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.
Olanzapine is used to treat certain mental/mood conditions (such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder). It may also be used in combination with other medication to treat depression. This medication can help to decrease hallucinations and help you to think more clearly and positively about yourself, feel less agitated, and take a more active part in everyday life.Olanzapine belongs to a class of drugs called atypical antipsychotics. 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 Precautions section.
How to use Olanzapine ODT
Take this medication by mouth with or without food as directed by your doctor, usually once daily.
This medication comes in a blister or a bottle. Do not remove the tablet from the packaging until you are ready to take it. Make sure your hands are dry before handling the tablet. If your tablet comes in a blister, peel back the foil to carefully remove the tablet. Do not push the tablet through the foil because doing so can damage the tablet. Place the tablet in your mouth right away and allow it to dissolve. After the tablet has melted, it can be swallowed with or without liquid.
The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. To reduce your risk of side effects, your doctor may direct you to start this medication at a low dose and gradually increase your dose. Follow your doctor's instructions carefully.
Take this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time each day. Keep taking this medication even if you feel well. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.
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