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Geodon (Ziprasidone)

What is Geodon? Geodon, also known as ziprasidone, is used to control the extreme emotions, thoughts, or feelings that can accompany schizophrenia. Geodon is also used to treat patients in the manic phase of bipolar. Geodon is part of a class group of medications called atypical antipsychotics. 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 Geodon taken should not be altered without first speaking to a doctor.

 

Important Information Before Use:

  • Geodon will help control the behavior that accompanies schizophrenia or bipolar, but it will not cure these conditions.
  • 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 Geodon.
  • Before you start taking Geodon, you should 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 Geodon.

Important Information During Use:

  • If you are pregnant or become pregnant while taking Geodon, you should talk to your doctor about alternative treatments for your condition. Geodon can cause problems in newborns if taken during pregnancy or while breastfeeding.
  • Geodon can make you extremely drowsy; using alcohol with Geodon can worsen this side effect.
  • You should drink plenty of water when taking Geodon.
  • Grapefruit or grapefruit juice can reduce the effectiveness of this medication.
  • Geodon can make you very dizzy, particularly when you first stand up from a seated position or after lying down. Stand up slowly to avoid this effect.
  • Tell your doctor right away if you begin to experience signs of increased blood sugar or diabetes. Geodon can cause a serious condition called ketoacidosis; if you develop any of the signs of this condition, including loss of consciousness, extreme thirst, fruity-smelling breath, nausea, or vomiting, you should tell your doctor right away.
  • Geodon overdose symptoms include irregular heartbeat, drowsiness, unusual body movements, and slurred speech.
  • If you experience serious or severe side effects from Geodon, you should call your doctor immediately.

 

Geodon Side Effects

Serious:

  • Confusion
  • Signs of ketoacidosis, including loss of consciousness, extreme thirst, fruity-smelling breath, nausea, and vomiting
  • Fast or irregular heartbeat
  • Fever or sweating
  • Facial or body movements that cannot be controlled
  • Hives or a rash
  • Painful erection lasting for hours

Less Serious:

  • Drowsiness, dizziness, or tiredness
  • Restlessness or anxiety
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Sneezing or runny nose
  • Cough
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight gain
  • Muscle aches or pains

Withdrawing:
Talk to your doctor before you stop taking Geodon; you should not stop taking Geodon abruptly. You can reduce Geodon withdrawal symptoms by slowly tapering off of this medication.

Possible Symptoms of Geodon Withdrawal:

  • Insomnia
  • Return of psychotic symptoms
  • Return of bipolar symptoms

 

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Last Update: 02-21-2013

 

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