Symbyax uses are primarily concerned with treating depression that is associated with bipolar disorder in adults and children age 10 and up. It can also be used for treatment-resistant depression. Off-label Symbyax uses include the treatment of depression that is not associated with bipolar disorder (also known as manic depression).
An Overview of Symbyax Uses
Symbyax® (olanzapine and fluoxetine) is a prescription medication that is used to treat the following conditions:
Symbyax for Bipolar Depression
Bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression, is a serious brain disease that causes extreme shifts in mood, energy, and functioning. Currently, it is thought that bipolar disorder may be at least partially genetic (see Bipolar Causes). Bipolar disorder is different from the normal ups and downs that everyone goes through -- the symptoms of bipolar disorder are more severe.
Episodes of mania and depression typically recur throughout the affected person's lifespan. Between episodes, most people with bipolar disorder are free of symptoms (see Bipolar Disorder Symptoms). Effective bipolar disorder treatment usually involves a combination of psychotherapy (see Bipolar Psychosocial Treatments) and bipolar medications.
Symbyax is approved for the treatment of bipolar depression, but not for other episodes of bipolar disorder (such as mixed or manic episodes).