Zyprexa (olanzapine) is an antipsychotic medication originally used to treat symptoms of schizophrenia, manic depression and other psychotic illnesses.
Zyprexa is also commonly prescribed for milder conditions like Alzheimer’s, personality disorders and depression, as well as for conduct disorder and severe aggression in children.
Zyprexa and diabetes
Numerous well-publicized reports have linked Zyprexa use to the serious and sometimes fatal disease diabetes, and to related problems like diabetes-induced heart attacks.
Other possible Zyprexa side effects may include an increased risk of hyperglycemia (high blood sugar), hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), other blood sugar disorders and pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas).
Doctors’ and researchers’ suspicions
Many doctors and researchers now suspect that Zyprexa and similar “new-generation” antipsychotic medications may directly cause diabetes. Studies have consistently shown that these drugs are associated with significant weight gain—a major risk factor for diabetes—and numerous instances of diabetes deaths from heart attacks have been reported.
Many injured Zyprexa users say they were inadequately warned about these serious Zyprexa side effects. Eli Lilly agreed in 2005 to set aside nearly $700 million to settle then-pending Zyprexa lawsuits—just one indication of how many consumers may have been affected.
Learn the answer to frequently asked questions about the side effects of Zyprexa.
If you or a family member have taken Zyprexa and developed serious side effects like diabetes, hyperglycemia, other blood sugar disorders or pancreatitis, call the experienced Zyprexa attorneys at Hissey Kientz now, toll-free at (866) 275-4454 for your free and confidential consultation (top right of this page). Depending on the facts of your case, you may be eligible to receive compensation.