When Does Zyprexa Start Working?

Zyprexa® (olanzapine) is an antipsychotic medication approved for the treatment of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. It comes in tablet form and is typically taken once a day (injectable forms are also available). Some people taking Zyprexa may wonder, "When does it start working?"
For the treatment of schizophrenia, most people start taking oral Zyprexa 5 mg or 10 mg tablets once a day. If you start at less than 10 mg daily, your healthcare provider may increase the dose to 10 mg within the first few days. Your condition should improve around this time. If your symptoms continue or if side effects occur, your healthcare provider may increase or decrease your dosage as needed.
The recommended starting oral Zyprexa dose for treating manic or mixed episodes in bipolar disorder is 10 mg to 15 mg once daily. If bipolar disorder symptoms continue after several weeks, your healthcare provider may increase the dosage. Once Zyprexa starts working and your bipolar symptoms are improved, your healthcare provider may choose to stop the Zyprexa or keep you on Zyprexa at doses of 5 mg to 20 mg per day.
(Click Zyprexa Dosage for more information on when the drug starts to work, for more detailed dosing guidelines for this drug, and to find out what factors your healthcare provider will consider before making dosage recommendations.)
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