If you don't have psychotic episodes, my opinion is not to take Zyprexa at all. It can cause weight gain and quite some number of side effects. Consult with your psychiatrist for alternatives of anti-anxiety drugs.
Hi, Ros! Antipsychotics are not a first drug of choice in the treatment of anxiety disorders, especially not the older generation drugs like Zyprexa which can cause serious side effects.
Are you taking an anti-anxiety medication like Prozac, Zoloft, or Lexapro (antidepressant/anxiolytics) or buspirone? In severe cases, a new generation antipsychotic such as Abilify or Rexulti may be added to the anxiolytic to booster it's effects but it's uncommon.
I'd recommend consulting with your doctor about the wisdom of this choice of treatment or consider getting a second opinion.
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