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Extensive Side Effects of Treatment of Depressive and Bipolar Disorder: Serious Allergic Reactions

Symbyax AKA olanzapine and fluoxetine HCl, is for treatment of depressive episodes associated with bipolar disorder. Symbyax combines 2 psychotropic agents, olanzapine, active ingredient in Zyprexa, and fluoxetine hydrochloride, the active ingredient in Prozac is an SSRI, (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor). Olanzapine is a thienobenzodiazepine, considered an "atypical" antipsychotic medication used to treat schizophrenia.

Prozac is prescribed for depression and Zyprexa is for schizophrenia and short-term treatment of manic episodes. Zyprexa has also been submitted to be the FDA for long-term maintenance of bipolar disorder.

Side effects can include:

Weight gain, sleepiness, diarrhea, dry mouth, increased appetite, weakness, swelling of hands and feet, sore throat, lack of concentration, severe allergic reactions, including hives, facial swelling of the eyes, mouth, or tongue, trouble breathing or a rash with fever and joint pain, strokes, transient ischemic attacks, high blood sugar or diabetes, neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS, a rare, life-threatening reaction to medications to treat mental health issues), tardive dyskinesia, low blood pressure, seizures.