What Is Zyprexa Used For?

Zyprexa® (olanzapine) is a prescription medication approved for the treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. It can also be used in combination with fluoxetine to treat bipolar depression and treatment-resistant depression.
Zyprexa can help improve the symptoms of schizophrenia and prevent relapses (worsening of schizophrenia). It is also licensed to treat acute episodes of mania or mixed episodes (which involve symptoms of both mania and depression). Zyprexa is also approved for continued use once the acute episode has improved.
Healthcare provider may occasionally recommend Zyprexa for something other than the mental illnesses discussed above. This is called an "off-label" use. Some examples of off-label Zyprexa uses include:
  • Treatment of behavior problems in elderly people with dementia
  • Treatment of other behavior problems
  • Treating cluster headaches.
(Click Zyprexa Uses for more information on what the drug is used for, to learn about Zyprexa's use in children, and to find out more about the symptoms and causes of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.)
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