Zyprexa is an atypical antipsychotic prescription drug. It is an atypical antipsychotic because it affects the nervous system in a manner different than a simple tranquilizer and has less side effects than other medications in its class (credits to the user deep thought for that tidbit).

used to treat schizophrenia, psychotic disorders, and "thought" disorders. Sometimes MPD (DID) patients are put on small doses to minimize the switching.

5 mg doses are the lowest possible dose. I've known hardcore schizophrenics to be on as much as 40 mg, although anything over 15 mg is a lot, and usually only schizophrenics get medicated that much.

Weight gain and decrease in energy is a very common side effect (regardless of what some doctors say), as this drug is in the same class as thorazine.
It is possible to be prescribed less than 5mg of Zyprexa. I am currently on 2.5mg daily.

The psychotherapist referred to it as "an organizer", a term which I have never heard used in regard to any medication.

Perhaps he is being innovative.

Zyprexa is also used to treat manic episodes and mixed states, or hypomanic depression. It is most effective when treating a person with BPI, or classic manic depression, as it quickly brings one down from a grandiose state of mind, usually by inducing sleep. In hypomania, or BPII, it is also considered effective, but can be a bit of overkill at times. Known side effects include hallucination, prolonged lethargy, and a general sense of confusion. A 5 mg dose is usually used to stop a manic episode; however, Zyprexa can be taken at much lower levels on a daily basis.

I have also been prescribed 5 mgs of Zyprexa for treatment of anxiety disorder and panic. Zyprexa is used in concert with celexa to treat sleeplessness, nightmares, anxiety and mood swings associated with clinical depression. Women should avoid Class C medications like Zyprexa if they are planning to get pregnant or already are pregnant, unless it is absolutely necessary.

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