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Can you take olanzapine when you need to sleep for example

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Can you take olanzapine when you need to sleep for example
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 3 years ago.

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zyprexa is olanzapine

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this medication is used for patients who have schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.

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why are you trying to come off of it?

Dr. David :

if it helps you, you should stay on it.

Dr. David :

do you have schizophrenia or bipolar disorder?

Customer: Because I want to feel normal and do normal things it's does sedate you and make you slower but I really wanted to know if I could could go with out and then take it a couple of days and stop taking it again.
Dr. David :

it is not a medication to use once in a while.

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it is better to use all the time.

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you have bipolar disorder?

Customer: Hav schizophrenia but hav job and don't want to be like this for the rest of my life.
Dr. David :

shcizophrenia can be a life long illness that needs treatment for a long time.

Dr. David :

that is good you have a job.

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the less frequent you take it, the more likely your schizophrenia can become out of control

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and can threaten your job

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and when you stop taking it, your sleep is worse, correct?

Customer: Sorry to be so blunt I appreciate your advice does taking it once in a while have medical risks
Dr. David :

yes,

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it can increase your risk of your schizophrenia coming back

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and affecting your thinking.

Customer: I first came off it with the blessing of my doctor because very mild am not violent I went to university I also have narcolepsy which I don't think helps
Customer: I think that because I hadnt gad sex for about 8years it brought this on and affected my sleep could this be true!
Dr. David :

no sex would not affect sleep.

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are you having sex now?

Dr. David :

you are still having sleep problems now, right

Customer: I thought it would help sleep but all it has done is make myself very low yes
Dr. David :

it is not a medication just for sleep

Dr. David :

it is used for schizophrenia.

Dr. David :

if you are having sleep problems you need to talk to your doctor about options to help your sleep

Dr. David :

regular exercise during the day can help sleep

Dr. David :

avoiding caffeine and coffee and sodas can help sleep

Dr. David :

setting a set bed time, no computers and no TV in the bed room can help sleep

Dr. David :

sleep aids like tylenol PM and melatonin can help sleep.

Customer: Sleep is the issue because been fine I felt great for the month where can you get those from the doctor
Dr. David :

tylenol PM and melanonin are over the counter.

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you don't need to see a doctor for them.

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but you should let your doctor know you are taking them.

Dr. David :

you can buy them at the drug store.

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but they are mild and help with you feeling sleepy.

Dr. David :

you still have to exercise during the day to help you sleep at night

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and watch your caffeine and alcohol consumption which can both affect sleep

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does this make sense?

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Customer: What are the symptoms of shizophrenia
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hearing voices which are not there.

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seeing things which other people can't see.

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having suggestions and thoughts and voices in your mind which you find difficult to ignore.

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different people have different types of schizophrenia.

Customer: That's not me at the moment and really i don't think I have schizophrenia
Customer: I think because I have narcolepsy I when in rem mode I can hallucinate could this be true
Dr. David :

when you are sleeping, it is normal to dream.

Dr. David :

but during the day, when you are awake you should not be hallucinating.

Dr. David :

if you are hallucinating during the day, that is schizophrenia.

Customer: Could you recommend a doctor I could see in Wakefield because I don't think they listen .
Customer: it is at the point of sleep I'm at the point between sleep and being awake
Dr. David :

GP doctor or psychiatrist?

Customer: Yes
Customer: I have never had delusions during the day or hallucinations
Customer: It is allway when I'm going to sleep
Dr. David :

perhaps that is because you have been on olanzapine before.

Dr. David :

have you seen these doctors

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http://woodhouse-doctors.co.uk/your-team/doctors/

Customer: Sorry could you explain what you because I have been on olanzapine before
Dr. David :

it could be because the olanzapine which has caused you not to have delusions during the day or hallucinations during the day.

Customer: Thanks for that I haven't do they have doctors in wakefield
Dr. David :

yes.

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http://www.almshouseandsandal.co.uk/

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http://www.almshouseandsandal.co.uk/staff1.aspx?t=1

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http://www.warrengate.org.uk/

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is another option.

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http://www.warrengate.org.uk/staff1.aspx?t=1

Customer: No I mean that before I was on olanzapine could be true that but I think because I wanted to be a very good person with good job I went uni and then pushed and think going without sex for eight years has caused me this I did like myself when on olanzapine and now I've pushed got myself like I guess that I'm just that sort of person who succesptible to this
Dr. David :

no, going without sex for 8 years will not cause schizophrenia type symptoms.

Customer: I don't know why this happened to me I want to be someone who does things not sit on the couch all day
Customer: Should have stayed on tablets I think might have to go back on them or I will lose everything
Customer: Do they have psychiatrists in those doctors surgerys
Dr. David :

they might have psychiatrist at those hospitals.

Dr. David :

you have to call them to check.

Customer: I always thought that I caused this myself so it good to know thanks
Dr. David :

surgery will not help with schizophrenia.

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you are welcome

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Customer: No I know I meant doctors
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Customer: I have allways been in the shadow of my older brother and sister and when they left home I was quite lonely so I guess I fit the make up for zchisoprenia
Dr. David :

talking to a psychotherapist can help as well.

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your doctor can refer you to a therapist where you can talk about your feelings more.

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that might help.

Customer: Had one last question but forgot so thank you for your help
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