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What should seniors know before using Zyprexa?

The antipsychotic medication Zyprexa (olanzapine) can be life-threatening to a senior who has psychosis related to dementia. In fact, this drug, which is prescribed to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, is not approved for use in older people who have psychosis related to dementia. A doctor who gives Zyprexa to an older person will monitor her very closely and will increase her dose more slowly than is typical for younger patients.

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