A doctor prescribed Zyprexa to me for aggressive behavior when I was 13. I was not diagnosed with bipolar disorder or anything like that. Zyprexa made me have violent thoughts (very scary) and made me gain 90-100 lbs. The company that makes Zyprexa, Eli Lilly, has been sued for billions of dollars for illegal marketing (such as in my case, when they gave it to me for being disobedient) and for downplaying the serious side affects of this medication, which is primarily severe weight gain and diabetes. For adolescents, the side effects also include violent thoughts and suicide, among other things. I'm not trying to scare you, I'm just trying to tell you that Zyprexa is a very controversial drug and it has caused a lot of people suffering. Please do extensive research on it, and talk to your doctor about other medications you might be able to use in place of Zyprexa.
" * Last July, Eli Lilly agreed to pay up to half a billion dollars in order to settle 18,000 claims by patients who claimed they had developed diabetes or suffered a stroke while taking Lilly’s number one atypical antipsychotic, Zyprexa.
* By September, a federal district court judge granted a motion to unseal hundreds of confidential documents about Zyprexa, part of a class-action case filed by pension funds, labor unions and insurance companies seeking for reimbursement for millions allegedly overspent on Zyprexa. They contend the company knowingly withheld information regarding the drug’s side effects while marketing it for off-label use.
* Lilly applied to expand the drug for use by adolescents. Zyprexa is frequently given “off label” to children and teens to treat everything from behavioral problems, including aggression and defiance, to bipolar disorders. A St. Petersburg Times investigation finds in Florida children prescribed antipsychotics have increased some 250 percent over the last seven years.
* In 2004, the American Diabetes Association found Zyprexa more dangerous a cause of diabetes and hyperglycemia than other atypicals because of Zyprexa’s propensity to cause weight gain.
* A recent study found, elderly patients who are given antipsychotic drugs, such as Zyprexa, are three times as likely to experience serious health problems or death within a month of use, compared to those patients not given the drugs, according to recent findings by Canadian researchers.
* In 2007, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices and the Division of Public Health Sciences, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, conducted a longitudinal Adverse Events Reporting System Review of the U.S. FDA's most dangerous drugs. The study found Zyprexa was the thirteenth deadliest drug in the study, with over 1,000 deaths attributed to its use over an eight year period.
With global sales in 2006 eclipsing $4.2 billion, Zyprexa is among Lilly’s top-selling drug and a major contributor to company profits."
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