My mother, who is diagnosed as having dementia, was recently placed in a nursing home. Recently, she became physically aggressive with a nursing home faculty member. Thereafter, she was seen by the nursing home's psychiatrist who prescribed her Zyprexa. After reading information, on your website regarding Zyprexa, I am needing to know if the prescribed drug is safe for her to take considering she takes Levetiracetam (for seizures) and Lisinopril (for high blood pressure)? Thank you in advance for your response.
Check the prescribing information by Eli Lilly's to be sure. But I'm researching the safety for elderly also and from what I saw it doesn't say they can't take it but it has a handful of warnings on the prescribing info that say:
"ZYPREXA may cause serious side effects, including:
1. Increased risk of death in elderly people who are confused, have memory loss and have lost touch with reality (dementia-related psychosis)."
- Zyprexa Information for Consumers
- Zyprexa Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Zyprexa (detailed)
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