Zyprexa® (olanzapine) is an antipsychotic medication licensed to treat bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. It comes in regular tablet form and is available by prescription only. An orally disintegrating tablet form of Zyprexa is also available (sold by the name Zyprexa Zydis®).
Zyprexa comes in six different strengths, ranging from 2.5 mg to 20 mg. Your healthcare provider will recommend an appropriate dosage for your situation based on your age, the condition being treated, and other factors.
The recommended starting Zyprexa dosage for treating manic or mixed episodes in bipolar disorder is 10 mg to 15 mg once daily. Once your bipolar symptoms are improved, your healthcare provider may choose to stop treatment or keep you on Zyprexa at doses of 5 mg to 20 mg per day. The recommended starting dose for treating schizophrenia is 5 mg to 10 mg once daily. If your symptoms do not improve, your healthcare provider may adjust your dosage as needed.
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