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High-dose Zyprexa causes 26 pound weight gain
Saturday, September 13, 2003 3:43 pm Email this article
Patients taking 1 mg per day of the anti-psychotic drug Zyprexa (olanzapine) gained an average of 6.6 pounds, whereas those taking high doses of 12.5 mg to 17.5 mg per day gained an average of 26 pounds according to a recently published review paper about the weight gaining potential of anti-psychotic drugs. Weight gain is dose-related.
Zyprexa (olanzapine) is a drug used to treat schizophrenia. It works by decreasing unusually high levels of brain activity.
Tardieu S, Micallef J, Gentile S, Blin O. Weight gain profiles of new anti-psychotics: public health consequences. Obes Rev. 2003 Aug, 4(3):129-38.
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