Geodon

(ziprasidone)

3.4/ 5 average rating with 23 reviewsforGeodon
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Helps control your thoughts and mood.

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

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Quick facts about Geodon
  • Drug class: Mental health
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (ziprasidone)

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.
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People’s experience with Geodon

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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).
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How it works

Geodon (ziprasidone) is a second generation antipsychotic. It treats schizophrenia and bipolar disorder by changing the levels of dopamine and serotonin in your brain, which can affect thoughts and mood.

Quick facts about Geodon
  • Drug class: Mental health
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (ziprasidone)
People’s experience with Geodon

23reviews so far. What do you think?

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What to expect when you take Geodon (ziprasidone) for Schizophrenia

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  • Possible side effects
  • Sleepiness
  • Respiratory infection
  • Movement problems
  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • Upset stomach
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Side effect rates for Geodon (ziprasidone)

From 415 clinical trials of Geodon when taken for bipolar disorder
  • Sleepiness
    31%31%
    12%12%
  • Movement problems
    31%31%
    12%12%
  • Headache
    18%18%
    17%17%
  • Dizziness
    16%16%
    7%7%
  • Nausea
    10%10%
    7%7%
  • Restlessness
    10%10%
    5%5%
  • Weakness
    6%6%
    2%2%
  • Abnormal vision
    6%6%
    3%3%
  • Diarrhea
    5%5%
    4%4%
  • Dry mouth
    5%5%
    4%4%
  • Vomiting
    5%5%
    2%2%
  • Anxiety
    5%5%
    4%4%
  • Accidental injury
    4%4%
    1%1%
  • Increased salivation
    4%4%
  • High blood pressure
    3%3%
    2%2%
  • Tongue swelling
    3%3%
    1%1%
  • Sore throat
    3%3%
    1%1%
  • Difficulty swallowing
    2%2%
  • Muscle pain
    2%2%
  • Loss of sensation
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Speech disorder
    2%2%
  • Shortness of breath
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Itchy, red skin
    2%2%
    1%1%
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Where we got our data »

The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Geodon.

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People taking Geodon felt side effect more

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Risks and Warnings for Geodon (ziprasidone)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Elderly patients with dementia

    Older patients with dementia-related psychosis have a higher risk of death when treated with antipsychotic medications. Geodon (ziprasidone) is not approved to treat dementia-related psychosis. Talk to your doctor if you have questions.

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Common concerns from people taking Geodon (ziprasidone)

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Food
  • Take Geodon (ziprasidone) twice a day with food.
  • Worth it
    Reviewed Geodonon 8/22/2017Take with food! I am nauseated a lot so I found carrying a snack helps. However, I have dropped 35lbs in 2 months. I have literally done nothing different except switching to this medicine.
    31
    Woman
    A few months
    Bipolar I disorder (manic and mixed episodes)
  • Not sure
    Some hassle
    Reviewed Geodonon 10/26/2016worked perfectly for bipolar/psychosis however i was severely nauseous because i didn't take it with meals. be sure to eat enough with it and drink plenty of water (might make urine green). found it harder to get up in the morning/go to work because i was taking higher doses at night so i felt less groggy in the day. restlessness was bothersome. might go back on it because less weight gain than seroquel. probably the best injectable antipsychotic, worth cost.
    21
    Woman
    Bipolar I disorder (manic and mixed episodes)
Weight
  • Not worth it
    Some hassle
    Reviewed otheron 2/20/2018Yes, it hard to find a psychotropic medication that don't make you gain weight and have inside bodily problem, like kidney and liver problems.
    48
    A month or so
    Schizoaffective disorder