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  1. Worried sick about olanzapine

    I have been taking olanzapine at 5mg per night since september 2003. I am also taking venlafaxine at 75mg per night. I have come across an article on the internet that says that zyprexa (olanzapine) is goiong to be removed from the shelves because of an increased risk of diabetes. I am worried sick, I don't want to get diabetes. I am on venlafaxine because I have depression and panic disorder and I am on olanzapine because I have paranoia and sexual frustration and the olanzapine helps me cope with these two symptoms. I have told my psychiatrist about how worried I am about getting diabetes but he keeps saying that anyone can get it and that I should watch what I eat. I really don't want to get diabetes yet I can't come off this drug because my symptoms will get worse. What should I do?

  2. Worried sick about olanzapine

    I have been taking olanzapine at 5mg per night since september 2003. I am also taking venlafaxine at 75mg per night. I have come across an article on the internet that says that zyprexa (olanzapine) is goiong to be removed from the shelves because of an increased risk of diabetes. I am worried sick, I don't want to get diabetes. I am on venlafaxine because I have depression and panic disorder and I am on olanzapine because I have paranoia and sexual frustration and the olanzapine helps me cope with these two symptoms. I have told my psychiatrist about how worried I am about getting diabetes but he keeps saying that anyone can get it and that I should watch what I eat. I really don't want to get diabetes yet I can't come off this drug because my symptoms will get worse. What should I do?

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    Worried sick about olanzapine

    Welcome Richardaddy,

    Diabetes Type II is associated with weight gain. Olanzapine does cause considerable weight gain in many people. There is also speculation that Olanzapine itself, besides the weight gain may be attributable to diabetes.

    Ask your doctor what preventative measures you could put into place and continue to be tested for diabetes. This way you don't need to worry about it so much and if it is the case that the drug is removed, there are other drugs in this class that would be just as helpful as the Olanzapine.

    To give us all some hope, other drugs are in the process of being created which don't have the diabetes risk factor.

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    Worried sick about olanzapine

    Welcome Richardaddy,

    Diabetes Type II is associated with weight gain. Olanzapine does cause considerable weight gain in many people. There is also speculation that Olanzapine itself, besides the weight gain may be attributable to diabetes.

    Ask your doctor what preventative measures you could put into place and continue to be tested for diabetes. This way you don't need to worry about it so much and if it is the case that the drug is removed, there are other drugs in this class that would be just as helpful as the Olanzapine.

    To give us all some hope, other drugs are in the process of being created which don't have the diabetes risk factor.

  5. Worried sick about olanzapine

    Does diabetes run in your family, hon? There's a very definite genetic link for this disease. If it runs in your family, you'll have to be extra careful with what you eat. Stay away from sugars and excessive carbohydrates. There are many good references on the internet concerning the diabetic diet. Those would be good for you to research.

    While taking the medication, just follow a prudent diet and you should be fine. If you find yourself experiencing inordinate weight gain, and are seeing your doctor regularly, you can get a handle on the problem before it gets any worse.

  6. Worried sick about olanzapine

    Does diabetes run in your family, hon? There's a very definite genetic link for this disease. If it runs in your family, you'll have to be extra careful with what you eat. Stay away from sugars and excessive carbohydrates. There are many good references on the internet concerning the diabetic diet. Those would be good for you to research.

    While taking the medication, just follow a prudent diet and you should be fine. If you find yourself experiencing inordinate weight gain, and are seeing your doctor regularly, you can get a handle on the problem before it gets any worse.

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    Worried sick about olanzapine

    My reading of the literature is that the increased risk is only for those with an existing presidiposition. If there is no family history and your other medical symptoms are negative for diabetes, and your doctor is presumably aware of any family or personal contra-indications to continuing to take zyprexa, I would suggest that you follow his/her advice. There have been some warnings issued but the drug has not been withdrawn -- there's a reason for that.

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    Worried sick about olanzapine

    My reading of the literature is that the increased risk is only for those with an existing presidiposition. If there is no family history and your other medical symptoms are negative for diabetes, and your doctor is presumably aware of any family or personal contra-indications to continuing to take zyprexa, I would suggest that you follow his/her advice. There have been some warnings issued but the drug has not been withdrawn -- there's a reason for that.

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    Regarding olanzapine - replying to HearArt

    HeartArt - I have asked my psychiatrist about olanzapine. He said that if I watch my weight then I should be okay. I have bought some litmus strips called Diastix which test how much glucose there is in your urine. So I can test myself for how the level of glucose in my urine is so I can test myself for diabetes at home. You see if the colour of the strip changes colour and if it does then you know how high or low your level of glucose is in your body. Also I am hoping to start a low glycaemic diet. Incidentally, when you said that there are other drugs which would be just as helpful as olanzapine, which drugs do you mean?

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    Regarding olanzapine - replying to HearArt

    HeartArt - I have asked my psychiatrist about olanzapine. He said that if I watch my weight then I should be okay. I have bought some litmus strips called Diastix which test how much glucose there is in your urine. So I can test myself for how the level of glucose in my urine is so I can test myself for diabetes at home. You see if the colour of the strip changes colour and if it does then you know how high or low your level of glucose is in your body. Also I am hoping to start a low glycaemic diet. Incidentally, when you said that there are other drugs which would be just as helpful as olanzapine, which drugs do you mean?

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