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Zyprexa linked to Diabetes, Hyperglycemia

Zyprexa (olanzapine), prescribed for the treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar mania, has been linked to serious side effects. These Zyprexa side effects reportedly include diabetes mellitus, hyperglycemia, pancreatitis and increased risk of suicide. According to some lawsuits, Eli Lilly, maker of Zyprexa, allegedly knew about the link between Zyprexa and diabetes but failed to adequately warn the public about that risk.

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Zyprexa Diabetes and Hyperglycemia

zyprexa diabetesEli Lilly & Co. is accused of heavily promoting Zyprexa as a safe and effective drug for psychotic disorders, while virtually concealing the risks of side effects from doctors and from the patients themselves. In a recent lawsuit, the courts agreed with lawyers representing consumers, finding that prior to 2003, Eli Lilly did not properly disclose risks and known side effects of Zyprexa.

With worldwide distribution to thousands of consumers, Zyprexa's side effects were considered such a risk that in 2002, both the Japanese Health and Welfare Ministry and the Great Britain Medicines Control Agency issued emergency warnings concerning Zyprexa and diabetes-related complications.

According to The New York Times (January 5, 2007), in 2007, Eli Lilly agreed to pay up to $500 million to settle 18,000 lawsuits alleging patients developed diabetes or other serious side effects after taking Zyprexa. By early 2007, according to the newspaper, Lilly had agreed to pay at least $1.2 billion to approximately 28,500 people who alleged the use of Zyprexa caused them harm.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning label in 2003 for all atypical anti-psychotic drugs to include the risk of hyperglycemia. Currently, Zyprexa is still approved as safe and effective. Patients should be aware that it could be dangerous to stop taking the medication, especially abruptly, and should talk with their physicians to decide whether the benefits outweigh the risks of taking Zyprexa.

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If you have or a loved on has taken Zyprexa and suffered from diabetes or hyperglycemia, you may qualify for damages or remedies that may be awarded in a Zyprexa class action or lawsuit. Click the link below to send your Zyprexa complaint to a lawyer for a free Zyprexa case evaluation.

Last updated on Jan-2-14

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Zyprexa Lawsuits New York, NY: It’s been almost eight years since Eli Lilly agreed to settle more than 18,000 Zyprexa lawsuits alleging patients developed diabetes and other health problems after taking Zyprexa. Those lawsuits alleged patients developed serious Zyprexa side effects as a result of taking the antipsychotic medication, and claimed Eli Lilly failed to warn them about the risks [READ MORE]

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No Thanks, Zyprexa Diabetes White River Junction, VT: You can understand a patient’s reticence over starting the antipsychotic drug Zyprexa and the potential for the onset of Zyprexa diabetes. One 65-year-old bipolar patient who submitted a question to Drugs.com posed that very question after being started on 10mg of Zyprexa [READ MORE]


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READER COMMENTS

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chris grange
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was on pill and shot forms of zyprexa i got diabetes. Seizures.had recent tia stroke. Skin sores that hurt like hell.ive been off zyprexa almost 2 years was on max shot and pill at same time

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Diaz
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I was on Zyprexa for 2 years and developed hyperglycemia up to 340 with weight gain of 70lbs. I was always tired and in agonizing pain. My doctor did not help in any aspect but switch medicine.

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New York
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I suffer from several Zyprexa side effects.

Posted by
Alabama
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I got diabetes in 2001 after taking Zyprexa.

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Oregon
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I bcame diabetic while taking Zyprexa.

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Tennessee
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At 12-13 years old, I experienced a weight gain of over 100 lbs. and had blood sugar levels that maxed at over 250.

Posted by
Quebec
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Have been on Zyprexa 15 years or so. Epileptic-type side effects. Not able to work. Suffering and freezing up; not able to function. Withdrawal symptoms too strong to let drug go. Help please.

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California
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I went from 170 to 240 in three months. My triglycerides were 1200. I attempted suicide. I have been in chronic agony since never missing a dose since late 1999. I completely lost my looks and sex drive. I was 280 and diagnosed with severe sleep apnea, and wore a loud breathing machine tight-fitted mask so I wouldn't stop breathing.

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Oklahoma
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After taking this medicine for a month I had to go to the emergency room because I didn't know why I was so sick. My blood sugar was almost 500 and my ketones were off the charts. I was diagnosed with diabetes and put on insulin. The doctor immediately took me off Zyprexa and I had to stay overnight at the hospital.

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California
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Since I started taking Zyprexa eight years ago, I have had severe problems trying to stop and/or change to a different medication. I have been hospitalized several times over the last two years, all while taking Zyprexa sporadically, since I gain so much weight. Also when I don’t take Zyprexa, my paranoia returns more severe. To the point of my wife almost leaving me due to the mood swings.

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Maryland
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Weight gain and Type 2 diabetes.

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Colorado
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Excessive weight gain.

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Virginia
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I have developed diabetes while on Zyprexa.

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California
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Diabetes, COPD, Heart Failure.

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Oregon
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Gained 65 lbs in 6 months, skin rashes and boils, varicose veins, swollen feet, nightmares, depression.

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California
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At two time in my like I was on Zyprexa and gained weight very rapidly each time: 60 pounds in 1998 and 50 pounds in 2012. This has caused me to have debilitating back pain and has made getting things done so much more difficult. I had a heart attack this February partly because of the added weight. I have not been able to return to my career as a professional actor because of the extreme change in my body shape. This has caused me a great deal of financial, emotional and psychological hardship.

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Florida
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Zyprexa caused me excessive weight gain and diabetes. I have medical records to prove it.. I had to go against the doctor and quit taking it. I found a new doctor and lost the weight. But still have problems with my blood sugars.

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California
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Prescribed Zyprexa and now have diabetes.

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Wisconsin
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I have been taking Zyprexa for 12 years now and developed diabetes, high cholesterol, and memory loss. I would like to know if I am entitled to a settlement from the drug maker.

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