Compare loxapine vs. Geodon

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Loxitane
(loxapine)

Geodon
(ziprasidone)

Treats schizophrenia. Loxitane (loxapine) is not recommended as a first choice medicine for treatment of schizophrenia, but it can be good if other medicines haven't worked because of bad side effects.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.
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Best available price for 60 (10mg) capsules of loxapine
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Best available price for 30 (40mg) capsules of geodon
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Side effects
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The loxapine FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

More about loxapine side effects »
  • Extrapyramidal symptoms 6%
  • Drowsiness 7%
  • Nausea 3%
  • Constipation 1%
  • Respiratory tract infection 5%
  • Dizziness 2%
  • Indigestion 1%
  • Restlessness 1%
  • Muscle weakness 2%
  • Diarrhea 1%
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How it works
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Loxitane (loxapine) is a typical antipsychotic. It works in the brain to calm down parts of the brain that might be responsible for aggressive behavior.Geodon (Ziprasidone) is a second generation antipsychotic. It treats schizophrenia and bipolar disorder by adjusting the levels of dopamine and serotonin in your brain, which affects thoughts and mood.
Type of medication
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Prescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
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  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Injection
Used for
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Risk factors for serious side effects
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  • People age 65 and older with dementia and psychosis
  • Taking antipsychotic medications
  • History of seizures
Detailed Loxitane (loxapine) risks & warnings »
  • Elderly patients with dementia
  • History of heart problems
  • Drug interactions
  • Low potassium
  • Low magnesium
Detailed Geodon (ziprasidone) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Alcohol
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  • Don't drink alcohol or take narcotics while taking Loxitane (loxapine) since you can have problems breathing.
No alcohol related info.
Food
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  • Take Loxitane (loxapine) with food to avoid stomach upset.
No food related info.
Sleep
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No sleep related info.
  • Can cause drowsiness when you first start taking it, so avoid activities that require you to be alert until you know how it affects you.
Weight
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No weight related info.
  • It causes slightly less weight gain than similar medicines.
Upsides and benefits
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  • Loxitane (loxapine) can be used to control schizophrenia if other medicines haven't worked because you don't like their side effects.
  • Loxitane (loxapine) is available as a generic.
  • 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 and risks
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  • Loxitane (loxapine) is not recommended as a first choice for treating schizophrenia because it's more likely to cause trouble with controlling movements.
  • Loxitane (loxapine) can stop vomiting, so it can be difficult to tell if someone's overdosed on drugs.
  • Loxitane (loxapine) can raise heart rate and lower blood pressure.
  • 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.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
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  • Take Loxitane (loxapine) with food to avoid stomach upset.
  • Don't drive or do anything requiring concentration until you know how Loxitane (loxapine) affects you since it can make you sleepy.
  • Don't drink alcohol or take narcotics while taking Loxitane (loxapine) since you can have problems breathing.
  • Be very careful getting up if you've been sitting or lying down for a while as Loxitane (loxapine) can cause changes in your blood pressure, which might make you more likely to faint or fall.
  • It usually takes 4 to 6 weeks to see the full effects, so hang in there and wait until it works to figure out the right dose for you.
  • Take Geodon (Ziprasidone) twice a day, preferably with food.
  • Can cause drowsiness when you first start taking it, so avoid activities that require you to be alert until you know how it affects you.
  • Geodon (Ziprasidone) can cause heart problems, so call your doctor right away if you faint or feel a change in your heartbeat.
  • Let your doctor know if you're taking a diuretic (water pill) or have a condition like chronic diarrhea that'll lower the amount of potassium or magnesium in your blood.
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