I’ve been on zyprexa (olanzapine) for less than a month now. I mentioned the array of side effects, present and possible in a previous post.
But I was greatly disturbed last night, when I experienced what I can only describe as a blackout. It frightening. I was doing some DYI, painting a coffee table. I remember I was smoking a ciggie and the next thing I remember is its light, its morning, and I’m walking around the flat. I was in the same clothes that I wore yesterday. No pajamas. I love my pajamas and NEVER go to bed without them. And the scariest part…. my bed wasn’t slept in. So what was I doing between 10pm and 3am?? My DIY stuff was undisturbed. Earlier that evening I had started to roast a chicken. When I regained my senses at 3am, all I could smell was the chicken still cooking! It was a big lump of charcoal and I’ll have to throw the roasting pan away because its destroyed.
There is a time frame that I have no recollection of. Was it a blackout? Or was it one of the recorded side effects of olanzapine – a memory lapse, amnesia, a memory gap, short term memory loss, memory problems or confusion. No mention of blackouts. So I turned to google:
‘…the only experience I have had with olanzepine is that it made me black out‘
‘I…. have short term memory loss too – it feels like mini blackouts. I take Olanzapine….’
‘….. .Lamotrogine amplified my mood issues, oddly, and caused blackouts. I am currently on olanzapine…’
‘ I have a lot of memory problems – short and long term memories. But I blame them on having so many ECTs in my lifetime. A lot of it could also be due to Lithium and/or risperdal….’
It would also seem that there might be an interaction between lithium and olanzapine which can cause blackouts.
So, which dirty rotten scoundrels may be causing episodes – lithium, lamotrogine, ECT or olanzapine? Who’s the culprit? My money’s on olanzapine because I’ve been taking the other meds for a long time without this side effect, and I haven’t had ECT recently. These blankouts started with olanzapine. Or perhaps is an interaction with the other drugs.
Its times like these when I feel so vulnerable, I wish I had a partner to watch over me. It’s given me a huge scare and I’m not taking that shit again. Ever. And I will phone my doc as soon as he’s back at work. You know its infuriating the cost involved with these ‘experiments’ of different medication. You pay for a months supply, take for one week only to discover, oops that one is not suitable. I’m throwing good money after bad. As it is I can’t afford the generic Ritalin. What the hell am I supposed to do? I curse the medical companies. Bunch of sharks exploiting the mental health community.