Compare Geodon vs. Invega

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

Geodon (Ziprasidone)

Prescription only

Invega (paliperidone)

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
Helps control your thoughts and mood.

Invega (paliperidone) relieves psychotic symptoms and improves mood.

3.1/ 5 average rating with 34 reviewsforInvega
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.
  • Won't make you as sleepy as other antipsychotic medicines.
  • If you have heart or kidney problems, this may be a better option than other antipsychotic medicines.
  • The pill and injection form allows for flexible dosing schedule.
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.
  • Side-effects of weight gain and hormonal imbalance may be intolerable for younger patients.
  • Frequent blood tests are sometimes required to check how the medicine is affecting your body.
Used for
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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saiditworked well
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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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16possible side effects
  • Difficulty controlling movements
    12%
  • Drowsiness
    8%
  • Indigestion
    6%
  • Inability to be still
    6%
  • Nausea
    5%
  • Constipation
    4%
  • Weight gain
    4%
  • Abdominal discomfort
    3%
  • Common cold
    3%
  • Back pain
    3%
  • Fast heartbeat
    2%
  • Stomach upset
    2%
  • Upper respiratory tract infection
    2%
  • Decreased appetite
    2%
  • Increased appetite
    2%
  • Changes in speech
    2%
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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
    • Elderly patients with dementia
  • Heart problems
    • History of heart problems
    • Drug interactions
  • Shaking and restlessness
  • Higher blood sugar and cholesterol and weight gain
    • Diabetes
    • High cholesterol
  • Difficulty concentrating
    • Alcohol
    • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
  • Low blood pressure
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