Podcast 619: Other Uses for Zyprexa - The Emergency Medical Minute

Podcast 619: Other Uses for Zyprexa

Contributor: Don Stader, MD

Educational Pearls:

  • Zyprexa (olanzapine) is a second generation antipsychotic with multiple other uses
  • Excellent for treating nausea in patients undergoing chemotherapy or with THC hyperemesis syndrome
  • Helps with the psychological and emotional aspect of pain
  • Effective in treatment of headaches
  • Can be given under the tongue
  • Fewer incidences of dystonic reactions compared with first generation antipsychotics
  • Patients using anti-dopaminergic should not receive antipsychotics because they also work on dopaminergic receptors


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Jimenez XF, Sundararajan T, Covington EC. A Systematic Review of Atypical Antipsychotics in Chronic Pain Management: Olanzapine Demonstrates Potential in Central Sensitization, Fibromyalgia, and Headache/Migraine. Clin J Pain. 2018 Jun;34(6):585-591. doi: 10.1097/AJP.0000000000000567. PMID: 29077621.

Summarized by Jackson Roos, MS4 | Edited by Erik Verzemnieks, MD

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