During my manic episodes, I get to be on a super fun medication called Olanzapine (generic for Zyprexa). It’s an atypical anti-psychotic with heavy sedating properties and a number of side effects. I get insatiably hungry and often gain 10-15 lbs in the first month that I’m on it. When I came back from St. Louis after my psychotic manic episode, I was on Risperdol for so long that I gained 50 pounds. There’s a funny story there for another time. If you see me on the street, remind me to write about Svetlana.
Anywho…Olanzapine makes me gain weight, causes my hands to tremor, and causes endless frustration for Kelly when she tries to wake me up in the morning. See below for a brief list of some of my favorite manic treats:
- 3 Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Bars
- 1 whole cake
- 1 Bag of Sour Gummy Worms
- 3 Amy’s Bean Burrito Microwaveable Dinners
- 1 bag of homemade chocolate chip cookies
- 8 Navel Oranges
As you can see, I develop carbo-loading habits while on Olanzapine. This side effect is typical of any atypical anti-psychotic so if you are just starting out on one of these “wonder drugs” you may have the good fortune of getting the manic munchies.