrenia and related mental disorders, as well as bipolar disorder.

Schizophrenia can cause symptoms such as hallucinations (e.g., hearing, seeing, or sensing things that are not there), delusions, unusual suspiciousness, and emotional withdrawal. People with this condition may also feel depressed, anxious, or tense.

Bipolar disorder can cause alternating periods of depression and mania (abnormally elevated or irritable mood) or "mixed episodes" where people have symptoms of both depression and mania. Olanzapine may be used, alone or in combination with other medications, to treat the manic or mixed episodes (but not the depression) of bipolar disorder.

Medications like olanzapine are thought to work by correcting the balance of neurotransmitters (chemicals that control the function of nerve pathways) in the brain.

This medication may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.

Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

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How should I use this medication?

The usual starting dose of olanzapine tablets for adults with schizophrenia is 5 mg to 10 mg once daily at the same time each day, taken with or without food. The tablets should be swallowed whole with a full glass of water. If the daily dose is increased, it is usually raised not more than once a week, and in increments of 5 mg. The dosage range is 5 mg to 20 mg daily.

The usual starting dose of olanzapine tablets for adults with bipolar disorder is 10 mg daily (if olanzapine is used in combination with other medications that treat bipolar disorder) or 15 mg daily (if olanzapine is used alone). The dose may be increased up to 20 mg daily. For the maintenance treatment of bipolar disorder, the dose ranges from 5 mg to 20 mg daily. The tablets should be swallowed whole with a full glass of water and can be taken with or without food.

Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are using the medication without consulting your doctor.

For this medication to be effective, it is very important to use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor.

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular dosing schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at the same time. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Store the medication at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.

Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.





What form(s) does this medication come in?

2.5 mg
Each white, round, film-coated tablet, marked in blue ink with "LILLY" and the tablet identification code "4112", contains olanzapine 2.5 mg (8 µmol). Nonmedicinal ingredients: carnauba wax, crospovidone, FD&C Blue No. 2 Aluminum Lake, hydroxypropyl cellulose, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, lactose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol, polysorbate 80, and titanium dioxide.

5 mg
Each white, round, film-coated tablet, marked in blue ink with "LILLY" and the tablet identification code "4115", contains olanzapine 5 mg (16 µmol). Nonmedicinal ingredients: carnauba wax, crospovidone, FD&C Blue No. 2 Aluminum Lake, hydroxypropyl cellulose, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, lactose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol, polysorbate 80, and titanium dioxide.

7.5 mg
Each white, round, film-coated tablet, marked in blue ink with "LILLY" and the tablet identification code "4116", contains olanzapine 7.5 mg (24 µmol). Nonmedicinal ingredients: carnauba wax, crospovidone, FD&C Blue No. 2 Aluminum Lake, hydroxypropyl cellulose, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, lactose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol, polysorbate 80, and titanium dioxide.

10 mg
Each white, round, film-coated tablet, marked in blue ink with "LILLY" and the tablet identification code "4117", contains olanzapine 10 mg (32 µmol). Nonmedicinal ingredients: carnauba wax, crospovidone, FD&C Blue No. 2 Aluminum Lake, hydroxypropyl cellulose, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, lactose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol, polysorbate 80, and titanium dioxide.

15 mg
Each elliptical, film-coated, light blue tablet, marked with "LILLY" and the tablet identification code "4415", contains olanzapine 15 mg (48 µmol). Nonmedicinal ingredients: carnauba wax, crospovidone, hydroxypropyl cellulose, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, lactose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, titanium dioxide, and triacetin.

20 mg
Each elliptical, film-coated, pink tablet, marked with "LILLY" and the tablet identification code "4420", contains olanzapine 20 mg (64 µmol). Nonmedicinal ingredients: carnauba wax, crospovidone, hydroxypropyl cellulose, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, lactose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, synthetic red iron oxide, titanium dioxide, and triacetin.

Who should NOT take this medication?

Do not take this medication if you are allergic to olanzapine or any ingredients of the medication.



 

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