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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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My sister is pregnant. Can she continue bipolar treatment?

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 psych...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashok Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 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 »

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. Kin...  Read Full »

Dr. Bindiya Thakkar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 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 »

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

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 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 »

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

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 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 »

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

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 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 »

Why does my mother get hyper for no reason?

Query: Hello doctor, My mother gets hyper for no reason. She keeps repeating things over and over again. She gets too upset easily. She has a high blood pressure, thyroid problems, as well as migraine. But, she takes medicines only for her thyroid issues. Can you tell me what she should do?  Read Full »

Dr. Manjunadh M

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Symptoms you described could be part of a depressive disorder. It is difficult to confirm with out knowing more details. What is her age? Is she under any kind of stress? Since when do you observe these behavioral changes? How is her sleep? Is she dull most of the ti...  Read Full »

I am experiencing twitching of my eyelids for years now. What are they?

Query: Hello doctor, Some symptoms have been bothering me for years. They are like ticks or pulses that can occur anywhere in the body, such as in the eyelid. When I was about 20 years old, I would stay up late on the computer and I started to feel like there were rays in my head that closed my left eye. I...  Read Full »

Dr. Florilyn Joyce Chulsi Bentrez

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. Is it present even when you sleep well? Is your stress level more than usual, interfering with your sleep and mood? Are you worried or depressed? What are your other medical conditions? The first line of treatment is s...  Read Full »

I am on Olanzapine and Fluoxetine for anxiety issues. Is it safe?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 32-year-old male who had foot surgery in September. I am non-weight bearing and on bed rest, which has caused severe anxiety, panic attacks, dizziness, and restlessness. I have tried talking to family and meditation but found no relief. My healthcare provider prescribed Clonazep...  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understood your concern. You can take one capsule of Fluoxetine 20 mg daily in the morning and a tablet of Clonazepam 0.25 mg twice a day. The Clonazepam will provide relief until the full effect of Fluoxetine sets in. It takes about four weeks f...  Read Full »

I am taking medications for depression, but I am having night terrors and sweats. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a history of antidepressant-induced psychosis once, and LSD-induced psychosis. And depression on and off for a long time. I have been on Effexor XR 225 mg for six to eight weeks, slowly increasing over six weeks. Lithium 250 mg, I have added Olanzapine 2.5 mg now 5 mg at night and ...  Read Full »

Dr. Ramchandra Lamba

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Sometimes, an increased dose of tablet Olanzapine (an antipsychotic medication) can cause you these side effects. You need to reduce the medicine dose back to 2.5 mg. Also, keep a watch on your weight and blood sugar, as this can also be increased. I would suggest you t...  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

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 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 »

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