Compare Geodon vs. Zyprexa

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

Geodon (Ziprasidone)

Prescription only

Zyprexa (olanzapine)

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.

Zyprexa (olanzapine) is good for treating psychosis, mania, and agitation, but it's more likely to cause weight gain and sleepiness than other antipsychotics.

3.7/ 5 average rating with 68 reviewsforZyprexa
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.
  • Effective at relieving psychotic symptoms, manic episodes, and agitation in people with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
  • Less likely to cause heart problems than other antipsychotics.
  • Less likely to cause movement problems compared to older antipsychotics.
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.
  • More likely to cause weight gain and increase cholesterol or blood sugar compared to other antipsychotics.
  • Might make you more sleepy than some antipsychotics.
  • Mild risk of Extrapyramidal Symptoms (EPS): Movement disorders that include stiffness, tremor, restlessness, and slow, repetitive movements you can't control.
  • You may need routine blood tests to check how the medicine is affecting your body..
Used for
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Injection
  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
  • Injection
Price
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Reviews
23 reviews so far
43%
saidit'sworth it
43%
saiditworked well
30%
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68 reviews so far
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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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9possible side effects
  • Drowsiness
    48%
  • Weight gain
    28%
  • Increased appetite
    28%
  • Headache
    17%
  • Fatigue
    14%
  • Dizziness
    7%
  • Dry Mouth
    7%
  • Abdominal pain
    6%
  • Pain in extremity
    5%
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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
  • Blood disorders
  • Neuroleptic malignant syndrome
  • Heart problems
    • History of heart problems
    • Drug interactions
  • Shaking and restlessness
  • Higher blood sugar, high cholesterol, and weight gain
    • People with diabetes
    • People with high cholesterol
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