Average Rating: 2.5 (575 Ratings)

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 5  anxity ocd and minor bp very good drug worth the weight gain for the good results F 27 30 days
10 1X D
 1  Insomnia Inexplicable loss of weight, lost ability to sleep (wrecked sleep cicle), anhedonia, no libido, no orgasm, cant feel pleasure or excitation. This DRUG gave me a lactose intolerance. Only way to stop it is doing a slow taper (see the Asthon Manual for how to do it) with compounding pills and doing a specific diet. M 33 1.5 years
10 1X D
 3  Psychotic Depression At the maximum dose of 20mg I experienced heart palpitations and an irregular heart beat, particularly at night which left me almost unable to sleep at all. In general and at lower doses I experienced: -Weight gain, I must have put on just over a stone, I was borderline underweight before this, but have lost a considerable amount of weight since higher doses. -I have read a lot about reduced brain function and cortical thinning from prolonged use of this drug and can say my memory and concentration are a lot worse and I am finding it hard to re-enter software engineering as a career because I cannot concentrate properly or respond to complicated interview questions quite so well. -I feel a sense of slight muscle twitching also. I took many varieties of Olanzapine including Zyprexa for a long while as or dispersible tablets. This was taken to treat hallucinations, delusions and strange things coworkers were saying that I experienced at work (obviously a government conspiracy against me given I was waiting for a secret level security clearance, jokes). I'm still taking 2.5 milligrams of Olanzapine every other day and I am due to stop taking the drug altogether next month - yay! I have not experienced any severe hallucinations or delusions since I was last hospitalised and have since had some stable work in factories performing manual labour. Don't mention taking olanzapine to potential employers. M 27 9 months
2.5-20mg 1X D
 2   I'm going crazy Coming off of this medicine going on one month on June 12th. It's been hell of a ride to say the least!! Had I known what I know now I would have never touched more than 2.5 mg. First ten days off I was ok. After that not getting rest, I'm barely sleeping it reminds me when I become manic, I'm taking another medication to control my symptoms.how long can one possibly go without having Full adequate sleep a night? Without causing health problems, Such as stroke, heart problems? Variables to consider... Taking melatonin sometimes it knocks me out other times I just lay there exhausted, but cannot go to sleep! Anyone have solutions, or going through this please contact me 0 days
1X D
 3   It helped calm me down when needed, slowed me down, and controlled my paranoia/delusions. Be aware of this medication once you quit, or lower it. Say goodbye to sleep? your sleep is f***ed up for a while! I hadn't slept in close to a week to ten days. once I got off maybe a hour or two tops! That alone can make you go ! It takes some people many months for the neurotransmitters to reset again once off this medication. Take at your own risk!! and do thorough research before starting. Weight gain, fatigue, possible TD, control symptoms. 31 0 days
1X D
 3  Bipolar Depression and Insomnia Sleepiness, a little weight gain, zombie-like state, loss of feeling/creativity (not good for an artist) I wouldn't say its a bad medication, I like its benefits such as helping me sleep well and relieving the depression I had. Its just a major downside that I no longer feel as lively as I used to. I will seek better alternatives for myself. F 23 5 months
10mg 1X D
 4  Anxiety, racing thoughts Weight gain, sleep a lot Has helped decrease racing thoughts, used to be on a higher dose but appetite was out of control and I gained 20 pounds but it has stabilized, does help me fall asleep F 27 1 years
2.5mg 1X D
 2  Schizophrenia I didn't know it until I had gained 50 pounds, become a zombie, and dropped out of school, but this drug made life hopeless for me. Clozaril has worked for me tremendously. The manufacturers of Zyprexa should be sued. Worse drug in the world. M 24 2 years
1X D
 1  For menopause moodiness Do not recommend. Upset with doctor for giving me this after years of taking xanax which is a very good drug for anxiety and ptsd. Sharp pains in my head, does not work for anxiety or triggers, feel like a zombie. Does not help me think clearly or help my memory. Makes me feel like not doing anything. I was taking xanax and it worked fine. Tastes terrible but worked great for someone with ptsd and a mood-disorder. F 53 5 months
2.5 1X D
 3  Sleep Weight gain. F 64 10 years
10mg 1X D
 5  Bipolar 1 Weight gain only Zyprexa saved my life. I was experiencing psychotic symptoms and Manic depressive swings. I take 20 mg at night, and it has calmed me and brought me back down to earth many times. I have gained quite a lot of weight, but the pros well outweigh the cons. F 31 6 years
20 mg 1X D
 1  Bipolar I gained an alarming amount of weight in a short period of time. I now have large noticeable stretch marks on my body. Sleeping 14+ hours a day M 23 1 years
 1  Doctor prescribed Sleepy, slowness of thoughts, deep sleep for long periods at night.Decided to stop as feel significantly slowed down and feel drugged, sleep very deep and unusual. Have done some reading and feel cheated by the psych doctor who prescribed this ...I'm not psychotic, but have problems with depression....have decided I would rather be my imperfect self than someone else....hope the withdrawal is not too horrendous...but have only been taking this since December, so am keeping fingers crossed and hoping for the best.. F 65 56 days
2.5 1X D
 1  "A granny dose to help (me) sleep." A buzz in my brain and a chemical taste in my mouth as soon as I woke in the morning - both one second each. Haven't been able to remember my dreams since. Not huge problems but clearly something strange was happening, and has happened. F 54 12 days
 1  THC consumption difficult thinking to talk, drowsiness, always tired, bad bowel function, frecuent diahrrea, do not listen to anybody that tells you to take this poison even your doctor, the withdrawals from this drug are extreme. pls dont be a fool. M 29 4 years
5 mg 1X D
 1  Insomnia Don't take this crap. It did help me get to sleep but will make you feel emotionless and dull. I finally decided to quit this junk cold turkey and the withdrawals I'm feeling is like having the flu but I know will be worth it in the end. This medication is trash for the body and mind. M 27 70 days
10 MG
 3  Schizophrenia Increase in tremor, confusion Calming effect F 58 15 days
 1  Major depression Tardive dyskinesia and dystonia, akathisia, worsening symptoms. This highly toxic drug should be banned! F 50 6 years
 5  Drug induced psychosis My son had slight weight gain, which was needed. Helped tremendously. He is not paranoid any longer, the voices have stopped and heís able to interact with family and do schoolwork. So thankful for this medicine. M 17 7 days
5 mg
 1  Bipolar disorder Loss of emotion, extreme fatigue, massive weight gain, sleeping too much, loss of creativity , in short it f...s up your life Donít ever start taking this medication, it ruined my life. I used to be very athletic, full of life, creative and passionate about what I do. Now I feel like a zombie, I have no emotion, I cannot even cry. I gained 30kgs, now Iím trying to wean off this poison, I know it wonít be easy but Iím determined.. F 8 years

ZYPREXA  (OLANZAPINE):  Olanzapine is used to treat certain mental/mood conditions (such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder). It may also be used in combination with other medication to treat depression. This medication can help to decrease hallucinations and help you to think more clearly and positively about yourself, feel less agitated, and take a more active part in everyday life. Olanzapine belongs to a class of drugs called atypical antipsychotics. It works by helping to restore the balance of certain natural substances in the brain. Talk to the doctor about the risks and benefits of treatment (especially when used by teenagers). See also Precautions section.   (Sources: U.S. Centers for Medicare Services, FDA)