Monday, March 23, 2009

Zyprexa and Prozac, or, tethered to a fat ball of happy


Zyprexa is a nifty drug that the drug company Lilly put out a few years ago that was, up to now, used primarily for Schizophrenics. Better than most drugs for this condition, it had the one big drawback that Lilly refused to admit – it made skinny people fat and fat people obese.

Long used for other conditions, like depression, in what is called an ‘off-label’ use, it has now been authorized for treatment of severe depression.

As a user of effexor, a depression med also know for weight gain (though no where near as severe as Zyprexa,) I can only ask if the cure is the disease in this case. Schizophrenia might be worth giving up almost anything to improve – depression might not.

Weighing 300 pounds and not being depressed seems very depressing to me. At some point being fat kills ambition, limits freedom and shuts down the willingness to move.

Read the link below about Zyprexa – and pharmacy companies in general – and let me know what you think.










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