Zyprexa and Personality Disorders: Zyprexa Off Label Usage

Zyprexa and Personality Disorders: Zyprexa Off Label Usage

The human psyche is a complicated and delicate entity. It is not uncommon or unusual for people to exhibit some form of personality disorder at some period in their life. This period usually coincides with time of stress or outside influence, such as adolescence or a traumatic event such as death. While these little "quirks" often subside with due time, stronger stimuli can cause adverse and permanent disorders that result in what is essentially a mental break with reality. Serious neurological afflictions such as Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) cause severe emotional fluctuation, psychiatric instability, and the propensity of the victim to cause harm to themselves or those around them. Suicide rates are extremely high in those diagnosed with this unfortunate condition.

Because BPD is comprised of many of the similar characteristics of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, it was initially thought that Zyprexa could reduce the complications of borderline personality disorder as well. Although not sanctioned by Eli Lilly & Co, it was not explicitly forbidden, and this so-called "off label" prescription policy increased Zyprexa's sales to over 4.3 billion dollars in 2004. Despite a lack of proper research and clinical studies of long range effects, many doctors continue to prescribe Zyprexa for BPD. Unfortunately, regardless of the condition treated, Zyprexa still increases the possibility of diabetes, stroke, and obesity.

If you've suffered from defective medications, you may have a right and a duty to seek restitution for your experience. Contacting a knowledgeable and understanding Zyprexa attorney can provide the guidance that you need. Don't hesitate, for the law limits the amount of time you have to pursue your case. Contact our lawyers for a free case review today.

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