Compare trifluoperazine vs. Geodon

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Treats anxiety and schizophrenia. Stelazine (trifluoperazine) can be used to treat schizophrenia, but you might have trouble controlling your movements.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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Have you used Stelazine (trifluoperazine)?
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Reviews for Geodon
-43% worse vs. trifluoperazine
-43% worse vs. trifluoperazine
+30% better vs. trifluoperazine
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Side effects

The trifluoperazine FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

More about trifluoperazine 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
Stelazine (trifluoperazine) is a first generation (typical) antipsychotic. It works in schizophrenia by making the brain less sensitive to changes in dopamine, which helps regulate your mood.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
Prescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Injection
Used for
Risk factors for serious side effects
  • People age 65 and older with dementia and psychosis
  • Women age 65 and older
  • Taking antipsychotic medications
  • History of low white or red blood cell counts
Detailed Stelazine (trifluoperazine) risks & warnings »
  • Elderly patients with dementia
  • History of heart problems
  • Drug interactions
  • Low potassium
  • Low magnesium
Detailed Geodon (ziprasidone) risks & warnings »

The FDA hasn’t classified this medicine’s effects on unborn babies. Talk with your doctor about this medicine if you’re pregnant or planning on it.

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.

  • Don't drink alcohol while taking Stelazine (trifluoperazine).
No alcohol related info.
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.
No weight related info.
  • It causes slightly less weight gain than similar medicines.
Upsides and benefits
  • Stelazine (trifluoperazine) is one of the recommended medicines for schizophrenia.
  • It’s approved in children age 6 and older.
  • Available in generic.
  • Compared to other similar medicines, you're less likely to feel dehydrated or have problems with your heart with Stelazine (trifluoperazine).
  • 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
  • If you take Stelazine (trifluoperazine) for more than 12 weeks or are taking high doses of Stelazine (trifluoperazine), you’re at a higher risk for being unable to control your movements.
  • Stelazine (trifluoperazine) can cause agitation and trouble sleeping. These symptoms can sometimes disappear, or there are other treatments you can take to help.
  • 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
  • Stelazine (trifluoperazine) can make you more sensitive to changes in temperature. If it's hot out, drink plenty of liquids, don't exercise too hard, and protect yourself from the sun. If it's cold, dress warm and don't stay outside too long.
  • Stelazine (trifluoperazine) can make you feel sleepy for the first few days. Don't drive or do anything requiring concentration until you know how it affects you.
  • Don't drink alcohol while taking Stelazine (trifluoperazine).
  • You might feel dizzy or faint the first few days you take Stelazine (trifluoperazine). Be very careful getting up if you've been sitting or lying down for a while.
  • If you want to stop taking Stelazine (trifluoperazine) and you've been taking it for at least a few months, talk to your doctor first.
  • 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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