What is Zyprexa Prescribed For?

What is Zyprexa Prescribed For?

Unlike physical sickness, mental illness often presents no outward symptom of internal problems. Throughout history mental illness has been feared and misunderstood. Until the last half of the 19th century, the medical community was ignorant about why seemingly normal people exhibited bizarre and dangerous behaviors. As diagnostic and medical understanding progressed, new light began to shine on a very dark area of the human condition.

One of these advances was the drug Zyprexa. Zyprexa was called a "second generation" or "atypical" antipsychotic to differentiate it from previous drugs that had a number of negative side effects. In initial studies Zyprexa demonstrated fewer occurrences of expected side effects, such as coordination, movement, and allergic reactions. Unfortunately, Zyprexa elevated risks of stroke, diabetes, and weight gain. Although these were serious drawbacks, the Food and Drug Administration approved Zyprexa in 1996.

The greatest danger posed by Zyprexa is the risk of side effects from the drug's many generalized uses. Even though its manufacturer, Eli Lilly & Co., specifically states that Zyprexa is designed to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorders, many doctors have begun to prescribe it for conditions as diverse as anorexia nervosa and panic attacks. These so-called "off label uses" are not explicitly encouraged by Eli Lilly, but nevertheless boost the sales of Zyprexa.

If taking Zyprexa for any condition has caused you physical or mental harm, then you have a right to be compensated. A lack of information about dangerous side effects should not lead to personal suffering, and you should receive the restitution you deserve. Don't wait, for state statutes of limitations may prevent you from collecting any settlement. Contact our lawyers today for a free case review.

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