Posted by Novelagent on August 10, 2012, at 12:52:02
Someone on this site suggested that not gettig type II diabetes while on Zyprexa was a matter of watching what one ate, and I'm here to explain that's a myth-- a very wise doctor explained it to me, and it was over my head, but basically, Zyprexa short circuits metabolism so that even without weight gain, it can cause diabeties-- it is not secondary to weight gain, although of course, weight gain alone increases one's risk in the sense it adds on to the risk, it's not necessary to gain weight to get diabeties fron drugs with the generic name ending in -pine, such as Zyprexa (olazapine). Seroquel is another...
It alarms me how so many on this board have doctors who don't know what they're doing, and as a result, put their patients on Zyprexa. Risperdal or Invega are better options-- ideally, Invega Sustenna is the best, as it is just a once-a-month injection, and research shows that one needs a lower dose of a long-acting injection over time than an oral for
of the same drug.
I take Invega Sustenna-- it's great, because I don't have to worry about forgetting it, since I just have to take it once a month.
Anyhow, a lot of you are at risk of getting type II diabeties and may not even know this, but your doctor should. It makes no sense-- Zyprexa or Seroquel have no clinical advantage over Risperdal, so it's not even a justified risk.
I initially was on Zyprexa oral capsules, but the regular hospitals were "full" (meaning the nurse at the ER was too lazy to call more than one psych hospital) so I got stuck in a hospital intended only for drug rehab. So my paychiatrist was specializing in treating drug addicts, not psychosis. But I don't know the excuse for your doctors. I went to a psych hospital shortly after that, and got switched immediately to Risperdal Consta (but even the rehab doc should have realized the importance of a long-acting injection).