Zyprexa Relprevv Uses

How Does It Work?

Zyprexa Relprevv belongs to a group of medicines known as atypical antipsychotics (also called second-generation antipsychotics). It is thought to work by blocking the action of dopamine, a neurotransmitter (chemical) in the brain that is believed to be elevated in people with schizophrenia. Like other atypical antipsychotics, Zyprexa Relprevv also blocks the action of serotonin, another brain chemical that may be involved in schizophrenia symptoms. By blocking dopamine and serotonin, Zyprexa Relprevv helps restore the natural balance of these chemicals in the brain.
 
Zyprexa Relprevv is given as an injection into a muscle. After each dose, the medication leaves the body slowly, allowing for once- or twice-a-month dosing.
 

Is It Safe for Children to Use Zyprexa Relprevv?

This drug is not approved for use in children (usually defined as individuals younger than age 18). Adolescents who are treated with Zyprexa Relprevv are likely to gain more weight, have more sedation, and have a higher increase in their blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels than adults. They are also at risk for a greater increase in prolactin levels (prolactin is a hormone in the body) and in certain liver enzymes.
 
Talk with your child's healthcare provider about the particular benefits and risks of using Zyprexa Relprevv in children.
 

Can Older Adults Use It?

Older adults may be more sensitive to certain Zyprexa Relprevv side effects, including movement disorders. In clinical studies, antipsychotic medications, such as Zyprexa Relprevv, increased the risk for strokes and death in older adults with psychosis (being out of touch with reality) related to dementia. No antipsychotic, including Zyprexa Relprevv, is approved to treat dementia or psychosis related to dementia.
 
Like other antipsychotics, Zyprexa Relprevv should be used cautiously in older individuals.
 
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