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These medications are comparable to Geodon (Ziprasidone) or used for similar purposes.

Geodon
(Ziprasidone)

Abilify
(Aripiprazole)

Latuda
(Lurasidone)

Invega
(Paliperidone)

Risperdal
(Risperidone)

Saphris
(Asenapine)

Seroquel
(Quetiapine)

Zyprexa
(Olanzapine)

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.Helps control your thoughts and mood. Abilify (Aripiprazole) is good for treating psychosis and mania, and can help with depression. Less likely to cause side effects than any other antipsychotic, but has a risk of suicidal thoughts for people age 24 and younger.Helps control your thoughts and mood. Latuda (Lurasidone) is good for treating schizophrenia and depression related to bipolar disorder. It's less likely to cause weight gain, cholesterol, blood sugar, and heart rhythm problems.Helps control your thoughts and mood. Invega (Paliperidone) is good for treating psychosis and improving mood. It's more likely to cause hormone problems than other antipsychotics.Helps control your thoughts and mood. Risperdal (Risperidone) is good for treating psychosis, mania, and irritability. Among newer antipsychotic medicines, more likely to cause side effects, especially weight gain and hormone problems.Coming soon.Helps control your thoughts and mood. Seroquel (Quetiapine) is good for treating psychosis and mania. Fewer side effects than most antipsychotics, but might be less effective for people over age 40 with schizophrenia.Helps control your thoughts and mood. Zyprexa (Olanzapine) is good for treating psychosis, mania, and agitation. More likely to cause weight gain and sleepiness than other antipsychotics.
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Reviews for Abilify (Aripiprazole)
42%
2% vs. Geodon (Ziprasidone)
38%
6% vs. Geodon (Ziprasidone)
35%
10% vs. Geodon (Ziprasidone)
Reviews for Latuda (Lurasidone)
60%
+16% vs. Geodon (Ziprasidone)
60%
+16% vs. Geodon (Ziprasidone)
21%
+4% vs. Geodon (Ziprasidone)
Reviews for Invega (Paliperidone)
30%
14% vs. Geodon (Ziprasidone)
33%
11% vs. Geodon (Ziprasidone)
30%
5% vs. Geodon (Ziprasidone)
Reviews for Risperdal (Risperidone)
48%
+4% vs. Geodon (Ziprasidone)
41%
3% vs. Geodon (Ziprasidone)
48%
23% vs. Geodon (Ziprasidone)

