Zyprexa or Olanzapine is a medication that is used to treat both schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder in teens and adults. Olanzapine comes in tablet form and when taken, quickly dissolves in the mouth. In most cases, it is taken one time a day with or without food accompanying it. It is recommended that you take your Zyprexa dosage around the same time every day.
How the Doctor Determines the Dosage?
Doctors typically start a patient out with a low dosage of the medication and increase it after a few days or weeks of taking it. There are a number of different factors that come into play when a doctor decides upon the right zyprexa dosage for a patient. He takes into consideration the person’s age, how severe the symptoms are, the particular condition that is being treated, other illnesses the patient may be experiencing and other medications that the patient may be taking. It is not recommended that you ever exceed the dosage that the doctor has prescribed.
In general, most physicians start a patient suffering from schizophrenia with 5-10 mg of Zyprexa each day. If the patient starts at a dosage less than 10 mg, he can expect the doctor to increase the dosage after a few days. In the case of teens, most doctors will start the patient off at 2.5-5 mg of Zyprexa with the goal of 10 mg a day. It is entirely possible that the patient will require more than 10 mg a day, depending on the severity of the disorder. However, the maximum daily dosage restriction is 20 mg a day.
When treating a patient for bi-polar manic outbreaks, a higher starting dosage of around 15 mg a day can be expected. However, if the patient is taking other medications such as lithium or valproate, a lower dosage can be expected to be prescribed by the health care professional. As symptoms decrease, the doctor may lower the dosage or eliminate it all together, but the patient should never stop taking the medication without first discussing it with their doctor. In most cases, the doctor will want to taper the patient off the medication gradually.