Olanzapine is a type of atypical anti-psychotic drug, which is sold under a variety of brand names including Zyprexa®, Zydis® and Zolafren®,
Anti-psychotic drugs are used to treat the symptoms of a range of conditions including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. They work by changing the activity of certain natural substances in the brain, although the exact mechanism is unclear. Atypical anti-psychotic drugs are newer than older, typical anti-psychotic drugs and are believed to be better tolerated, with less side-effects
Olanzapine comes in a variety of forms, including as a tablet and as an intra-muscular injection.
The tablet is available in various strengths, including 2.5 mg, 5mg, 7.5 mg, 10 mg, 15mg and 20mg. It is usually taken once a day with or without food. It should be taken at around the same time every day.
The intra-muscular form of olanzapine is available as an injectable 10mg vial.
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