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Zyprexa...AKA Olanzapine

Updated on June 17, 2014
In the comfort of her home and her immediate family she can let loose a bit.
In the comfort of her home and her immediate family she can let loose a bit.

Disclaimer

**Please note that I am NOT a trained professional, nor do I pretend to be one. I am, however, a parent with a child who has been diagnosed with Autism and who, subsequently, has other issues to deal with. Any information give in these articles is strictly informational in nature; therefore, should not be considered as a viable substitute for the expertise, knowledge, skill and/or judgments of a healthcare practitioner.**

Zyprexa (Olanzapine)

Zyprexa, also know by it's generic name Olanzapine, is an antipsychotic used to treat those individuals that suffer with Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder. It can also be used to treat a variety of other anxiety spectrum disorders.

My daughter, Alana, being Autistic, also suffers other conditions that have a myriad of effects on her emotions and feelings. One of the more severe complications that Alana faces is of an aggressive nature. When she has her "meltdowns" she tends to show a great deal of aggressive behavior, to include biting, kicking, screaming and hitting. This is the main reason she now takes the Olanzapine; to help her in controlling some of those aggressive behaviors.

Source

Meatloaf Madness

A lot of times...

A lot of times, Alana's aggression can be controlled by diverting her attention from what, or who, is causing her the stress at the time. She loves to help make meatloaf as it is her favorite meal of all time. She has no patience and can't stand waiting for me to add each ingredient as it needs to be added, and, for me, this can sometimes be a challenge. But, anytime that we can help her ease her stress can be a good time. Alana will almost always be calmed when doing something that gives her a sense of accomplishment.

Jackson and Alana

Jackson and Alana are like any other set of siblings...wellllllllllllll (lol). No, but, really, they get along really well, most of the time. Sibling rivalry is to be expected in any given family; sometimes there is a greater intensity in the rivalry, sometimes not. For Jackson and Alana, it is pretty intense. That being said, Jackson is ready to "go to the mattresses" with anyone who tries to get one over on Alana. He understands her, maybe even more than her father and I do. In fact, when she was very little and just learning to talk, it was Jackson who played the part of an interpreter because, for some reason, he understood everything she said. Today, we joke with her about speaking "Alanese"; but, still, Jackson is usually the one who is able to determine what it is she is trying to say. The two of them definitely have a special bond between the two of them.

**Later, I hope to give you some detail about Alana's other siblings...she has a total of four (4) brothers and four (4) sisters; therefore, making her the youngest out of nine (9) children total.**

Switching gears again.

Some common side effects (that may go away during treatment) include; but, are not limited to:

  • weight gain
  • headache
  • stomach pain
  • constipation

Some serious side effects (those requiring immediate medical attention) include; but, are not limited to:

  • tremors
  • fast or uneven heartbeat
  • trouble speaking and/or swallowing
  • dark urine

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