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Brand name: Zyprexa

Zyprexa contains the active ingredient olanzapine. It is only available with a doctor’s prescription.

Zyprexa is used to treat symptoms of schizophrenia and related mental illnesses. Schizophrenia causes disturbances in thinking, feelings and behaviour.

Zyprexa can also be used to treat and prevent manic episodes of bipolar I disorder, which is another type of mental illness. People with bipolar I disorder have extreme moods, both extremely high and extremely ‘low’.

Zyprexa belongs to a group of medicines called antipsychotics. It works by correcting chemical imbalances in the brain. This helps to keep your mood more even.

Zyprexa is available as tablets and wafers. The tablets should be swallowed whole with a glass of water. The wafers are very fragile and should be handled gently. They can be taken directly in the mouth or in a drink.

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Active ingredient in this medicine: olanzapine

Over 65 years of age?

If you are over 65 years of age, there may be specific risks and recommendations for use of this medicine. Please discuss your individual circumstances with your pharmacist, doctor or health professional. For more information read our page on medication safety for older people.

Pack size information

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Information for medicine and pack size:
Zyprexa 7.5 mg film-coated tablet, 28

Consumer Medicine Information leaflet:

This leaflet may also be found inside the medicine package. It contains information on side effects, age restrictions and other useful data.

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What this medicine is for

Zyprexa is indicated for the treatment of schizophrenia and related psychoses. Zyprexa alone or in combination with lithium or valproate is indicated for the short-term treatment of acute manic episodes associated with Bipolar I Disorder. Zyprexa is indicated for preventing recurrence of manic, mixed or depressive episodes in Bipolar I Disorder.

Table of characteristics
Table of characteristics
Active ingredient
Visual appearance round. white, film coated tablet that are inprinted on a single side with "Lilly" and identicode"4116"

Images are the copyright of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia

Dosage Form Tablet, film coated
Route of administration Oral
Medicine schedule
28 tablets: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy
7 tablets: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy

There is one type of pack available.

Pack type 1
Pack type 1
Type Blister Pack
Storage temperature Store below 25 degrees Celsius
Storage conditions Protect from Light
Life time 3 Years
This medicine was verified as being available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) on 1 November 2017

The PBS provides a list of government subsidised medicines available to be dispensed to patients. Further information can be found on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme website.

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