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Medications and Drugs

Brand Names: Zyprexa, Zyprexa Zydis

Generic Name: olanzapine (oral) (Pronunciation: oh LANZ a peen)

What is olanzapine (Zyprexa, Zyprexa Zydis)?

Olanzapine is an antipsychotic medication that affects chemicals in the brain.

Olanzapine is used to treat the symptoms of psychotic conditions such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder (manic depression) in adults and children who are at least 13 years old.

Olanzapine is sometimes used together with other antipsychotic medications or antidepressants.

Olanzapine may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Olanzapine 10 mg-APO

round, white, imprinted with APO, OLA 10

Olanzapine 10 mg-TEV

round, white, imprinted with TEVA, 5770

Olanzapine 15 mg-APO

oval, blue, imprinted with APO, OLA 15

Olanzapine 15 mg-TEV

oblong, blue, imprinted with TEVA, 5771

Olanzapine 2.5 mg-APO

round, white, imprinted with APO, OLA 2.5

Olanzapine 2.5 mg-TEV

round, white, imprinted with TEVA, 5767

Olanzapine 20 mg-APO

oval, pink, imprinted with APO, OLA 20

Olanzapine 20 mg-TEV

oval, white, imprinted with R 20, 0168

Olanzapine 5 mg-APO

round, white, imprinted with APO, OLA 5

Olanzapine 5 mg-TEV

round, white, imprinted with TEVA, 5768

Olanzapine 7.5 mg-APO

round, white, imprinted with APO, OLA 7.5

Olanzapine 7.5 mg-TEV

round, white, imprinted with TEVA, 5769

Olanzapine ODT 10 mg-APO

round, yellow, imprinted with APO, OL 10

Olanzapine ODT 15 mg-APO

round, yellow, imprinted with APO, OL 15

Olanzapine ODT 20 mg-APO

round, yellow, imprinted with APO, OL 20

Olanzapine ODT 5 mg-APO

round, yellow, imprinted with APO, OL 5

Zyprexa 10 mg

round, white, imprinted with LILLY 4117

Zyprexa 15 mg

oval, blue, imprinted with LILLY 4415

Zyprexa 2.5 mg

round, white, imprinted with LILLY 4112

Zyprexa 20 mg

oval, pink, imprinted with LILLY 4420

Zyprexa 5 mg

round, white, imprinted with LILLY 4115

Zyprexa 7.5 mg

round, white, imprinted with LILLY 4116

Zyprexa Zydis 10 mg

round, yellow, imprinted with 10

Zyprexa Zydis 5 mg

round, yellow, imprinted with 5

What are the possible side effects of olanzapine (Zyprexa, Zyprexa Zydis)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using olanzapine and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

  • very stiff (rigid) muscles, high fever, tremors, sweating, confusion, fast or uneven heartbeats, slow heart rate, feeling like you might pass out;
  • twitching or uncontrollable movements of your eyes, lips, tongue, face, arms, or legs;
  • trouble speaking or swallowing;
  • dry mouth, thirst, feeling very hot (with or without sweating), urinating less than usual or not at all;
  • high blood sugar (increased thirst, loss of appetite, fruity breath odor, increased urination, drowsiness, dry skin, nausea, and vomiting);
  • sudden numbness or weakness, confusion, or problems with vision, speech, or balance;
  • fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms, sores in your mouth and throat;
  • swelling in your hands or feet;
  • changes in personality, unusual thoughts or behavior, hallucinations, or thoughts about hurting yourself; or
  • upper stomach pain, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).

Less serious side effects may include:

  • weight gain (more likely in teenagers), increased appetite;
  • headache, dizziness, drowsiness, feeling tired or restless;
  • memory problems;
  • stomach pain, constipation, loss of bladder control;
  • back pain, pain in your arms or legs;
  • numbness or tingly feeling;
  • breast swelling or discharge (in women or men); or
  • missed menstrual periods.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about olanzapine (Zyprexa, Zyprexa Zydis)?

Olanzapine is not for use in psychotic conditions related to dementia. Olanzapine may cause heart failure, sudden death, or pneumonia in older adults with dementia-related conditions.

You may gain weight or have high cholesterol and triglycerides (types of fat) while taking this medicine, especially if you are a teenager. Your blood may need to be tested often. Visit your doctor regularly.

Olanzapine can cause high blood sugar (hyperglycemia). If you are diabetic, check your blood sugar levels on a regular basis while you are taking olanzapine.

Olanzapine may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert.

Avoid getting up too fast from a sitting or lying position, or you may feel dizzy. Get up slowly and steady yourself to prevent a fall.

Avoid drinking alcohol while taking olanzapine.

Avoid becoming overheated or dehydrated. Drink plenty of fluids, especially in hot weather and during exercise. It is easier to become dangerously overheated and dehydrated while you are taking olanzapine.



Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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