Compare Zyprexa vs. Geodon

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

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Zyprexa (olanzapine)

Prescription only

Geodon (ziprasidone)

Prescription only
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
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
Upsides
  • 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.
  • 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.
Downsides
  • 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..
  • 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).
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Reviews
68 reviews so far
41%
saidit'sworth it
51%
saiditworked well
51%
saidit'sa big hassle

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23 reviews so far
43%
saidit'sworth it
43%
saiditworked well
30%
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Side effects
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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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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Risks and risk factors
  • 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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  • 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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