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Reviews for Seroquel (Quetiapine)
52%
+8% vs. Geodon (Ziprasidone)
46%
+2% vs. Geodon (Ziprasidone)
28%
3% vs. Geodon (Ziprasidone)
Reviews for Zyprexa (Olanzapine)
45%
+1% vs. Geodon (Ziprasidone)
53%
+9% vs. Geodon (Ziprasidone)
47%
22% vs. Geodon (Ziprasidone)
Side effects
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  • Drowsiness 19%
  • Extrapyramidal symptoms 19%
  • Dizziness 9%
  • Restlessness 5%
  • Respiratory tract infection 5%
  • Muscle weakness 4%
  • Adverse reaction 3%
  • Vomiting 3%
  • Abnormal vision 3%
  • Accidental injury 2%
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  • Drowsiness 20%
  • Extrapyramidal disorder 17%
  • Relaxation or sleepiness 17%
  • Fatigue 15%
  • Restlessness 9%
  • Fever 8%
  • Vomiting 7%
  • Decreased appetite 5%
  • Excessive saliva 5%
  • Sleep difficulty 5%
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  • Restlessness 19%
  • Drowsiness 16%
  • Parkinsonism 12%
  • Muscle twitching 6%
  • Nausea 6%
  • Any side effect 3%
  • Agitation 3%
  • Anxiety 3%
  • Indigestion 2%
  • Dizziness 2%
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  • Abnormally fast heart beat 7%
  • Anxiety 5%
  • Common cold 4%
  • Indigestion 4%
  • Constipation 3%
  • Positional low blood pressure 3%
  • Muscle weakness 3%
  • Headache 2%
  • Nausea 2%
  • Abdominal discomfort 2%
More Invega side effects »
  • Relaxation or sleepiness 48%
  • Increased appetite 29%
  • Fatigue 22%
  • Parkinsonism 17%
  • Constipation 11%
  • Dizziness 11%
  • Abdominal pain upper 11%
  • Common cold 10%
  • Nausea 9%
  • Indigestion 8%
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We haven’t found good data for Saphris side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Saphris »
  • Drowsiness 42%
  • Dry mouth 31%
  • Dizziness 17%
  • Fatigue 10%
  • Increased appetite 9%
  • Headache 7%
  • Nausea 6%
  • Constipation 6%
  • Muscle weakness 6%
  • Positional low blood pressure 5%
More Seroquel side effects »
  • Relaxation or sleepiness 39%
  • Increased appetite 25%
  • Weight increase 22%
  • Drowsiness 22%
  • Dry mouth 15%
  • Dizziness 12%
  • Muscle weakness 9%
  • Fatigue 8%
  • Constipation 6%
  • Indigestion 6%
More Zyprexa side effects »
How it works
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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.Abilify (Aripiprazole) is an atypical antipsychotic. Researchers don't know exactly how it works. It seems to change dopamine and serotonin activity in your brain, which affects thoughts and mood.Latuda (Lurasidone) is a second generation antipsychotic. It treats schizophrenia and bipolar depression by adjusting the levels of dopamine and serotonin in your brain, which affects thoughts and mood.Invega (Paliperidone) is an atypical antipsychotic. Researchers don't know exactly how it works. It seems to change dopamine and serotonin activity in your brain, which affect your thoughts and mood.Risperdal (Risperidone) is an atypical antipsychotic. Researchers don't know exactly how it works. It seems to change dopamine and serotonin activity in your brain, which affects thoughts and mood.Coming soon.Seroquel (Quetiapine) is an atypical antipsychotic. Researchers don't know exactly how it works. It seems to change dopamine and serotonin activity in your brain, which affects thoughts and mood.Zyprexa (Olanzapine) is an atypical antipsychotic. Researchers don't know exactly how it works. It seems to change dopamine and serotonin activity in your brain, which affects thoughts and mood.
Type of medication
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Antipsychotic
2nd generation
Prescription only
Antipsychotic
Atypical
Prescription only
Antipsychotic
2nd generation
Prescription only
Antipsychotic
Atypical
Prescription only
Antipsychotic
Atypical
Prescription only
Coming soon.
Antipsychotic
Atypical
Prescription only
Antipsychotic
Atypical
Prescription only
Available as
GeodonAbilifyLatudaInvegaRisperdalSaphrisSeroquelZyprexa
  • Pill
  • Injection
  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
  • Liquid
  • Injection
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Injection
  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
  • Liquid
  • Injection
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
  • Injection
Used for (click to learn more)
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  • Bipolar I disorder
How well it works for depression
The free Iodine Start program helps people track how well they are improving, and find the right antidepressant faster.
The free Iodine Start program (personal reports and coaching) is currently only for antidepressants. For now, you can read our pharmacist info about this medication.Learn more about Geodon (Ziprasidone)The free Iodine Start program (personal reports and coaching) is currently only for antidepressants. For now, you can read our pharmacist info about this medication.Learn more about Abilify (Aripiprazole)The free Iodine Start program (personal reports and coaching) is currently only for antidepressants. For now, you can read our pharmacist info about this medication.Learn more about Latuda (Lurasidone)The free Iodine Start program (personal reports and coaching) is currently only for antidepressants. For now, you can read our pharmacist info about this medication.Learn more about Invega (Paliperidone)The free Iodine Start program (personal reports and coaching) is currently only for antidepressants. For now, you can read our pharmacist info about this medication.Learn more about Risperdal (Risperidone)The free Iodine Start program (personal reports and coaching) is currently only for antidepressants. For now, you can read our pharmacist info about this medication.Learn more about Saphris (Asenapine)The free Iodine Start program (personal reports and coaching) is currently only for antidepressants. For now, you can read our pharmacist info about this medication.Learn more about Seroquel (Quetiapine)The free Iodine Start program (personal reports and coaching) is currently only for antidepressants. For now, you can read our pharmacist info about this medication.Learn more about Zyprexa (Olanzapine)
Risk factors for serious side effects
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  • Elderly patients with dementia
    • History of heart problems
    • Drug interactions
    • Low potassium
    • Low magnesium
      • Duration of treatment
        • Women of childbearing age
        Detailed Geodon (Ziprasidone) risks & warnings »
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        Pregnancy category
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        CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

        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.

        See the FDA package insert
        CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

        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.

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        BFDA pregnancy category (Probably safe)

        Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

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        CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

        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.

        See the FDA package insert
        CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

        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.

        See the FDA package insert
        CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

        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.

        See the FDA package insert
        CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

        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.

        See the FDA package insert
        CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

        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.

