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Zyprexa Relprevv Consumer
IMPORTANT: HOW TO USE THIS INFORMATION: This is a summary and does NOT have all possible information about this product. This information does not assure that this product is safe, effective, or appropriate for you. This information is not individual medical advice and does not substitute for the advice of your health care professional. Always ask your health care professional for complete information about this product and your specific health needs.
OLANZAPINE EXTENDED RELEASE - INJECTION
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Zyprexa Relprevv
WARNING: This long-acting form of olanzapine injection may cause serious side effects, including severe drowsiness, inability to wake up (coma), and confusion (delirium) after injection. Your doctor/healthcare professional will monitor you closely at the healthcare facility for at least 3 hours after each injection. Have someone drive you home after your injection. You must be enrolled in a special program to receive these injections. Only doctors, healthcare facilities, and pharmacies also enrolled in this program may prescribe, inject, or provide this medication to patients. Talk with your doctor about the risks and benefits of this medication and other treatment choices.
There may be a slightly increased risk of serious, possibly fatal side effects (such as stroke, heart failure, fast/irregular heartbeat, pneumonia) when this medication is used by older adults with dementia. This medication is not approved for the treatment of dementia-related behavior problems. Discuss the risks and benefits of this medication, as well as other effective and possibly safer treatments for dementia-related behavior problems, with the doctor.
USES: Olanzapine injection is used to treat a certain mental/mood disorder (schizophrenia). Olanzapine helps you to think more clearly, feel less nervous, and take part in everyday life. It may also help to decrease hallucinations (hearing/seeing things that are not there). Extended-release olanzapine injection is a long-acting psychiatric medication called an atypical antipsychotic. It works by helping to restore the balance of certain natural substances in the brain.
Talk to the doctor about the risks and benefits of treatment (especially when used in teenagers). See also Warning/Precautions sections.
HOW TO USE: Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist. Read and sign the Informed Consent form provided by your doctor. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
These requirements apply in the United States. If you live in Canada or any other country, consult your doctor and pharmacist for your country's regulations.
There are 2 types of olanzapine injection (short- and long-acting). These 2 forms have different uses and dosing and the 2 products are not interchangeable. There is also a form that can be taken by mouth. The extended-release injection should only be used if you have already taken olanzapine by mouth without any serious side effects.
This medication is given by injection into the buttock muscle by a health care professional as directed by your doctor, usually every 2 to 4 weeks. Do not rub/massage the injection site after your dose. Do not inject into a vein or under the skin.
Dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment.
Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, mark the days on the calendar when you need to receive the medication.
Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.
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