Treatment Options for Side Effects of Zyprexa: Pancreatitis

Treatment Options for Side Effects of Zyprexa: Pancreatitis

The pancreas is a gland that secretes both digestive enzymes and important hormones, and pancreatitis occurs when the organ becomes inflamed. This inflammation has been shown to be caused and exacerbated by antipsychotics such as Zyprexa. In several clinical studies, Zyprexa itself has been shown to cause significant damage to several pancreatic functions, including diminished insulin sensitivity and hyper-elevated blood sugar levels.

Acute pancreatitis is a sudden and debilitating attack of severe upper abdominal pain. Pancreatic enzymes irritate and burn the pancreas, leaking out into the abdominal cavity. Complications include respiratory, kidney or heart failure, all of which can be fatal. Treatment options vary in light of the severity of the inflammation, ranging from taking pancreatic enzymes in tablet form to surgery for removing gallbladder blockage. In severe cases of acute pancreatitis, surgery may be required to remove the damaged parts of the organ.

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