Geodon, also known as ziprasidone, is an atypical antipsychotics medication used to control the extreme emotions, thoughts, or feelings that can accompany schizophrenia. This medication can help control the behavior that accompanies schizophrenia or bipolar, but it will not cure these conditions. This drug is also used to treat people who are in the manic phase of bipolar.
Geodon comes in a capsule and is usually taken twice per day with food. It is important to continue taking the medication as prescribed. The amount of medication taken should not be altered without first speaking to a doctor.
Geodon is not recommended for use by older adults with dementia. If you have or have ever had heart disease, heart failure, irregular heartbeat, stroke, or seizures, you should talk to your doctor before you take this drug. You should also let your doctor know if you or anyone in your family has or has had diabetes. If you have ever been addicted to street drugs or a prescription medication, let your doctor know before you begin taking Geodon. You should also mention to your doctor any serious reactions you have had to other similar medications.
Geodon may interact with many other medications or supplements, including antihistamines, antidepressants, antibiotics, antifungals, sleeping pills, HIV medications, high blood pressure medications, and more. If you are taking other prescription drugs or supplements, you should check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking this drug.
If you experience serious or severe side effects from Geodon, you should call your doctor immediately. Serious side effects may include:
Less serious side effects can include:
Talk to your doctor before you stop taking Geodon; you should not stop taking this medication abruptly. You can reduce withdrawal symptoms by slowly tapering off of this medication. Possible symptoms of withdrawal may include insomnia, return of psychotic symptoms, or return of bipolar symptoms.
Page content reviewed by James Pendleton, ND
Last Update: 12-22-2014
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