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The drug Zyprexa has been linked to a harmful and potentially fatal abnormality in one’s heart beat called “torsadeds de pointes”. This drug may make the lower portion of the heart beat irregularly leading to potentially life threatening situations and even death. The result of this abnormality is no or little blood being pumped to the brain which often leads to unconsciousness. If not assessed and remedied immediately, the condition can lead to ventricular fibrillation which can then lead to death. Also known by the generic name olanzapine, was manufactured by Eli Lilly Co. as an anti-psychotic medication.
After its approval by the FDA, or Food and Drug Administration, in 1996, Zyprexa was released to the public in order to treat mental disorders such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. This prescription drug’s chemical composition efficiently lessened, and even sometimes eliminated, the side effects caused by other antipsychotic medications. However, Zyprexa was eventually linked to certain side effects that did not outweigh any benefits of taking Zyprexa, like hyperglycemia, ketoacidosis, pancreatitis and type 2 diabetes.
Zyprexa and two other anti-psychotic medications have shown a tendency to cause torsades de pointes in a much higher rate than those people not taking these medications. Cardiac Arrhythmia has been a result of the taking of this medication in nearly 3,000 incidents and nearly 1,000 have been fatal between 1997 and 2012. The various health problems associated with the taking of this drug have led to a large percentage of settlements of claims made against companies supplying them. These claims have been made against the company for the use of Zypreza in the treatment of schizophrenia disorder that has led to many cases of diabetes-related ailments. In some studies done in the past, it has been speculated that Zyprexa has caused diabetes 50 percent more than other drugs.
What Are the Side Effects of Zyprexa?
Those who experience unwanted side effects while taking Zyprexa should contact their physician right away. Common side effects from taking Zyprexa are:
- Dry mouth
- Increased appetite
- Muscle weakness
- Personality changes
Past Zyprexa Warnings
In November 2001, a report about Zyprexa was made by a doctor from Duke Medical University Medical Center and the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research medical officers. This report showed a possible connection between Zyprexa and juvenile hyperglycemia. The release of this report lead the way toward an official warning to consumers about Zyprexa.
Staff members of the FDA published a report about the link between Zyprexa diabetes in the American Journal of Medicine, which detailed 384 diabetes cases stemming from Zyprexa use. The majority of the aforementioned diabetes cases arose approximately six months after the patients started taking Zyprexa.
Due to the reports of Zyprexa-related diabetes, Britain’s equivalent of the United State’s FDA and Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare issued warnings about Zyprexa to the public.
Britain’s medicine control agency revealed last year that those taking the prescribed medication Zyprexa have a strong tendency to adversely affect blood glucose which can lead to life threatening conditions and death.
Based on the evidence pertaining to the drug Zyprexa, it may be wise to seek an alternative drug in relief of your symptoms, but not before speaking with a doctor about your concerns. The prevalence of heart problems, diabetes conflicts, and glucose levels has raised eyebrows in relation to the drug and has led to thousands of claims against the company.
The FDA has also announced that elderly individuals who take the drug Zyprexa were much more likely to die from taking the medication then those that are of younger age. Complications with the side effects of these drugs seems to affect those that are in a more vulnerable state, although anyone taking this medication is at risk of severe life threatening conditions. It is always a good idea to talk to your doctor about side effects and any medical conditions you have before the onset of any new medication.
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