I am taking a low dose (half a 2.5mg pill) nightly of olanzapine (generic zyprexa) as an adjunct to lexapro and klonopin for anxiety and depression for a couple of weeks thus far. It helps a bit with sleep and maybe anxiety. How long are drugs like olanzapine used to supplement the antidepressant, is it a matter of weeks until the condition is improved and then the olanzapine is removed or is it supposed to be used forever in that combination. Note that I am neither bipolor nor psychotic.
There is no set time. It will depend on how you go. Usually your doctor will wait until your symptoms have been well controlled for quite sometime and then wean you off slowly to see if you still require Zyprexa.
Hi, backtolife! Not necessarily forever, but if it works well for you your doctor may want to have you take for a long period of time. If you try to rush a withdrawal you can end up with a rebound depression that is sometimes worse than what you had in the first place.
I was on Zyprexa for years before I was correctly re-diagnosed as bipolar and switchd to a more appropriate medication.
I will warn you about one side effect: weight gain. Zyprexa is one of the worst ATAs for this problem. If you see the pounds creeping up regardless of dietary changes and exercise, let your doctor know. S/he will probably notice anyway because doctors usually monitor you closely when you're on psych meds.
Best wishes, WCV
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