This medication is not recommended for use by older adults experiencing dementia as it may increase the possibility of death during treatment. According to this medication’s black box warning, elderly people with dementia-related psychosis are at a heightened risk for high levels of fat in the blood, high blood sugar, obesity, strokes, and mini strokes.
Some teens who take this medication report weight gain, high levels of fat in the blood, liver problems, breast enlargement, and breast discharge. For best results, teens taking Zyprexa should consider using this medication as part of an overall treatment plan that includes therapy. Teens are more likely to experience side effects from this medication than adults.
If you have a history of heart disease, heart failure, irregular heartbeat, high or low blood pressure, stroke, or seizures you should talk to your doctor before you take this medication. Tell your doctor if you or anyone in your family currently has or has ever had diabetes. In 2005, the manufacturer of this medication paid over $690 million in order to settle over 8000 claims that this medication may cause life-threatening diabetes.
If you currently have, or have had any problems in the past with addictive drugs, including street drugs and medication, you should talk with your doctor before you take this medication. You should also mention any serious reactions you may have had to other similar medications. If you are taking other prescription drugs or supplements, you should check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking this drug. Zyprexa may interact with other medications or supplements, including antihistamines, antidepressants, antacids, antifungal medications, sleeping pills, antipsychotics, high blood pressure medications, vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and more.
The longer you use this medication, the greater the possibility that you will develop tardive dyskinesia and neuroleptic malignant syndrome. Tardive dyskinesia is a severe movement condition that affects the lips, tongue, face, torso, and extremities. Neuroleptic malignant syndrome is a rare but deadly condition characterized by high fever, muscle rigidity, and autonomic dysfunction.