Zyprexa, also called Olanzapine, is a widely used antipsychotic drug which is manufactured by Eli-Lilly. Zyprexa can be taken as an oral pill or in an intramuscular form and is supposed to balance the levels of two natural chemical messengers of the brain, dopamine and serotonin. Since the drug was approved in 1996 more than 15 million people across the globe have taken the medication to treat a variety of disorders including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and behavioral disorders sometimes associated with Alzheimer’s and dementia. In fact, sales of the antipsychotic medication account for approximately 40% of Eli-Lilly’s sales.
There have been approximately 300 cases of diabetes linked to the use of Zyprexa.In 2002 through 2004 the warning labels were changed multiple times due to increasing concerns regarding the safety of the medication and the links to serious side effects.Listed below are some of the possible side effects associated with the taking of this drug:
- Cardiac arrest
- Diabetic coma
- Diabetic ketoacidosis
- Hyperosmolar coma
- Increased or rapid heart beat
- Neuroleptic malignant syndrome
- Pancreatic necrolysis
- Suicidal tendencies
Long term use of the medication is not necessary for a patient to suffer from serious medical conditions. In fact, there have been cases where the above mentioned side effects were present within a few weeks of taking these pills.
If you or a loved one has taken Zyprexa and suffered from a serious medical condition, you should contact Bernard Law Group. For years our Washington dangerous drug lawyers have been successfully representing clients who have been the victim of dangerous medication side effects.
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