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What is Zyprexa?

Zyprexa is an oral tablet consisting of an atypical antipsychotic called olanzapine. We carry this medication in both the brand choice (Zyprexa) and the generic alternative (olanzapine) in 2.5mg, 10mg, 15mg, and 20mg!

Zyprexa is a medication used to treat symptoms of psychotic conditions. Psychotic conditions are severe mental disorders in which abnormal thinking and perceptions occur. People with these conditions usually lose touch with reality, the most common symptoms being delusions and hallucinations. Schizophrenia is an example of a psychotic condition treatable with Zyprexa.

Additionally, this medication is also used for the treatment of symptoms associated with mood disorders. Mood disorders are when the general state or mood of a person is distorted or inconsistent with surrounding circumstances. A person with a mood disorder may feel consistently sad or depressed or may have periods of depression followed by excessive happiness. Depression is an example of a mood disorder treable with Zyprexa.

Both psychotic conditions and mood disorders are linked to an imbalance of chemicals in the brain. Zyprexa (olanzapine) is effective at treating these disorders because it is able to restore the balance of chemicals in the brain.

Follow only the directions given to you by your doctor. Do not take more or less of a dose than directed. For the full benefit of the medication, ensure you take it regularly and create a routine by taking it around the same time every day.

This medication may only be part of a complete treatment program, which may also include counseling and other support programs. Follow all treatment instructions set in place by your doctor.

Take this medication by mouth, once a day, with a full glass of water. You may take this medication with or without food.

Store at room temperature in a low risk area of heat, light, and moisture.


Do not use Zyprexa (olanzapine)

Do not use Zyprexa if you are allergic to olanzapine or for use in psychotic conditions related to dementia.

Dose adjustment or special precautions may be required

To ensure this medication is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had liver disease, heart disease, high or low blood pressure, low white blood cell count, high triglycerides or high cholesterol, heart failure, heart attack, or stroke, breast cancer, seizures or epilepsy, diabetes, an enlarged prostate or difficulty urinating, bowel problems, or narrow-angle glaucoma.


Long-term use of Zyprexa can cause a serious and irreversible movement disorder. The longer you use this medication, the more likely you are to develop this condition.

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or if you plan on becoming pregnant. Taking antipsychotic medicine during that last 3 months of pregnancy may result in problems in the new born. This includes withdrawal symptoms such as withdrawal symptoms, breathing problems, feeding problems, fussiness, tremors, and limp or stiff muscles. You should not discontinue using this medication before speaking to your doctor if you find out you are pregnant during treatment.

This medication can pass into breast milk and has potential to harm a nursing infant. You should not breast feed while using Zyprexa.

Zyprexa can cause weight gain, high cholesterol and triglycerides, and high blood sugar. You may need frequent medical tests done during the time of treatment.

Side Effects

Common side effects of Zyprexa (olanzapine) may include:

weight gain (more likely in teenagers), increased appetite; headache, dizziness, drowsiness, feeling tired or restless; problems with speech or memory; tremors or shaking, numbness or tingly feeling; changes in personality; dry mouth, or increased salivation; stomach pain, constipation; or pain in your arms or legs.

The above side effects should not alarm you.

Serious side effects of Zyprexa (olanzapine) may include:

uncontrolled muscle movements in your face; trouble speaking or swallowing; swelling in your hands or feet; confusion, unusual thoughts or behavior, hallucinations, or thoughts about hurting yourself; sudden weakness or ill feeling, fever, chills, sore throat, swollen gums, painful mouth sores, pain when swallowing, skin sores, cold or flu symptoms, cough;

signs of dehydration - feeling very thirsty or hot, being unable to urinate, heavy sweating, or hot and dry skin;

liver problems - upper stomach pain, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);

high blood sugar - increased thirst, increased urination, hunger, dry mouth, fruity breath odor, drowsiness, dry skin, blurred vision, weight loss; or

severe nervous system reaction - very stiff (rigid) muscles, high fever, sweating, confusion, fast or uneven heartbeats, tremors, feeling like you might pass out.

If you have any of the above side effects or signs of complications, contact your doctor right away.


What is Zyprexa used for?

 This medication is known as an antipsychotic, and it affects the chemicals within the brain. It is used to treat symptoms of psychotic conditions such as schizophrenia. As well as any symptoms of mood disorders, such as bipolar.


How long does it take for Zyprexa to work?

Some improvements may be seen within the first 1 to 2 weeks. However, to see any of the full benefits of this medication it can take up to 6 weeks.


How long does Zyprexa stay in your system?

On average, it may take several days before Zyprexa is completely out of your system.


What are the side effects of Zyprexa?

Some of the most common side effects to Zyprexa are as follows; weight gain, increased appetite, headaches, dizziness, drowsiness, feelings of being tired or restless, problems with speech and memory, tremors or shaking, numbness, changes in personality, dry mouth, increased salivation. These are however, not the entire list of side effects for this medication. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this medication, consult with your doctor.


What is the generic name for Zyprexa?

The generic name for Zyprexa is called Olanzapine. The generic Zyprexa is available online as an affordable alternative from My Drug


What is the difference between Zyprexa and Zyprexa Zydis?

Zyprexa is an oral tablet; therefore it is taken orally as any other tablet. Whereas Zyprexa Zydis is an orally disintegrating tablet. Therefore, it should dissolve in your mouth.

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