Hi everyone. My daughter is still on olanzapine 15mg, but even though we have tried diets, she has still been piling the weight on. She is now 4 stone heavier in the last 6 months. We are gonna ask the Dr to change to Quitiapine, which has been mentioned to us before. Does anyone know if she can change without coming right down again, as she is not hearing the voices at the moment and I know what its been like changing before and it is awful, she gets very upset aggitated and ill with the voices. Also to anyone who might know, we have been prescribed Xenical from the Dr to help with weight loss, if we chose to stay on olanzapine, but its having a problem right now with manafacturing and we cant get hold of them. Does anyone know of a similar dietry tablet?. We need to get the weight under control as she is having difficulty breathing at the weight she is. Thank you for listening and if anyone has any information on my questions, or similar experiences please get in touch. Hazel Hgte
Olanzapine - need to change to quitiepine because of weight gain, do we have to taper down ?
Added 1 Oct 2012:
Ps I just thought that I would re-circulate this last question to peoples attention as some of it is still relevant, I have since heard that Quitiapine does put weight on like most of the others, the only one that I have heard doesnt is the Aripiprazole, unless some one knows otherwise. Hazel Hgte
I would tell her doctor just how you feel about changing it if you have to stop the zyprexa before starting a new med. I would think there would be a way to wean off the one, while starting and increasing the other.
As for the xenical, we have Alli in the states, its the same thing.
I know your problem was well over a year ago but my husband was put on Olanzapine for voices, he was considered severe - he was put on by a psychiatrist who specialized in his field , the Olanzapine was started at 2.5 mg & 2 weeks later moved to 5mg. Dr. Said most everyone responds by 5mg. His voices quieted with the 2.5 mg & stopped all together with 5 mg. this took 2-3 weeks. Your daughter I feel was talking an extremely high dose therefore the weight gain. My husband put on just enough weight & the dosage seems perfect. Problem now.. How long do they stay on the antipsychotic? It's been 6 months & Olanzapine is $500 w/o a script. Can a regular Dr. Prescribe this vs. the psychiatrist? He needed to take clonazapam at first which helped tremendously for anxiety. Hope your daughter is all on track now or got the weight off. Blessings to you, I know how hard the road was for both of you
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