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Olanzapine is a drug that is licensed to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The medication works by blocking or lessening the effects of several chemicals in the brain. Olanzapine comes in tablet form and is usually taken once a day (injectable forms are also available). As with any drug, there are possible side effects with this medication. Some of the more common side effects seen with this drug include dizziness, drowsiness, and constipation.
Side EffectsAs with any medicine, there are possible side effects with olanzapine. However, not everyone who takes olanzapine will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate the drug well. When side effects do occur, in most cases they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
- Dry mouth (see Zyprexa and Dry Mouth)
- Weight gain (see Zyprexa and Weight Gain)
- Difficulty sleeping (insomnia) (see Zyprexa and Insomnia).