Zyprexa for Children
Zyprexa® (olanzapine) is a prescription medication used for the treatment of conditions such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. It is a type of antipsychotic medication and works by affecting certain brain chemicals.
Zyprexa is approved to treat schizophrenia and acute episodes of bipolar mania or mixed episodes in adolescents age 13 to 17 years old. It is also approved for use in combination with fluoxetine for treating depressive episodes associated with bipolar disorder in children age 10 and older.
If you are considering using Zyprexa for your child, make sure to talk to your healthcare provider about the potential risks of this medication.
(Click Zyprexa Uses for more details on children and Zyprexa. This article takes a closer look at bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, and explains how Zyprexa can be an effective treatment for these conditions in adults.)