If you have schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, you may benefit from a drug called olanzapine (Zyprexa®). When used in combination with fluoxetine (Prozac®), this atypical antipsychotic medication is also approved for the following conditions:
- Bipolar depression
- Treatment-resistant depression (depression that has not responded to treatment with at least two different antidepressants).
Olanzapine comes in tablet form and is typically taken once a day, with or without food. It should be taken at the same time each day to keep an even level of the medication in your blood. Constipation, drowsiness, and dizziness are some of the most commonly reported side effects.
(For more information on this medication, click Olanzapine. This article offers a complete overview, including details on safety and effectiveness, available strengths, and more detailed dosing guidelines.)