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