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Zyprexa (olanzapine) for Bipolar Disorder: I've been taking Zypexa for almost 3 years now. It has been wonderful for me and my family. I had tried so many different medicines that I had given up. I now hardly have any mood swings and I can sleep at night. The down side is that I have gained a lot of weight, but to make me easy to live with for my family it's worth it!
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Zyprexa (olanzapine) for Bipolar Disorder: At 5mg/day zyprexa makes a real difference for me. Combined witht the right antidepressant it takes care of my depressive episodes which can by the way be very severe. The side effects I have is increased sleep and increased appetite. Haven't gained any weight on it.
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Zyprexa (olanzapine): My mom has suffered from schizophrenia for over 37 years. She has been taking Zyprexa for the past 5 years. The improvement in her demeanor and ability to fuction through everyday activities has been phenomenal. She is socializing and enjoying shopping and eating out again. Thanks.
Zyprexa (olanzapine) for Bipolar Disorder: I've been taking this for about week and I already feel the side effects. I can't make any major choices because I'm so far from the 4 week point but I wont give it a bad name because we suffer from depression and bi-polar and if we expect the worst we will get the worst.
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Zyprexa (olanzapine): Took very lose dose. Great for sleep but I experienced a significant increase in appetite which led to a 30lbs weight gain in 1 and 1/2 months. Switched to Seroquel at 100mg and appetite returned to normal.
Zyprexa (olanzapine) for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: I was prescribed Zyprexa to treat my Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. I will say that my OCD behaviors were considerably helped, but the side effects were far too great for me. Thankfully I'm a teacher and it was summer vacation because I couldn't wake up before 1pm (granted, I do tend to sleep late in the summer, but not that late), and when I could finally pull myself out of bed, all I would be able to do until around 7pm was lie on the couch with the posture of overcooked spaghetti, except when I was eating non-stop. The cravings were insatiable. I've always been very thin, but in that one summer I gained around 20 pounds. I had to switch medicines.
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Zyprexa (olanzapine) for Bipolar Disorder: I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder when I was 8, and I'm 17 now. I got off Zyprexa about 6 years ago, and I'm still having issues with my eating habits. When I started taking this pill I easily gained 110 lbs. in the first year.
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Zyprexa (olanzapine) for Bipolar Disorder: I was confirmed with Bipolar disorder in late 2008. My father is a severe case of bi-polar and is medication resistant to the point where E.C.T doesn't do anything. So my doctors (considering my family history) put me on Zyprexa. I had no benefits, only side effects, the worst being recurring hallucinations. I didn't gain weight (it would be good for me, I weigh about a 100 lbs). It's not the miracle drug for me.
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Zyprexa (olanzapine) for Bipolar Disorder: At first I was reluctant on taking this medication, but eventually I realized that I needed it. This medication helps me sleep longer, fall asleep faster, and wake up less. Also this drug has given me very few side effects, which are insignificant.
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Zyprexa (olanzapine) for Bipolar Disorder: I have just been diagnosed with Bipolar - Zyprexa gave me results immediately. I am beginning to feel 'normal' after only 2 weeks of being on it. No more mood swings. I am sleeping very well. I am more hungry but I have started exercising more and are watching what I eat. Its a blessing for my husband and kids that we have found something that works. I am happy on Zyprexa so far.
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Zyprexa (olanzapine) for Bipolar Disorder: I've taken Zyprexa as an adjunct to Lithium for Bipolar I. My thoughts are slower and it has gotten rid of any anxiety (this I think is the best side effect). I have not had issues with weight gain. I change between 5 and 10 mg per day and how I feel. Sometimes it can cause me to sleep late and need to take it earlier in the evening to avoid that. Great medicine to keep me stable and stop intrusive thinking.
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Zyprexa (olanzapine) for Insomnia: This medication was prescribed to help with my insomnia. It was in combination with my antidepressant medication. It did help me sleep, but it was difficult for me to wake up and function normally the next day.
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Zyprexa (olanzapine) for Schizophrenia: I've been taking Zyprexa for just over a year now and have seen dramatic improvements in my life. I used to be incredibly paranoid of people, was hearing voices and was delusional about my physical health. I'm on 20mgs of Zyprexa and most of my symptoms have cleared. Some of them remain, but they're much more tolerable than they used to be.
The only drawbacks I have noticed are weight gain and slowed reactions but I'd rather live through those side effects than experience what I did before treatment.
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Zyprexa (olanzapine) for Bipolar Disorder: It's a good drug if you can maintain your weight while on it. For some reason it really makes you hungry. It also makes you sleepy but has helped my Bipolar disorder well.
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