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Re: Doctor gave me samples of Zyprexa. For schizophrenia?

Re: Doctor gave me samples of Zyprexa. For schizophrenia?

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Posted by Kelley on November 12, 2000 at 07:56:07:

In Reply to: Doctor gave me samples of Zyprexa. For schizophrenia? posted by Kevin B. on November 07, 2000 at 19:09:45:

: HI, I have not been here in months but just had an appointment with a therapist and thought I would ask some questions on this message board. Besides going back on clonazepam, she also gave me some samples of Zyprexa. I told her that I haven't been having too much luck with anti-depressants and she said that I should try something fairly new, Zyprexa.
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: After doing a little research on this drug, I read that it was used to treat schizophrenia. Wow, I thought I was going to be taking an anti-depressant. I realize some drugs are used to treat other areas too. The drug works in as little as a week or two. I hope for the best, but am pessimistic after all that I have tried.
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: Is anybody here taking or have tried Zyprexa? I just wonder what your results were like. Thanks to all. Kevin B.

Though zyprexa was originally indicated for schizophrenia it has since proven helpful for a wide variety of conditions, including depression, anxiety, insomnia, mania, and mood swings. As with any drug, there's no way to predict how you will respond until you try it. But since other more conventional treatments have been disappointing, the odds have increased that a medicine from a different class--like zyprexa--will affect whatever your faulty chemistry is where antidepressants didn't.

The most common side effects are sedation and weight gain. Sedation will diminish with continued use. Weight gain will level off at some point, if it happens. If weight gain is a concern, you will definitely have to be careful with snacks, eat less at meals, and make an effort to burn more calories. To minimize daytime sedation, a good time to take your dose is in early evening or late afternoon. Bedtime is too late.

Taking clonazepam and zyprexa could be too sedating. It could also confuse results. If you are already familiar with how you respond to clonazepam, you might consider trying just zyprexa alone so as to not confuse things. You can always add it back in later if you want to, after the picture is a little more clear. You might want to see how zyprexa works for you in a couple weeks before confusing things or aggravating side effects with clonazepam. Just an option to think about.
Sincerely,
Kelley


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