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olanzapine (injection) (cont.)

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before receiving olanzapine injection (Zyprexa, ZyPREXA Relprevv)?

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 should not receive this medication if you are allergic to olanzapine.

If possible before you receive olanzapine injection, tell your doctor if you have:

  • heart disease;
  • congestive heart failure;
  • a heart rhythm disorder;
  • a history of heart attack or stroke; or
  • if you are also using a sedative such as Valium.

FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether olanzapine injection will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.

Olanzapine can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. You may need to stop breast-feeding for a short time after receiving an olanzapine injection. Follow your doctor's instructions.

In an emergency situation, it may not be possible before you are treated with olanzapine to tell your caregivers if you are pregnant or breast feeding. Make sure any doctor caring for your pregnancy or your baby knows you have received this medicine.

How is olanzapine injection given (Zyprexa, ZyPREXA Relprevv)?

Olanzapine is injected into a muscle. You will receive this injection in a clinic or hospital setting.

An olanzapine injection is usually given only once. If you still have symptoms after 2 hours, your caregivers may use a second or third dose.

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