Are you able to work with Olanzapine (Zyprexa) ? Did you lose your ability to comunicate with it ? Did it improve you problem solving abilities ? Do you feel Olanzapine (Zyprexa) has helped you to keep your work ? If so, what were the things that improved when you took it ?
Hello. Yes. I have taken zyprexa a long time, and I have been able to work in some capacity most of the time.
Zyprexa keeps my symptoms of psychosis away which is essential to be able to function. I have been taking 5mg daily for a long time now. I was on 10mg before that, then it was very difficult to work because i got too much sideeffects. People could see that something was not quite right about me. I can still get that if I start working early, so I found the best option for me was to work in a shop that opens later in the day (10am), that way I get rid of the worst sideeffects before I start to work.
I found it was difficult to communicate on 10mg, it’s better now on 5. I also find it helps to have healthy habits for the brain. Avoid anything that gives me brainfog like spending too much time on internet/tv, solving mind puzzles and supplementing with herbs and vitamins to counteract the sideeffects of the drug.
I am taking 7,5mg. I have to look for a job at the moment. It helps me knowing that somebody who is taking the same medication is able to work
Thank you for your question, for
the reply makes me feel a little better too.
I take 20mg of Olanzapine at night, my mornings are non existent and am still tired when I do get up, but my symptoms of psychosis have improved. On a bad day I take two pills not just one but … day by day
I haven’t really been out of the house in four years but am hopeful to the future. Thank you again for your posts.
I was mildly depressed the whole time I took Zyprexa. I craved sugar and I slept a lot. It’s not as bad for me as some med’s are, but I still don’t like it.
I worked a full time job on 10mg Olanzapine. Problem solving was difficult as it made it hard for me to think, but I could do most tasks well enough. It actually stabilized my mood better than my current medication, but the difficulty thinking clearly was a deal-breaker for me in the end. Also it did bad things to my metabolism.
Did you find a medication that worked better for problem solving ?
Try Abilify, Rexulti or Vraylar. They don’t fully block dopamine. Other antipsychotics fully block dopamine. Dopamine is required for cognition. But some cognitive loss is permanent from psychosis.
I couldn’t live with the anxiety from Abilify. And I think Rexulti and Vraylar aren’t available where I live.
If you guys have difficulty waking up in the morning with Olanzepine, try asking your psychiatrist for Wellbutrin. It will give you a huge energy boost. I only sleep 7 hours a day on it. Wellbutrin is an off label ADHD drug so it supposedly helps with concentration and alertness also.
I work part time delivering ad mail. Ive had on and off fulltime jobs for about 6 months at a time. Honestly I find it very hard to have a full time job on olanzapine. My longest running job was about 6 1/2 years at a gas station, which I now attribute to an understanding owner.
I worked taking 20mg for two years.
Basically I put on 35 kilos, and was a zombie at work until about 11am.
No idea why I did not get fired.
Safe to say when I realised it was the pill I took everyday causing it, I went ■■■■■■■ ape ■■■■
I’m on Rexulti now. I can think clearly, but I can only work three days a week as I get stressed easily.