Zyprexa & Diabetes (Olanzapine)

Zyprexa & Diabetes (Olanzapine)

Injured by Zyprexa? Side effects of this antipsychotic drug include diabetes, weight gain, hyperglycemia, pancreatitis, and diabetic ketoacidosis.Zyprexa.

Zyprexa Risks

The following are the risks and side effects associated with Zyprexa therapy. This list is not exhaustive. From the FDA web site, Zyprexa’s risks include:

  • A life-threatening nervous system problem called neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS). NMS can cause a high fever, stiff muscles, sweating, a fast or irregular heart beat, change in blood pressure, and confusion. NMS can affect your kidneys. NMS is a medical emergency. Call your healthcare professional right away if you experience these symptoms.
  • A movement problem called tardive dyskinesia (TD). Call your healthcare professional right away if you get muscle movements that cannot be stopped.
  • High blood sugar and diabetes. Patients with diabetes or who have a higher chance for diabetes should have their blood sugar checked often.
  • Strokes have happened in older patients treated for mental illness from dementia. Zyprexa is not approved for this use. See FDA Alert.
  • Other serious side effects include low blood pressure seen as dizziness, and possibly fainting; increased heart beat; seizures; liver problems; increased body temperature; and difficulty swallowing.
  • The most common side effects include sleepiness, dry mouth, dizziness, restlessness, constipation, upset stomach, weight gain, increased appetite, and tremor.

Zyprexa Settlement

Eli Lilly has already agreed to a Zyprexa settlement including some $700 Million to those injured by the drug. In September 2003, the FDA required changes to the Zyprexa warning label to clearly alert the risk of diabetes and hyperglycemia associated with the drug.

Zyprexa Lawsuits: seeking a personal injury lawyer

Do you suffer from diabetes or another condition as a result of Zyprexa? Your injuries as a result of Zyprexa may entitle you to legal compensation.

If you think you have a Zyprexa lawsuit, contact GPW for a free, confidential legal consultation, through our web form or call 1-800-471-3980 now.

For over twenty years, the lawyers of GPW have represented people injured by defective products. Learn more about GPW.


  • diabetes – a disease characterized by persistent hyperglycemia, as a result of inadequate production of or inadequate response to insulin, or a combination of these factors.
  • Diabetic ketoacidosis – a combination of hyperglycemia, ketonemia, and acidemia.
  • hyperglycemia – high blood sugar.
  • ketoacidosis – the build up of ketones (acids) in the blood.
  • pancreatitis – inflammation of the pancreas.

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