Zyprexa and Schizophrenia

Zyprexa and Schizophrenia

For thousands of years, victims of mental illness were ridiculed, ostracized, and shamed because of ignorance and fear. It was not until the 19th century when psychiatrist Emil Kraepelin grouped several general mental disorders under the general term "schizophrenia," which is derived from the Greek words for "split" and "mind." This nomenclature gave rise to the misinterpretation that schizophrenia causes multiple personalities. Schizophrenia is far more complicated condition that involves chronic mental disturbances of cognitive processes, emotion, and behavior. Medical science at the time had few treatment options; most involved gruesome medical experiments, seclusion, and even sterilization.

Hope was offered in 1996 when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the anti-psychotic drug Zyprexa. Zyprexa was the second of what was to become termed as a "second generation antipsychotic." Many in the medical community believed that Zyprexa would suppress many of the debilitating effects of schizophrenia without the terrible side effects of first generation antipsychotics such as the loss of coordination, compulsive involuntary movements, and the physical rejection of the drug.

While Zyprexa reduced most of these negative side effects, many victims unfortunately still exhibited many negative reactions, although with significantly reduced occurrence. Additionally, Zyprexa showed a marked increase in diabetes, stroke, and many other metabiological conditions such as obesity and cardiovascular disorder. Consequently, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) mandated that all second generation antipsychotics carry warning labels advising patients of potential dangers. Because of the widespread popularity of these types of drugs, Zyprexa had already inflicted significant damage.

If you or your loved ones were prescribed Zyprexa only to painfully surprised by the dangerous side effects that were unmentioned or more severe than warned against, you have a right to compensation. Don't let allow your health to be put at risk – contact our lawyers today for a free case review.

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