There are certain dangers associated with Zyprexa® (olanzapine) that you should be aware of before starting the medication. For example, the drug can cause a life-threatening condition called neuroleptic malignant syndrome. Zyprexa may also increase your risk of developing diabetes, seizures, or tardive dyskinesia (a potentially permanent condition involving uncontrollable body or face movements).
There are also a number of common side effects that have been reported with Zyprexa. These problems are often not dangerous but can be bothersome. Some of these common side effects include increased appetite, constipation, insomnia, and dizziness.
In order to help minimize risks with Zyprexa, dangers associated with the medicine should be reviewed with your healthcare provider before treatment begins. You should also talk to your healthcare provider before using this drug if you have:
- An enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH)
- A history of bowel blockage or obstruction
- Liver, kidney, or heart problems
- Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia
- Low blood pressure (orthostatic hypotension)
- Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
(Click Zyprexa Side Effects and Zyprexa Warnings and Precautions to learn more about the potential dangers of Zyprexa, to find out what other side effects may occur, and for information on who should not use this particular medication.)