Olanzapine/Zyprexa at very low dose for severe anxiety - any good?

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What are people's experience of very low dose (1.25/2,5mg) olanzapine for severe anxiety / sleeping problems? It has been suggested for me. I have severe anxiety and severe depression. Does it really help with anxiety and it is better than benzodiazapines for anxiety? - I don't get on that well with benzodiazapines and they can be very addictive and I am convinced they make me more depressed. Also has low dose olanzapine given anyone any stomach / gi problems and are there any problems wih adding to existing depression?

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C

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    I've been taking Olanzapine 5mg for year. It's helped reduce mood swings and moments of self harm. The drug make me feel 'flat', with fewer ups and downs. For me, the only side effect is increased appetite. I've found the drug beneficial.

    I have both ADHD and autism spectrum disorder. I take Concerta (a slow release version of Ritalin) for ADHD as well as Olanzapine. As far as I can tell, taking these drugs together is fine. I also take Mirtazapine.

    My ADHD doctor has recmmended that my regular GP reviews the Olanzapine use every 6 months. Olanzapine does come with side effects, which may not immediately apparent.

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    I have had a very severe condition after taking olanzipine for about 10 months. I am bipolar and it was prescribed to help my depression. It caused me to develop tardive dyskenesia. This causes involary movement of the tongue, lips and jaw. It can become very debilatating. I was taken off of it and the symp[tons are somewhat improved, but still do remain at times. I would suggest looking up tardive dyskenesia and what medications can cause this condition. You will find zyprexa as a cause. It takes some time to develop, but I only took it for 10 mos. At first, I didn't know anything about dyskenesia, but it is very frightening. 
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      How horrifying Betty - what dose were you on. Also do you mind me asking your age - I have been told tardive dyskenisia can be more common and these drugs in older people. However that isn't to say it couldn't develop in someone younger. It sounds awful.

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