Compare Geodon vs. Fanapt

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Geodon (ziprasidone)

Prescription only

Fanapt (Iloperidone)

Prescription only
Helps control your thoughts and mood.

Geodon (ziprasidone) treats bipolar disorder and schizophrenia with fewer side effects than similar medications, but has a risk of abnormal heart rhythm.

3.4/ 5 average rating with 23 reviewsforGeodon
Controls schizophrenia.

Fanapt (Iloperidone) is helpful for treating schizophrenia, but it can be expensive because it's only available as brand name.

Upsides
  • Geodon (ziprasidone) effectively stabilizes mood in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
  • Compared to other antipsychotics, this drug has a lower risk of weight gain, high blood sugars, and high cholesterol.
  • Geodon (ziprasidone) capsule is available as a generic.
  • Available as a daily pill for long-term treatment.
  • Part of the first choice medications to treat schizophrenia.
  • There are patient assistance programs that can lower the copay.
  • Comes in many different strengths to make it easier to customize your dose.
  • Less likely to cause sexual problems than other similar medicines.
Downsides
  • It may take several weeks before you feel the full effects of Geodon (ziprasidone).
  • Might not be a good option if you have a history of heart problems.
  • You will need to get blood tests before you start taking Geodon (ziprasidone) to make sure you're healthy enough to take it.
  • People who are also taking diuretics will need regular blood tests while on Geodon (ziprasidone).
  • Fanapt (Iloperidone) can be expensive because it is only available as brand name.
  • You will need to follow a strict schedule the first two weeks as body adjusts to Fanapt (Iloperidone). You might have to see your doctor several times until you find a dose that works best for you.
  • You're more likely to have changes in blood pressure with Fanapt (Iloperidone), which can make you feel faint or dizzy.
  • If you stop taking Fanapt (Iloperidone) for 3 days and want to restart it, you'll have to start taking it from the beginning dose.
  • You have to take Fanapt (Iloperidone) twice a day, which can be hard to remember.
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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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Side effects
23possible side effects
  • Sleepiness
    31%
  • Movement problems
    31%
  • Headache
    18%
  • Dizziness
    16%
  • Nausea
    10%
  • Restlessness
    10%
  • Weakness
    6%
  • Abnormal vision
    6%
  • Diarrhea
    5%
  • Dry mouth
    5%
  • Vomiting
    5%
  • Anxiety
    5%
  • Accidental injury
    4%
  • Increased salivation
    4%
  • High blood pressure
    3%
  • Tongue swelling
    3%
  • Sore throat
    3%
  • Difficulty swallowing
    2%
  • Muscle pain
    2%
  • Loss of sensation
    2%
  • Speech disorder
    2%
  • Shortness of breath
    2%
  • Itchy, red skin
    2%
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20possible side effects
  • Dizziness
    10%
  • Sleepiness
    9%
  • Dry mouth
    8%
  • Nausea
    7%
  • Diarrhea
    5%
  • Difficulty controlling movements
    5%
  • Agitation
    5%
  • Nasal congestion
    5%
  • Fatigue
    4%
  • Sore throat
    4%
  • Joint pain
    3%
  • Faster heart rate
    3%
  • Blurred vision
    3%
  • Tremor
    3%
  • Sluggishness
    3%
  • Rash
    3%
  • Sudden changes in blood pressure
    3%
  • Colds or flu
    2%
  • Ejaculation disorder
    2%
  • Difficulty breathing
    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
    • Taking other drugs that also cause heart rhythm changes
    • Low potassium
    • Low magnesium
  • Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS)
  • Abnormal and involuntary muscle movements
    • Taking Geodon (ziprasidone) in higher doses or for a long time
    • Elderly women
  • Dizziness and falls
    • Dehydration
    • Taking blood pressure medications
    • History of heart disease
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  • Increased risk of death
    • People over 65 with dementia and psychosis
  • Neuroleptic malignant syndrome
    • Taking antipsychotic medications
  • Higher blood sugar, cholesterol, and weight gain
    • People with diabetes
    • People with high cholesterol
  • Difficulty controlling movements
    • Long-term use of atypical antipsychotics
  • Blood disorders
  • Changes in blood pressure and heart beat
    • High blood pressure
    • History of heartbeat problems
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