Olanzapine is an atypical antipsychotic drug commonly used to treat symptoms of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, manic disorder, and severe mood swings. The common side effects seen with this medicine are dizziness, restlessness, weakness, and decreased libido.
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How is delusional jealousy treated?
Query: Hi doctor, My dad is suffering from a delusion of jealousy for the last three years. What is the treatment for it? The main problem is that my dad has no insight of his problem. How much time will it take to recover? Please help. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The treatment is antipsychotic medicines like Olanzapine, Aripiprazole, etc., followed by insight oriented psychotherapy after remission. But, please ensure that there are no other symptoms like delusions of persecution or control, hearing voices, sleep and ap... Read Full »
Is it safe to increase Topamax dosage to 400 gm?
Query: Hello doctor, I have been taking Topiramate 300 mg, along with Zyprexa 10 mg and Wellbutrin 400 mg as well as Clonazepam 0.5 mg three times a day. I have schizoaffective disorder and need to up my Zyprexa to 15 as I have been extremely irritable lately. However my Topiramate also serves me as an ap... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Increasing Olanzapine and Topiramate simultaneously is not a good idea. you can start with one medication at a time, or better idea would be to use Clonazepam more for the time being as I do not have details of your case, if your doctor is returning soon, you can man... Read Full »
How can I cure schizophrenia without drugs?
Query: Hello doctor, I have been diagnosed with schizophrenia and have been prescribed anti-psychotic medication Olanzapine. I have been taking it for 2 to 3 years. I was wondering if there is an alternate route to treatment? Or if there is another solution for a possible cure? I do not want to deal with ... Read Full »
Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.Olanzapine is an antipsychotic medicine. Yes, Olanzapine is available in injectable form. If Olanzapine is causing some effects then it can be changed to other antipsychotic like Aripiprazole, Risperidone or Ziprasidone. You need to take medicines or injectables to keep sym... Read Full »
Can I consider reducing the dosage of Olanzapine?
Query: Hi doctor,Can I become sexually addicted due to Vitamin E 1000 IU taken along with Olanzapine 15 mg for three years due to my second episode of schizophrenia? I masturbate daily though I am not having any physical sex. I want to know whether it is possible to reduce the dosage of these drugs. Is it ... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. No, you will not become sexually addicted to any of these drugs. You can do masturbation once a day and it is a normal frequency. You should try to taper off your medication as you are stable on it for more than three years. You are taking Olanzapine 15 mg and you are s... Read Full »
How to overcome the side effects of Olanzapine tablets?
Query: Hello doctor, My friend was extremely stressed at work and started telling things that never happened and was very delusional. We took her to a psychologist, who referred her to a psychiatrist. He told us she was in a state of psychosis due to stress and prescribed Oleanz 5 mg tablet for two days. ... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. From your description, it looks like your friend has developed stress induced acute psychotic episodes. Olanzapine is an effective medication in this situation. 2.5 mg daily is a small dose only; it is not too much ( usual dose can go up to 10 to 20 mg daily). Encou... Read Full »
I have headache, cramps, nausea, bad morning sickness and taking Olanzapine. Kindly advise.
Query: Hello doctor, I have headache, cramps, nausea, bad morning sickness, back pain, hunger, feel light headed. I am taking Olanzapine and Zyprexa. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The symptoms that you mentioned are common side-effects of Olanzapine (Zyprexa). Please, do your best to tolerate the side-effects especially in the beginning of therapy (if you just started taking the medicines) as in some situations the side effects decrease in intensit... Read Full »
Can Olanzapine and Dicorate be continued in pregnant woman with bipolar disorder?
Query: Hello doctor,My sister is suffering from bipolar disorder for the last 10 years and is presently in stable condition with Olanzapine 2.5 mg and Dicorate 250 mg one tablet each per day during night. However, recently she came to know about her pregnancy and her doctor asked her to check with a psychi... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. First of all, I would like to inform you that Dicorate (Divalproex sodium) should be avoided as far as possible during pregnancy. This is because of neural tube defects caused in offspring during pregnancy. The above statement is very important during the first trimeste... Read Full »
My daughter has psychosis after dental extraction and was on Olanzapine tablet, which was discontinued due to irregular heartbeat and low oxygen. Why?
Query: Hi doctor, My 17-year-old daughter has had psychosis for the past five weeks since she had dental surgery. She never had a psychotic episode during previous dental extractions. She is currently in a mental health facility and was on tablet Olanzapine for a few days. It was discontinued because she h... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. The tablet Olanzapine is one of the best antipsychotic drugs. Olanzapine does not cause low oxygen and irregular heartbeat. I suggest your daughter continue the tablet after consulting a physician, and if required the doctor might suggest a... Read Full »
Can antidepressants cause loss of libido?
Query: Hi doctor, I am 19 years old. I do not have any sexual desire or libido. I am not getting normal erection. I have done a hormonal test to see if something is wrong. Currently, I am on antidepressant. The clinic said that the results are normal. But, I have a feeling that something must be there. ... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your submitted blood work (attachment removed to protect patient identity) looks normal. I do have some questions for you though. Did you have normal puberty as compared to your peers such as height, shaving, pubic hair, etc? Did you have normal sexual desire and li... Read Full »
I had an episode of blackout when I was drunken. Should I continue the Olanzapine?
Query: Hello doctor, Almost two years back, I was diagnosed with psychosis. I improved in two months after taking treatment. I took medicine (Olanzapine) for nearly 9 to 10 months then I stopped taking the medication as I recovered from it completely. I did not consult doctors. Still, my condition is good... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Psychosis should not be taken lightly because psychosis is a term that reflects a variety of explanation like it may be schizophrenia, it may be due to depression, may be secondary to alcohol or any other condition, so diagnosis is very important, that your primary doc... Read Full »