        See the FDA package insert
        Alcohol
        No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.
        • Need to avoid drinking alcohol while taking Latuda (Lurasidone).
        No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.
        Food
        • Take Geodon (Ziprasidone) twice a day, preferably with food.
        No specific food-related info.
        • Take it once a day at the same time each day. It works faster when you take it with a small snack (at least 350 calories).
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        Kidneys and liver
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        Sex
        No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.
        Sleep
        • 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.
        • Makes you energized. Take in the morning to avoid difficulty sleeping.
        No specific sleep-related info.
        • Can cause dizziness and drowsiness, or worsen you cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
        • Can cause dizziness and drowsiness.
        No specific sleep-related info.
        • Can cause dizziness, drowsiness, and low blood pressure.
        • Can cause dizziness and drowsiness.
        Weight
        • It causes slightly less weight gain than similar medicines.
        • Compared to other antipsychotics, it has a lower risk of weight gain, hyperglycemia, and hyperlipidemia.
        • Least likely antipsychotic to cause weight gain.
        • Compared to other antipsychotics, it has a lower risk of causing weight gain and changes to cholesterol, blood sugar, and heart rhythm.
        • Sometimes causes weight gain and low blood pressure.
        • Moderate risk of weight gain and problems with cholesterol or blood sugar compared to other antipsychotics.
        • May cause weight gain and worsen cholesterol or blood sugar.
        No specific weight-related info.
        • Sometimes causes weight gain, sleepiness, and low blood pressure.
        • May cause weight gain and worsen cholesterol or blood sugar.
        • More likely to cause weight gain and problems with cholesterol or blood sugar compared to other antipsychotics.
        • May cause weight gain and worsen cholesterol or blood sugar.
        Upsides and benefits
        GeodonAbilifyLatudaInvegaRisperdalSaphrisSeroquelZyprexa
        • 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 and manic episodes. All antipsychotic medicines are about equally effective.
        • More energizing than other antipsychotics.
        • Fewer side effects than any other antipsychotics.
        • Least likely antipsychotic to cause weight gain.
        • Studies show that it can also be helpful for depression, especially in women, if your symptoms don't go away with an antidepressant alone.
        • Available as a generic, which is cheaper.
        • Less likely to cause heart problems compared to some antipsychotics.
        • Has been shown in clinical studies to help people felt better and experience improvements with their thoughts and mood.
        • It’s a newer type of medication and works differently than traditional antidepressants.
        • Can be taken alone or with other medications that manage your mood.
        • Compared to other antipsychotics, it has a lower risk of causing weight gain and changes to cholesterol, blood sugar, and heart rhythm.
        • Effective at relieving psychotic symptoms and relapse rates for people with schizophrenia.
        • Also relieves psychotic symptoms and improves mood for people with schizoaffective disorder.
        • Works just as well as other antipsychotic medicines.
        • Less likely to cause heart or liver problems than some other antipsychotic medications.
        • Effective at relieving psychotic symptoms, manic episodes, irritability, and aggressive behavior.
        • Lowers relapse rates in people with schizophrenia and people with irritability associated with autism.
        • Antipsychotic medicines are all about equally effective.
        • Less likely to cause heart problems than some antipsychotics.
        Coming soon.
        • Effective at relieving psychotic symptoms and manic episodes.
        • Fewer side effects than most antipsychotic medicines.
        • Compared to other antipsychotics, the least likely to cause Extrapyramidal Symptoms (EPS): Movement disorders that include stiffness, tremor, restlessness, and slow, repetitive, or involuntary movements.
        • Antipsychotic medicines are all about equally effective.
        • Less likely to cause heart problems compared to some antipsychotics.
        • Effective at relieving psychotic symptoms, manic episodes, and agitation in people with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
        • Lowers relapse rates for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
        • Antipsychotic medicines are all about equally effective.
        • Less likely to cause heart problems than some antipsychotics.
        Downsides and risks
        GeodonAbilifyLatudaInvegaRisperdalSaphrisSeroquelZyprexa
        • 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.
        • Can cause higher risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior for people age 24 and younger.
        • Mild risk of Extrapyramidal Symptoms (EPS): Movement disorders that include stiffness, tremor, restlessness, and slow, repetitive, or involuntary movements.
        • You might need routine blood tests to check how the medicine is affecting your body.
        • All antipsychotics come with side effects that make them difficult to take. You might need to try a few different medicines until you find one that works for you and that you can tolerate.
        • Certain antifungal and heart medicines can increase the amount of Latuda (Lurasidone) in your body and put you at risk for more side effects. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about any drug interactions between medicines you’re taking.
