Zyprexa Indications

Zyprexa® (olanzapine) is a prescription drug known as an atypical antipsychotic. It is approved to treat certain mental illnesses. The primary indications for Zyprexa include the treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
 
Zyprexa can help improve the symptoms of schizophrenia. It also helps to prevent schizophrenia relapses (worsening of the condition); however, Zyprexa is not a cure for schizophrenia.
 
The medication is approved 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. It can be used by itself or with other bipolar disorder medications, such as lithium (Eskalith®, Lithobid®) or valproate products (Depakene®, Depakote®, Depakote ER®). It is also approved to treat depressive episodes of bipolar disorder when used in combination with fluoxetine (Prozac®).
 
On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend Zyprexa for something other than the conditions discussed above. This is called an "off-label" use. Some off-label uses of the drug include:
 
  • Treatment of behavior problems in elderly people with dementia
  • Treatment of other behavior problems
  • Treating cluster headaches.
     
(Click Zyprexa Uses for more information about the approved uses of Zyprexa, to learn about the benefits of combining this drug with fluoxetine, and to find out if this medicine is suitable for children.)
 
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