used to treat certain mental/mood conditions (such as schizophrenia, bipolar
disorder). It may also be used in combination with other medication to
treat depression. This medication can help to decrease hallucinations and
help you to think more clearly and positively about yourself, feel less
agitated, and take a more active part in everyday life.
belongs to a class of drugs called atypical antipsychotics. It works by helping
to restore the balance of certain natural substances in the brain.
to the doctor about the risks and benefits of treatment (especially when used
by teenagers). See also Precautions section.
Drowsiness, dizziness, lightheadedness, stomach upset, dry
mouth, constipation, increased appetite, or weight gain may
occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
and lightheadedness can increase the risk of falling. Get up slowly
when rising from a sitting or lying position.
that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has
judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many
people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including:
difficulty swallowing, shaking (tremor), slow heartbeat, fainting,
mental/mood changes (such as confusion, restlessness), numbness/tingling of
arms/legs, yellowing eyes/skin, severe stomach/abdominal pain,
trouble urinating, interrupted breathing during sleep.
drug may rarely make your blood sugar rise, which can cause or
worsen diabetes. Tell your doctor right away if you have symptoms of
high blood sugar such as increased thirst/urination. If you already
have diabetes, check your blood sugar regularly as directed and
share the results with your doctor. Your doctor may need to adjust your
diabetes medication, exercise program, or diet.
drug may also cause significant weight gain and a rise in your blood cholesterol (or triglyceride)
levels, especially in teenagers. These effects, along with diabetes, may
increase your risk for developing heart disease. Discuss the risks and
benefits of treatment with your doctor. (See also Notes section.)
rarely cause a condition known as tardive dyskinesia. In some cases, this
condition may be permanent. Tell your doctor right away if you develop any
unusual/uncontrolled movements (especially of the face, lips, mouth, tongue,
arms or legs).
medication may increase a certain natural substance (prolactin) made by your
body. For females, this increase in prolactin may result in
unwanted breast milk, missed/stopped periods, or difficulty
becoming pregnant. For males, it may result in decreased sexual ability,
inability to produce sperm, or enlarged breasts. If you develop any
of these symptoms, tell your doctor right away.
medical help right away if you have any very serious side effects,
medication may rarely cause a very serious condition called neuroleptic
malignant syndrome (NMS). Get medical help right away if you have any of
the following symptoms: fever, muscle stiffness/pain/tenderness/weakness,
severe tiredness, severe confusion, sweating, fast/irregular heartbeat, dark
urine, signs of kidney problems (such as change in the amount of
very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get
medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic
reaction, including: fever, swollen lymph nodes, rash, itching/swelling
(especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble
is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects
not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
taking olanzapine, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are
allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may
contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other
problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical
history, especially of: liver problems, seizures, difficulty
swallowing, low white blood cell count, dementia, difficulty
urinating (for example, due to enlarged prostate), glaucoma (narrow
angle), stomach/intestinal disease (such as blockage, paralytic
ileus), smoking, personal or family history of diabetes, heart
disease, high cholesterol/triglyceride levels, breathing trouble
during sleep (sleep apnea).
drug may make you dizzy or drowsy. Alcohol or marijuana (cannabis)
can make you more dizzy or drowsy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything
that needs alertness until you can do it safely. Avoid alcoholic beverages.
Talk to your doctor if you are using marijuana (cannabis).
having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products
you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal
medication may make you sweat less, making you more likely to get heat
stroke. Avoid doing things that may cause you to overheat, such as hard work
or exercise in hot weather, or using hot tubs. When the weather is
hot, drink a lot of fluids and dress lightly. If you overheat, quickly look for
a place to cool down and rest. Get medical help right away if you have a fever
that does not go away, mental/mood changes, headache, or dizziness.
may be more sensitive to the side effects of this drug, especially weight gain,
and also increased amounts of cholesterol, triglycerides, and prolactin.
See also Side Effects section for more details.
adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of this drug, especially
drowsiness, constipation, trouble urinating, confusion, dizziness,
and lightheadedness. Drowsiness, confusion, dizziness, and lightheadedness can
increase the risk of falling.
this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Babies born to mothers
who have used this drug during the last 3 months of pregnancy may
rarely develop symptoms including muscle stiffness or shakiness, drowsiness,
feeding/breathing difficulties, or constant crying. If you notice any of these
symptoms in your newborn especially during their first month, tell
the doctor right away.
untreated mental/mood problems (such as schizophrenia, bipolar
disorder, depression) can be a serious condition, do not stop taking this
medication unless directed by your doctor. If you are planning pregnancy,
become pregnant, or think you may be pregnant, immediately discuss with
your doctor the benefits and risks of using this medication during pregnancy.
drug passes into breast milk and may have undesirable effects on a
nursing infant. Tell the doctor right away if your baby develops symptoms
such as muscle stiffness or shakiness, unusual sleepiness, or difficulty
feeding. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
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