Proper Use

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Take this medicine exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not take more of it, do not take it more often, and do not take it for a longer time than your doctor ordered.

This medicine should come with a medication guide. Read and follow these instructions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions. Ask your pharmacist for the medication guide if you do not have one.

If you are using the orally disintegrating tablet (Zyprexa® Zydis®), make sure your hands are dry before you handle the tablet. Do not open the blister pack that contains the tablet until you are ready to take it. Remove the tablet from the blister pack by peeling back the foil, then taking the tablet out. Do not push the tablet through the foil. Place the tablet in your mouth. It should melt quickly. After the tablet has melted, swallow or take a sip of water.

You may take this medicine with or without food.

Tell your doctor if you smoke tobacco. You might need a different amount of this medicine if you smoke.

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For oral dosage form (orally disintegrating tablets, regular tablets):
    • For treatment of schizophrenia:
      • Adults—At first, 5 to 10 milligrams (mg) once a day. Your doctor may adjust your dose if needed. However, the dose is usually not more than 20 mg per day.
      • Teenagers and children 13 to 17 years of age—At first, 2.5 or 5 milligrams (mg) once a day. Your doctor may adjust your dose if needed. However, the dose is usually not more than 20 mg per day.
      • Children younger than 13 years of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
    • For treatment of bipolar disorder:
      • Adults—At first, 5 to 15 milligrams (mg) once a day. Your doctor may adjust your dose if needed. However, the dose is usually not more than 20 mg per day.
      • Teenagers and children 13 to 17 years of age—At first, 2.5 or 5 milligrams (mg) once a day. Your doctor may adjust your dose if needed. However, the dose is usually not more than 20 mg per day.
      • Children younger than 13 years of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
    • For treatment of mania with bipolar disorder:
      • Adults—At first, 10 to 15 milligrams (mg) once a day. Your doctor may adjust your dose if needed. However, the dose is usually not more than 20 mg per day.
      • Teenagers and children 13 to 17 years of age—At first, 2.5 or 5 milligrams (mg) once a day. Your doctor may adjust your dose if needed. However, the dose is usually not more than 20 mg per day.
      • Children younger than 13 years of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.

Storage

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.