Zyprexa IM (Olanzapine) and/or alternatives
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General Information On Zyprexa IM
Zyprexa IM is used for the treatment of severe agitation in an individual, mainly related to certain conditions like bipolar mania and schizophrenia. It helps in restoring the balance of certain natural chemicals in the brain called neurotransmitters. Zyprexa IM is given in the form of an intramuscular injection (IM) by a qualified doctor. The dosage depends on the patient's medical condition and his/her response to the medication. Zyprexa IM can only be used to control acute agitation symptoms for short-term control. In case of a longer treatment, your doctor would generally switch you to other oral medications.
Side Effects / Precautions For Zyprexa IM
Common side effects of Zyprexa IM (Olanzapine) are constipation, dry mouth, dizziness, nausea, weight gain, stomach pain, back pain, drowsiness or redness/ swelling/ pain at the injection site. Other major side effects of taking brand or generic Zyprexa IM are ankle/ leg swelling, confusion, agitation, slow or fast heartbeat, restlessness, slow breathing, weakness, numbness, difficulty speaking, tingling of feet or hands, trouble in walking, painful menstrual periods, tremor or pink urine.
You should tell your doctor if any of the above mentioned symptoms occur while taking brand or generic Zyprexa IM. Olanzapine can also cause light-headedness or dizziness after rising from a lying or seated position. It is best to just lie down and take rest for sometime if such a situation arises. Zyprexa IM drug should only be used in case of grave emergency in pregnancy since researchers are yet to confirm its effect on the unborn baby.
Zyprexa IM Dosage
Zyprexa IM is available in a dosage of 10 mg vials and is meant for people suffering from Schizophrenia. In adults this drug is started in doses of 5 mg to 10 mg for the initial few days. If there are any dose adjustments, they should take place at intervals of one week. The dosage adjustments are either increased or decreased by 5 mg. In adolescents, the recommended dosage of Zyprexa IM is 2.5 mg to 5.0 mg, with a target dosage of 10 mg every day. In case of dose adjustments, the dosage is either increased or decreased by 2.5 mg or 5 mg or as recommended by your doctor.
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What is a "Generic" medication/drug?
Generic drugs are medications that have comparable medicinal ingredients as the original brand name drug, but which are generally cheaper in price. Nearly 1 in 3 drugs dispensed are "generic". They undergo testing to ensure that they are similar to their "brand" counterparts in:
- Active Ingredient (e.g. "Pravastatin" is the active ingredient in brand name Pravachol)
- Dosage (e.g. 10 mg of the active ingredient)
- Safety (e.g. same or similar side effects, drug interactions)
- Performance (e.g. 10 mg of a "generic" can be substituted for 10 mg of the "brand" and have the same therapeutic result)
- Intended use (e.g. both "generic" and "brand" would be prescribed for the same conditions)
What this means is that "generic" medications can be used as a substitute of their brand equivalents with the comparable therapeutic results. There are a few exceptions (examples are outlined at the end of this page) and as always you should consult your physician before switching from a brand name medications to a generic or vice versa.
What differences are there between generic and brand?
While generics and brand equivalent drugs contain the same active ingredients, they may be different in the following ways:
- Appearance (e.g. the scoring or markings)
The color, shape and size of the medication come from the fillers that are added to the active ingredients to make the drug. These fillers that are added to the drug have no medical use and do not to change the effectiveness of the final product. A generic drug must contain comparable active ingredients and must have a comparable strength and dosage as the original brand name equivalent. Generic drugs can be more cost effective than purchasing the brand name.
Why do generics cost less than the brand name equivalents?
When a new drug is "invented", the company that discovered it has a patent on it that gives them the exclusive production rights for this medication. Once the patent expires in a country, other companies can bring the product to market under their own name. This patent prevents other companies from copying the drug during that time so they can earn back their Research and Development costs through being the exclusive supplier of the product. After the patent expires however, other companies can develop a "generic" version of the product. These versions generally are offered at much lower prices because the companies do not have the same development costs as the original company who developed the medication.
The main thing to realize here though is that the two products are therapeutically equivalent. They may look different, and be called something different.
How are Generic drugs tested to ensure quality and efficacy?
Generally speaking, the two most generally accepted methods to prove the safety of a generic version of a drug are to either repeat most of the chemistry, animal and human studies originally done, or to show that the drug performs comparably with the original brand name drug. This second option is called a "comparative bioavailability" study. During this type of study, volunteers are given the original drug, and then separately later the generic drug. The rates at which the drug is delivered to the patient (into their blood stream or otherwise absorbed) are measured to ensure they are the same. Because the same active ingredient is used the major concern is just that it delivers the common chemical(s) at the same rate so that they have the same effect. Please note that the methods that the manufacturers use may vary from country to country.