- April 22, 2020
Alltypes of medications are used treat one form of a disease to another.However, some of them have dangerous side effects that can lead tothe introduction of a new disease in a patient, or react in a deadlyway which can result in death. In this case, anti-psychoticmedication is issued to patients diagnosed with mental disorders,specifically bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. This medicationhelps in reducing hallucinations, eliminate depression, and assist inthought processing. However, anti-psychotic medication that containsolanzapine and clozapine agents have been identified as factors thatincrease the risk of a patient to get diabetes mellitus (Journal ofThe American Medical Association, 2005). This risk is increasedbecause the olanzapine and clozapine agents tend to cause insulinresistance in the body.
Insulinis vital in the operation of body activities as the blood cellsrequire insulin to absorb energy (glucose) produced by the body. Theolanzapine and clozapine agents end up increasing the resistance ofthe cells absorbing glucose, which leads to lower body energy and anexcess amount of glucose in the body (WebMD, 2005). This may resultin several diseases such as stroke, blindness, kidney and heartdisease.
Ashospitals aim to achieve high-quality patient care for theirpatients, it should be critical that hospitals identify another formof medication to treat mentally ill patients. However, if theanti-psychotic medications have to contain olanzapine and clozapineagents, it should be made mandatory that all patients taking thismedication be frequently screened. This is to ensure that theolanzapine and clozapine agents are not overwhelming the patient’sbody cells, which may result in lower insulin levels. The patient’swell-being should be the priority in hospitals, and the doctorsshould ensure that all forms of medication should aim to make thepatient better, and not make them worse.
JournalOf The American Medical Association. (2005, January 5). Two AtypicalAnti-psychotic Drugs May Be Associated With An Increased Risk OfDiabetes For Patients With Schizophrenia. Retrieved fromhttps://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/01/050104113836.htm
WebMD.(2005). Diabetes Mellitus: Types, Symptoms, Causes, Treatments.Retrieved fromhttp://www.webmd.com/diabetes/guide/types-of-diabetes-mellitus#1