Olanzapine

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 to help my extremely depressed and angry mom?

Query: Hi doctor, My mom is extremely depressed and showing the anger towards my dad with the wrong assumptions. She is not at all listening to our words. Whenever we advise on this, she is showing abnormal anger, which is unusual. I tried to take her to a psychiatrist, but she is not ready to come. She ha...  Read Full »


Dr. Parth Singh

Psychiatrist, Psychologist Counsellor, Sexologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. First of all we need to establish whether she is really suffering from depression or any other mental illness. It is quite common to label all mental illnesses as depression. We diagnose a person as a patient of depression if the following symptoms are present for most of...  Read Full »

For schizophrenia, what medications should be taken without it affecting the professional life?

Query: I have schizophrenia and am on medication. My query relates to how much of medication to have that it has least impact on my professional life. My earlier symptoms related to auditory hallucinations and these were handled through medication and a visit to the rehab for 4 months, last year. I am cu...  Read Full »


Dr. Parth Nagda

Psychiatrist

Answer: Hello sir. Thanks for your detailed query. I would like to know first that do you have any symptoms still? Or are you doing completely well with the medicines..i guess you've mentioned for the past year you've been doing fine. So im assuming you don't have any symptoms now. Also you've mentioned a...  Read Full »

Will Olanzapine help in delusion and behavioral change in elderly?

Query: Hello doctor, This is about a 71-year-old male. Psychiatrist said that a plain CT scan and another CT scan should be taken with contrast, but after four attempts they could not create channel in his veins, so contrast CT scan of the brain was not done. Plain CT scan of the brain showed: Cortical ...  Read Full »


Dr. Parth Nagda

Psychiatrist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The symptoms you have described, of paranoid ideation, suspiciousness, restlessness, decreased sleep are all indicative of a psychotic type of illness, most probably schizophrenia. It will require treatment from a psychiatrist with antipsychotic medicines. Olanzapin...  Read Full »

Is it necessary to take Olanzapine for depressive personality disorder?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a guy , 23 years old and I was suffering kind of social anxiety in my childhood and in my teenage and that is why I visited a psychiatrist when I was 18 years old, five years ago and he prescipted me zoloft 50 and olanzapine 2.5 without telling me the exact problem and by starting t...  Read Full »


Dr. Ruhi Satija

Psychiatrist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I do understand the confusion, Olanzapine is an antipsychotic , that is why you are concerned. But a dose of Olanzapine upto 5 mg is often added with antidepressant to help with initial control of severe symptoms. It can be stopped after a while. But now that you have m...  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 »


Dr. Suresh Kumar G D

Child Health Specialist, Paediatrician, Psychiatrist

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 »

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 »


Dr. Ruhi Satija

Psychiatrist

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 »

Is it normal to sleep for long hours after taking Zyprexa?

Query: Hi doctor, I take on a daily basic- 100 mg Ixel, 60 mg Paxet, 0.5 mg Clonazapem. My psychiatrist told me to take 5 mg of Zyprexa in cases of SOS. I do not have any psychotic symptoms. He told me it was meant to knock me down, so I could have relief from stress and I could sleep. I took this pill (f...  Read Full »


Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Psychiatrist, Sexologist, Psychotherapist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your problem. You are on high dose of Paroxetine and are also taking Milnacipran, Clonazepam and if even with these medicines the symptoms are persisting, then there is no harm in adding a low dose antipsychotic drug like Olanzapine. Olanzapine in l...  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 »


Dr. Aneel Kumar

Psychiatrist

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 d...  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 »


Dr. Philip Shenouda

Family Physician, General Practitioner, Internal Medicine Physician

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 intens...  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 »


Dr. Bindiya Thakkar

Diabetologist, Endocrinologist

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 »

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