Hello there, Hope you’re all having an okay day. Just wondered if any of you take 2.5 mg of Olanzapine and could tell me the side effects? I have a friend who may be going on it. Thanks for your assistance. Hippo
I’m on 5mg, which is a really small dose. The main side effect of this drug is weight gain. I put on about 15 pounds, but people on higher doses have reported weight gain as high as 100 pounds or more.
I’ve been taking the 5 mg for over two years now and haven’t gained more than the fifteen pounds, but everyone reacts differently.
Yeah may make you hungrier than usual but it is a low dose. I take 7.5mgs and it works well for me. I live a good life and enjoy it. Not always easy on medications.
I took 2.5 and I just slept more. I couldn’t run as far also. I didn’t like it that much at the time but maybe it wasn’t that bad. My appetite increased. I was the hungriest on olanzapine.
I take 3.75. If I hadn’t been taking it I might have become underweight. No side effects that I can point to.
Olanzapine does raise blood sugar levels. So your friend might need check ups. Some people become diabetic even on low dose I think. Type 2. And might need to exercise to mitigate risk of it.
I heard a lot of side effects but risperdal had a ton too
can’t be an elite athlete
Thanks for your replys😊.
I was on 40mg of Olanzapine for about 17 years.
It made me fat (240lbs), gave me diabetes, high blood sugar, cholesterol and triglycerides. I slept a lot and was tired and lerhargic during the day. When I quit about a year ago it gave me withdrawal insomnia that I’m still dealing with.
I really don’t like Olanzapine.
I’m on 60mg of Lurasidone now, much better med for me.
Hi @LordHeadspark , thanks for your reply I have had the same problem with blood sugar, cholesterol, blood pressure and triglycerides on Haldol . Has your blood sugar and cholesterol count gone down since you went on Laurasidone? Hippo
You’re welcome @hippogal
Since quitting olanzapine I have lost about 80lbs. My triglycerides and cholesterol are normal. My last blood sugar A1C was 6.1 so “pre-diabetic” levels. My blood sugar over the last year or two has been between 6.1 and 6.5 so that is much better, for years when I was overweight my A1C was 8-9.
Lurasidone has been a wonder drug for me. I lost weight and all my health problems went away and it controls my psychosis 100% and no side effects up until a few months ago, the only downside is that after being on Lurasidone for about 2 years I developed akathisia so I take 75mg of Trazodone for that, works perfectly getting rid of my akathisia.
@LordHeadspark congrats on your weight loss and improved health, Lurasidone sounds really good!
I am on 5mg of Olanzapine and I eat normally so I didn’t gain too much weight.
It works good for delusions but it’s not a miracle. It doesn’t fix anxiety.
But I think everyone has different side effects.
I tried Aripiprazole. The anxiety was so strong I couldn’t leave the house.
Now it’s similar with Olanzapine.
Meds don’t work that well with me. But at least I remain calm on meds which is good.
On Olanzapine I get a lot of trouble waking up too. And if I stop taking it I get insomnia.
It is for me!
But everyone is different, I’ve heard others complain about it on this forum.