Facts about Zyprexa side effects


Zyprexa side effects :
a look at Purpose, Use and Impact

Zyprexa (Olanzapine) is used to treat schizophrenia. Olanzapine is in a class of medications called antipsychotics. It works by decreasing unusually high levels of brain activity.

Zyprexa side effects and interactions

It is important that your doctor check your progress at regular visits, to allow for changes in your dose and help reduce any side effects.

This medicine may add to the effects of alcohol and other central nervous system (CNS) depressants (medicines that make you drowsy or less alert). Some examples of CNS depressants are antihistamines or medicine for hay fever, other allergies, or colds; sedatives, tranquilizers, or sleeping medicine; prescription pain medicine or narcotics; barbiturates; medicine for seizures; muscle relaxants; or anesthetics, including some dental anesthetics. Check with your doctor before taking any CNS depressants while you are taking this medicine.

Zyprexa side effects may cause drowsiness, trouble in thinking, trouble in controlling movements, or trouble in seeing clearly. Make sure you know how you react to this medicine before you drive, use machines, or do other jobs that require you to be alert, well-coordinated, or able to think or see well.

Dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting may occur, especially when you get up from a lying or sitting position. Getting up slowly may help. If this problem continues or gets worse, check with your doctor.

This medicine may make it more difficult for your body to cool itself down. Use care not to become overheated during exercise or hot weather since overheating may result in heat stroke.

Zyprexa side effects may cause dryness of the mouth. For temporary relief, use sugarless gum or candy, melt bits of ice in your mouth, or use a saliva substitute. However, if your mouth feels dry for more than 2 weeks, check with your medical doctor or dentist. Continuing dryness of the mouth may increase the chance of dental disease, including tooth decay, gum disease, and fungus infections.

Observed Zyprexa side effects

Along with its needed effects, there may be unwanted Zyprexa side effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:

More Commonly Observed

Agitation; behavior problems; difficulty in speaking or swallowing; restlessness or need to keep moving; stiffness of arms or legs; trembling or shaking of hands and fingers.

Less Commonly Observed

Blurred vision; chest pain; fever; flu-like symptoms; headache; inability to move eyes; itching of the vagina or genital area; lip smacking or puckering; mood or mental changes, such as anger, anxiety, giddiness, loss of memory, or nervousness; muscle spasms of face, neck, and back; muscle twitching or jerking; nervousness; pain during sexual intercourse; pounding in the ears; puffing of cheeks; rapid or worm-like movements of tongue; rhythmic movement of muscles; slow or fast heartbeat; swelling of feet or ankles; thick, white vaginal discharge with no odor or with a mild odor; twitching movements; twitching, twisting, uncontrolled repetitive movements of tongue, lips, face, arms, or legs; uncontrolled chewing movements; uncontrolled jerking or twisting movements of hands, arms and legs; uncontrolled movements of lips, tongue, or cheeks; unusual or incomplete body or facial movements.

Rarely Observed

Changes in menstrual period; confusion ; extra heartbeat; mental or physical sluggishness; skin rash; swelling of face; trouble in breathing.

Other Zyprexa side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. However, check with your doctor if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome:

More Commonly Observed

Acid or sour stomach; belching; change in walking and balance; clumsiness ; constipation; difficulty in speaking; dizziness; dizziness or fainting when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position ; drowsiness; dryness of mouth; headache; heartburn ; runny nose; sleepiness or unusual drowsiness; stomach discomfort, upset, or pain; unsteadiness; vision problems; weakness; weight gain.

Less Commonly Observed

Abdominal pain; awareness of heartbeat ; blemishes on the skin; burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, “pins and needles”, or tingling feelings; changes in vision; cramps; decrease in sexual desire; double vision; fast heartbeat; heavy bleeding; increased appetite; increased cough; increased sensitivity of skin to sunlight; joint pain; lack of feeling or emotion; low blood pressure; nausea; pain in arms or legs; pimples; sore throat; stuttering; sweating; thirst ; tightness of muscles; trouble in controlling urine; trouble in sleeping ; uncaring; vomiting; watering of mouth; weight loss.

Other Zyprexa side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your doctor.

Sources : The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the United States Pharmacopeia (USP)


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