ZYPREXA is used to treat psychotic conditions such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder (manic depression) and it works by changing the actions of chemicals in the brain.
Medication must always be taken as advised by your medical practitioner/physician. If you are unsure, then please contact your physician for precise instructions. On the other hand, the medicine label usually contains dosage instructions which also may be followed.
ZYPREXA may be taken by mouth with a meal or without a meal to prevent stomach problems.
Medications are prescribed according to a dosage schedule which must be completed in order to reap the benefits of the treatment. Lapsed schedules render ZYPREXA ineffective. So, never stop in between unless advised by your physician.
One of the best ways to ensure that you do not miss out on a dose is to maintain a fixed regime for consuming ZYPREXA each day.
Drug Class and Mechanism
ZYPREXA falls under antipsychotic medication and it works by changing the actions of chemicals in the brain.
You must maintain a schedule for taking the medicine at the same time each day so that you do not miss out on any doses. But, in the advent of a missed dose, take it as soon as you remember so that you can compensate for the loss of the dose.
But, then you may need to adjust your remaining doses accordingly. And if it is almost time for the next dose, then please skip the missed dose and continue with the normal schedule.
Never try to compensate for the missed dose by taking a double dose together. It may cause adverse effects.
ZYPREXA must be stored at a cool and dark place that prevents it from direct exposure to sunlight. It should also be protected from kids and pets. You can store it at room temperature between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C).
If you are allergic to any ingredient in ZYPREXA (you may check medicine label) then please do not use it without consulting your doctor.
In some cases, the medication might be altered or require special attention like
if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
if you have a history of seizures, heart problems (eg, heart failure; fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat), abnormal electrocardiogram (ECG), heart attack, stroke, blood vessel problems, high blood cholesterol levels, or high or low blood pressure
if you have a history of liver problems, stomach or bowel problems (eg, decreased muscle movement), enlarged prostate, narrow-angle glaucoma, neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS), aspiration pneumonia, or suicidal thoughts or attempts
if you have Alzheimer disease, dementia, or trouble swallowing
if you have diabetes or are very overweight, or if a family member has had diabetes
if you have had high blood prolactin levels or a history of certain types of cancer (eg, breast, pancreas, pituitary), or if you are at risk for breast cancer
if you are dehydrated, drink alcohol, or smoke, or you will be exposed to high temperatures
Certain medicines may interact with this drug like
Alpha blockers (eg, doxazosin), diazepam, or medicine for high blood pressure because the risk of low blood pressure and fainting may be increased
Anticholinergics (eg, scopolamine), fluvoxamine, or lorazepam because they may increase the risk of Zyprexa 's side effects
Carbamazepine, HIV protease inhibitors (eg, ritonavir), omeprazole, or rifampin because they may decrease Zyprexa 's effectiveness
Dopamine receptor agonists (eg, pramipexole) or levodopa because their effectiveness may be decreased by Zyprexa
If you are planning to have a baby or are pregnant already then you must seek advice from your doctor before using ZYPREXA. Discuss the effects and possible risks that ZYPREXA usage may have on the unborn baby.
If you are breast feeding your child, then too seek medical advice before using ZYPREXA. Some drugs may be excreted in the breast milk and may harm the baby.