Compare chlorpromazine vs. Geodon

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Thorazine (chlorpromazine)

Prescription only

Geodon (Ziprasidone)

Prescription only
Stabilizes your mood.

Thorazine (chlorpromazine) has more side effects than other medicines like it. It is most useful during psychotic episodes because it slows you down quickly.

Helps control your thoughts and mood.

Geodon (Ziprasidone) treats bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, and causes fewer side effects than similar medicines. It’s not a good choice if you have heart problems.

4.6/ 7 average rating with 23 reviewsforGeodon
Upsides
  • Acts fast to slow you down during a psychotic episode.
  • Can also be used for nausea or migraines.
  • Safe for use in children as young as 6 months.
  • Comes in a sugar-coated pill for easy administration.
  • Geodon (Ziprasidone) can be used with lithium or valproate to better treat bipolar disorder.
  • Geodon (Ziprasidone) can treat agitation in people with schizophrenia by reducing symptoms of anxiety, nervousness, and distress.
  • Compared to other antipsychotics, it has a lower risk of weight gain, hyperglycemia, and hyperlipidemia.
  • The Geodon (Ziprasidone) capsule is available as a generic.
  • The injectable form can treat sudden agitation in schizophrenia when it's not possible to use the capsules.
  • It's available as a pill that you take by mouth daily for continuous treatment and as an injection used for short-term treatment of agitation.
Downsides
  • Has more side effects than other medicines like it.
  • Can affect how your other medicines work.
  • Makes you more sensitive to the sun.
  • Can make you dizzy or lightheaded, especially when injected.
  • Cannot be stopped right away.
  • Elderly people with dementia shouldn’t take Geodon (Ziprasidone).
  • You shouldn’t take Geodon (Ziprasidone) if you have a history of heart problems (slow heart rate, recent heart attack, heart failure, or heart rhythm problems). It’s also not safe to take if you have low potassium or magnesium, or are taking medicines that increase the risk of this happening (diuretics).
  • You'll need to get blood tests before you start taking Geodon (Ziprasidone).
  • It causes slightly less weight gain than similar medicines.
  • Can't take Geodon (Ziprasidone) capsules and injections at the same time. Capsules should be used instead of the injection as soon as possible.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Injection
  • Pill
  • Injection
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23 
43%
think this treatment is worth it
43%
think this treatment works well
30%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
The Thorazine (chlorpromazine) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
10possible side effects
  • Injection Site Pain
    9%
  • Somnolence
    8%
  • Nausea
    4%
  • Headache
    3%
  • Diarrhea
    3%
  • Dizziness
    3%
  • Insomnia
    3%
  • Asthenia
    2%
  • Hypertension
    2%
  • Anxiety
    2%
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Risks and warnings
  • Increased risk of death

    People over 65 with dementia and psychosis

  • Neuroleptic malignant syndrome

    Taking antipsychotic medications

  • Breathing problems

    Asthma

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Heat stroke and dehydration

    Benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH)

    ...and 2 more risk factors

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  • Increased risk of death

    Elderly patients with dementia

  • Heart problems

    History of heart problems

    ...and 3 more risk factors

  • Abnormal and involuntary muscle movements

    Duration of treatment

  • Risk to fetus

    Women of childbearing age

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