olanzapine/fluoxetine - oral, Symbyax (cont.)

USES: This medication is a combination of 2 drugs, olanzapine (an antipsychotic drug) and fluoxetine (a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor-SSRI). It is used to treat a certain type of mental/mood disorder (depression associated with bipolar disorder). It is also used to treat depression that has not responded to other medications. This medication may help you sleep, improve your mood, improve your concentration, and decrease nervousness. It works by helping to restore the balance of certain natural substances in the brain (neurotransmitters).Talk to the doctor about the risks and benefits of treatment (especially when used in teenagers). See also Precautions section.

HOW TO USE: Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start using olanzapine/fluoxetine and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, consult your doctor or pharmacist.Take this medication by mouth, with or without food, usually once daily in the evening or as directed by your doctor.The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment.Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. Remember to use it at the same time each day.It may take up to several weeks before the full benefit of this drug takes effect. It is important to continue taking this medication as prescribed even if you feel well. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor. Some conditions may become worse when the drug is abruptly stopped. Your dose may need to be gradually decreased.If your condition persists or worsens, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

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