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Re: Olanzapine (zyprexa)anti-manic drug?

Posted by katie on May 12, 1999, at 19:32:24

In reply to Olanapine as an anti-manic drug?, posted by Louise on May 11, 1999, at 16:32:10

> I'm about to withdraw from lithium

> I suffer from insomnia due to mind racing sometimes but have managed to prevent my mood going up by intervening with drugs before anything drastic happens.
> Do you think olanzapine would be a good drug to use for this?
> Has anyone had sucess with any other anti-manic drugs with early recognition / intervention of looming manic episode??
> Any info appreciated
> Louise


I guess you could say I'm bi-polar with a sprinkling of schizophrenia or what I think is what is now called schizoaffective disorder. I had been taking navane(thiothixine), which is a really ancient drug, but has some really nasty side effects when taken for prolonged periods of time. The olanzapine (zyprexa) is a newer and safer version and has really stops the night-time "racing thoughts" etc. for me so that I can sleep through the night. However, for me, it is not a replacement for the lithium, as I still need a mood stabilizer. I hope you can find good results in your quest for the best meds. Good luck!




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