Hi. I was just prescribed zyprexa in combination with prozac for bipolar disorder ( the more mild form). I was diagnosed in 2003, oddly, at the age of 29. I have taken so many medications for it over the years I can't list them all. There have been very few that were beneficial. When I find a good one it works for awhile and then I build up a tolerance. Now I have two chronic illnesses for which there is no cure on top of the bipolar. I have type 2 diabetes and peripheral neuropathy as a complication. I also have copd. I will die from one of these someday. My point is, I take many meds everyday... is zyprexa a good idea for me having diabetes and high cholesterol too? Sigh... feeling frustrated!!
Zyprexa can elevate your blood sugar. Many of the newer drugs like it do.
Zyprexa can also cause major weight gain, as you may crave carbs and sugar, do be careful with your diet.
I'm an RN with bipolar disorder so I have seen blood sugar problems with the atypical antipsychotics like zyprexa. I am on one as well and must monitor my blood sugar closely. It possibly could elevate your cholesterol I'm having that problem now. I took zyprexa for a short time and my weight, BS, and labs were closely monitored. Talk to your practitioner about your concerns. Don't feel frustrated it's all a matter of getting the right med and dosage. I wish you luck and good thoughts with your other illnesses. if you ever need to vent look me up.
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