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   Posted 11/21/2009 5:12 PM (GMT -6)   
they have put me on olanzapine. im not sure if this is the right treatment for me. i just read up on it and it is used for bi polar disorder and schizophrenia. i was not told they was going to put me on this. what should i do?

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   Posted 11/21/2009 6:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I personally would ask for an explanation, perhaps they're not sure what direction to go in medication, and your reaction to this one will give them a better idea... just a thought
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   Posted 11/21/2009 6:08 PM (GMT -6)   
By the sound of it olanzapine is also used for depression. I take a mood stabilizer called abilify that is also an antipsychotic. So I wouldn't worry too much. Olanzapine is also known as Zyprexa. I hope that this works for you. As was stated in the above post, sometimes the doc has to try different things to see which way to go. I took many different antidepressants before I found what was right for me.

Best wishes with this medication.

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   Posted 11/21/2009 9:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Londondude1,
Hope ur doing better now?? I was put on OLANZAPINE/ZYPREXA when i was in the Pshyc Unit last year and when they gave it to me i asked what is was for as they just said take this Beverley it will help you. Anyway i took 1 and about an hour later i fell into the deepest sleep in a chair and the nurses said i was out for abou 6 hrs. I continued to take it while i was an inpatient but the whole time i felt like a walking zombie and i could not stop"eating" anything i could get my hand's on?? It's an anti-pshycotic which they normally use to shut people up when they are in the ward!!!! When i got out of there i stopped it imediately as i couldn't even drive without nodding,but the worst part for me was the constant eating and weight gain. But this may not happen with you as we are all different when it comes to any med's. I truly hope ur feeling better and hope this work's for you!!!! Look after ur self DUDE>>>>
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   Posted 11/21/2009 9:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Londondude.
I am diagnosed with Major Depression and Anxiety.  And about a year and a half ago, my therapist/A.P.R.N. had me try Zyprexa for my mood swings.  It honestly was the best thing I have ever taken for keeping me focused and even with my moods.  However, my focus time was usually in late afternoons or early evenings.  The rest of the time I was either passed out sleeping or eating -- hence, extra pounds were put on.
I only took the medicine for about 2.5 months.  I have two children and simply could not keep sleeping life away.  But then again, now that I think, I could have asked and tried to lower the dose slightly too for a better balance.
Think it through.  Perhaps it might work well for you.

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   Posted 11/22/2009 4:50 AM (GMT -6)   
yes london, it is an anti-psychotic for the treatment of psychotic disorders perse. yes mainly for schizophrenia, schizo-affective and borderline disorders as well. was on it a long time ago for a long stretch. yes it dulled me, less potent than largactil, albeit very sedating. yeah munchies and weight gain. works very well foe some and different for others. seek dr's comments of why he/she has prescribed this for you. all the best. jamie.

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