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Olanzapine Long-Acting Injection (LAI) Data Presented at First Annual Schizophrenia International Research Society Conference
Date:6/22/2008

s, patients with schizophrenia are at greater risk for medical comorbidities than the general population.

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Olanzapine is indicated in the United States for the treatment of schizophrenia, acute mixed and manic episodes of bipolar disorder, and maintenance treatment of bipolar disorder. In Europe, olanzapine is indicated for the treatment of schizophrenia and olanzapine is effective in maintaining the clinical improvement during continuation therapy in patients who have shown an initial treatment response. Olanzapine is also indicated in patients whose manic episode has responded to olanzapine treatment and it is indicated for the prevention of recurrence in patients with bipolar disorder.

Since olanzapine was introduced in 1996, it has been prescribed to approximately 24 million people worldwide. Olanzapine is not approved for patients under 18 years of age.

Hyperglycemia, in some cases extreme and associated with ketoacidosis or hyperosmolar coma or death, has been reported in patients treated with atypical antipsychotics, including olanzapine. While relative risk estimates are inconsistent, the association between atypical antipsychotics and increases in glucose levels appears to fall on a continuum and olanzapine appears to have a greater association than some other atypical antipsychotics. Physicians should consider the risks and benefits when prescribing olanzapine to patients with an established diagnosis of diabetes mellitus, or who have borderline increased blood glucose level. Patients taking olanzapine should be monitored regularly for worsening of glucose control. Persons with risk factors for diabetes who are starting on atypical antipsychotics should undergo baseline and periodic fasting blood glucose testing. Patients who develop symptoms of hyperglycemia during treatment should undergo fasting blood glucose testing.

Undesirable alterations in lipids have been observed with olanzapine use. Clinical mon
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