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olanzapine "as needed"

Posted by Elizabeth on May 16, 1999, at 15:49:07

In reply to Re: Olanzapine anti-manic drug?- answer again, posted by Louise on May 16, 1999, at 13:59:28


Yes, you can use Zyprexa and other antipsychotic drugs as sleep aids, and I think that in bipolar disorder this would be potentially very helpful.

It's not entirely clear whether insomnia is an early symptom of mania or a possible *cause* of mania - it might be both (where the symptom drives the mania, creating a positive feedback loop).

I sympathize with your reasons for not wanting to use benzodiazepines (temazepam etc.) for sleep. They don't tend to work for long anyway.

Chlorpromazine (Thorazine) is not exactly a "stronger" tranquilizer than olanzapine, but it does tend to have more side effects.




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