        • Can cause you to be more sensitive to heat and make it harder for your body to cool off.
        • Need to avoid drinking alcohol while taking Latuda (Lurasidone).
        • Elderly people who have dementia shouldn't take Latuda (Lurasidone).
        • Invega (Paliperidone) has a high risk of causing hormone problems that cause nipples to leak fluid and male breasts to grow abnormally large.
        • Sometimes causes weight gain and low blood pressure.
        • Mild risk of causing extrapyramidal symptoms (EPS): movement disorders that include stiffness, tremor, restlessness, and slow, repetitive, or involuntary movements.
        • Not a good choice for elderly people who have dementia.
        • All antipsychotics have side effects that make them difficult to take. You might need to try a few different medicines until you find one that works best for you.
        • You might need routine blood tests to check how the medicine is affecting your body.
        • Mild to moderate risk of Extrapyramidal Symptoms (EPS): Movement disorders that include stiffness, tremor, restlessness, and slow, repetitive, or involuntary movements.
        • Moderate risk of weight gain and problems with cholesterol or blood sugar compared to other antipsychotics.
        • Compared to other antipsychotics, higher risk of hormone problems that cause nipples to leak and male breasts to grow abnormally large.
        • You might need routine blood tests to check how the medicine is affecting your body.
        • All antipsychotics come with side effects that make them difficult to take. You might need to try a few different medicines until you find one that works for you and that you can tolerate.
        Coming soon.
        • In studies, less effective for people over age 40 for schizophrenia.
        • Sometimes causes weight gain, sleepiness, and low blood pressure.
        • You might need routine blood tests to check how the medicine is affecting your body.
        • All antipsychotics come with side effects that make them difficult to take. You might need to try a few different medicines until you find one that works for you and that you can tolerate.
        • More likely to cause weight gain and problems with 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, or involuntary movements.
        • You might need routine blood tests to check how the medicine is affecting your body.
        • All antipsychotics come with side effects that make them difficult to take. You might need to try a few different medicines until you find one that works for you and that you can tolerate.
        Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
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        • 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.
        • Makes you energized. Take in the morning to avoid difficulty sleeping.
        • May worsen cholesterol or blood sugar.
        • Takes 4 to 6 weeks to see full effects on thoughts and mood.
        • For the first week, avoid activities that require you to be alert.
        • Report any unusual thoughts, inability to control muscle movements, or fever and excess sweating to your doctor.
        • Elderly people with dementia shouldn't take it.
        • Take it once a day at the same time each day. It works faster when you take it with a small snack (at least 350 calories).
        • Don’t eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice while taking Latuda (Lurasidone). It can negatively affect how Latuda (Lurasidone) works.
        • Can cause dizziness and nausea, so avoid activities that require you to be alert until you get used to it.
        • Usually takes 4 to 6 weeks to see the full effects on your thoughts and mood, so hang in there until you find the right dose that works for you.
        • It'll take 4 to 6 weeks to see the medication's full effects on thoughts and mood.
        • Can cause dizziness and drowsiness, or worsen you cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
        • For the first week, avoid activities like driving that require you to be alert.
        • Don't worry if you see tablet shells in your stool since the medication was already absorbed by your body.
        • Elderly people who have dementia shouldn't take Invega (Paliperidone).
        • Report any unusual thoughts, inability to control muscle movements, or fever and excess sweating to your doctor.
        • Takes 4 to 6 weeks to see full effects on thoughts and mood.
        • Can cause dizziness and drowsiness.
        • For the first week, avoid activities that require you to be alert.
        • May cause weight gain and worsen cholesterol or blood sugar.
        • Report any unusual thoughts, inability to control muscle movements, or fever and excess sweating to your doctor.
        • Elderly people with dementia shouldn't take it.
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        • Can cause dizziness, drowsiness, and low blood pressure.
        • Takes 4 to 6 weeks to see full effects on thoughts and mood.
        • For the first week, avoid activities that require you to be alert.
        • May cause weight gain and worsen cholesterol or blood sugar.
        • Report any unusual thoughts, inability to control muscle movements, or fever and excess sweating to your doctor.
        • Elderly people with dementia shouldn't take it.
        • Takes 4 to 6 weeks to see full effects on thoughts and mood.
        • Can cause dizziness and drowsiness.
        • For the first week, avoid activities that require you to be alert.
        • May cause weight gain and worsen cholesterol or blood sugar.
        • Report any unusual thoughts, inability to control muscle movements, or fever and excess sweating to your doctor.
        • Elderly people with dementia shouldn't take it.
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