Zyprexa and Bi-Polar Disorder

Zyprexa and Bi-Polar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a complicated neurological disorder characterized by frequent mood swings punctuated by extremes of emotion. While mood swings are a natural part of human nature, those who suffer from bipolar disorder experience hyper-elevated emotion, elation, and imagination followed by a depressive phase of intense anxiety, sadness, and inhibition. Bipolar disorder is speculated to equally affect men and women representing approximately 1% of the population of the United States. Despite the rarity of the condition, bipolar disorder is nevertheless a very serious condition, as professional and personal relationships are often adversely affected by these giant mood swings.

Because treating mood conditions like bipolar disorder has traditionally been met with skepticism, treatment options were limited. Lithium salt was traditionally used to treat many mood disorders and schizophrenia, but side effects such as extreme kidney and thyroid damage limited its effectiveness. Then, in 1996, the Food and Drug administration (FDA) approved Zyprexa, one of many of the new "atypical antipsychotics" which promised to minimize the extreme mood swings that often accompany bipolar disorder. Unfortunately, this promise was short lived, as it was discovered that Zyprexa causes a significant increase in the occurrence of stroke, diabetes, and obesity. Zyprexa is continued to be prescribed by doctors, even in the face of such extreme risks.

Atypical antipsychotics like Zyprexa became one of the most prescribed drugs in the world, with sales totaling over $8 billion between 2000 and 2003. If you have suffered as a result of taking this medication, have a right to seek restitution. Hurry, because the law puts limits on the time you have to collect damages, and waiting one day could jeopardize your claim before it begins. Contact our lawyers today for a free case review.

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