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Are there any risks in taking Zyprexa (olanzapine)?

There are several risks in taking Zyprexa (olanzapine). Elderly people with dementia-related psychosis have a higher risk of death and stroke when taking this medication, so it is not recommended for this patient population. There also is a risk of seizures and a sudden drop in blood pressure when taking Zyprexa. The drug can also cause difficulty swallowing, which may lead to food or liquids moving to the lungs instead of the digestive system. Zyprexa can also cause difficulty controlling body temperature, which may lead to serious dehydration if not discovered and treated. Additionally, like other antipsychotic medications, Zyprexa increases a person's risk for a nervous system disorder called Tardive Dyskinesia and a rare but possibly fatal disorder called Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome.

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