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What is olanzapine?

Olanzapine, which is sold under the brand name Zyprexa, is used to treat the psychiatric conditions schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Schizophrenia is a disorder that affects how a person functions, thinks, and experiences emotions. Bipolar disorder causes a person to go back and forth between periods of unusually high energy and periods of depression. A type of drug called an atypical antipsychotic, olanzapine treats these conditions by affecting the chemical processes in the brain. Olanzapine can be injected or taken as a tablet that you swallow.

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