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Geodon (Ziprasidone)

Prescription only
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.

3.4/ 5 average rating with 23 reviewsforGeodon
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.

Upsides
  • 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.
  • 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.
Downsides
  • 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.
  • 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.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Injection
  • Pill
  • Injection
Price
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Reviews
23 reviews so far
43%
saidit'sworth it
43%
saiditworked well
30%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
12possible side effects
  • Injection Site Pain
    9%
  • Somnolence
    8%
  • Nausea
    4%
  • Headache
    3%
  • Diarrhea
    3%
  • Dizziness
    3%
  • Insomnia
    3%
  • Asthenia
    2%
  • Hypertension
    2%
  • Anxiety
    2%
  • Agitation
    2%
  • Extrapyramidal Syndrome
    2%
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The Thorazine (chlorpromazine) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • Increased risk of death
    • Elderly patients with dementia
  • Suicidal thoughts or behavior
  • Heart problems
    • History of heart problems
    • Drug interactions
    • Low potassium
    • Low magnesium
  • Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS)
  • Abnormal and involuntary muscle movements
    • Duration of treatment
  • Low blood pressure
  • Risk to fetus
    • Women of childbearing age
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  • Increased risk of death
    • People over 65 with dementia and psychosis
  • Difficulty controlling movements
  • Neuroleptic malignant syndrome
    • Taking antipsychotic medications
  • Breathing problems
    • Asthma
    • COPD
    • Acute respiratory infections
  • Heat stroke and dehydration
    • Benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH)
    • Urinary retention
    • Decreased movement in the intestines
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