OLANZAPINE (oh LAN za peen) is used to treat schizophrenia, psychotic disorders, and bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder is also known as manic-depression.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
breast cancer or history or breast cancer
diabetes mellitus, high blood sugar or a family history of diabetes
heart disease, irregular heartbeat, or previous heart attack
history of brain tumor or head injury
kidney or liver disease
low blood pressure or dizziness when standing up
suicidal thoughts, plans, or attempt by you or a family member
an unusual or allergic reaction to olanzapine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I use this medicine?
Take this medicine by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Leave the tablet in the foil package until you are ready to take it. Do not push the tablet through the blister pack. Peel open the package with dry hands and place the tablet on your tongue. The tablet will dissolve rapidly and be swallowed in your saliva. While you may take these tablets with food or water, it is not necessary to do so. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take it more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on the advice of your doctor or health care professional.
A special MedGuide will be given to you by the pharmacist with each new prescription and refill. Be sure to read this information carefully each time.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 13 years for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
What may interact with this medicine?
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
certain antibiotics like grepafloxacin and sparfloxacin
certain phenothiazines like chlorpromazine, mesoridazine, and thioridazine
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
levodopa and other medicines for Parkinson's disease
medicines for diabetes
medicines for high blood pressure
medicines for mental depression, anxiety, other mood disorders, or sleeping problems
Note: This information is not intended to cover all possible uses, precautions, interactions, or adverse effects for this drug. If you have question about the drug(s) you are taking, check with your health care professional.