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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the medication Zyprexa® (olanzapine) for the treatment of both schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. As an atypical antipsychotic, it works by blocking or lessening the effects of several chemicals in the brain. These chemicals (such as dopamine and serotonin) may be elevated in people with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.
Keep in mind that this drug can only help control symptoms. Zyprexa is not a cure for either of these conditions. Most people tolerate the medicine well, but side effects are possible; common ones include dizziness, constipation, weight gain, and dry mouth.
(Click Zyprexa to learn more about this medication, including whether it is available in generic form, what to do if you miss a dose or take too much, and what to do if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.)
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