Medications and Drugs
Brand Names: Geodon
Generic Name: ziprasidone (Pronunciation: zi PRAY si done)
What is ziprasidone (Geodon)?
Ziprasidone is an antipsychotic medication. It works by changing the effects of chemicals in the brain.
Ziprasidone may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Geodon 20 mg
capsule, blue/white, imprinted with PFIZER 396
Geodon 40 mg
capsule, blue, imprinted with PFIZER 397
Geodon 60 mg
capsule, white, imprinted with PFIZER 398
Geodon 80 mg
blue/white, capsule, imprinted with PFIZER 399
What are the possible side effects of ziprasidone (Geodon)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop taking ziprasidone and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
Less serious side effects may include:
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What is the most important information I should know about ziprasidone (Geodon)?
Ziprasidone is not for use in psychotic conditions related to dementia. Ziprasidone may cause heart failure, sudden death, or pneumonia in older adults with dementia-related conditions.
Do not use this medication if you have a personal or family history of "Long QT syndrome," if you have recently had a heart attack, or if you have uncontrolled heart failure.
Stop taking ziprasidone and call your doctor right away if you feel dizzy or light-headed, have a fast or pounding heartbeat, or if you faint. This could be signs of a serious heart rhythm problem.
There are many other medicines that can cause serious or life-threatening medical problems if you take them together with ziprasidone. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor. Keep a list of all your medicines and show it to any healthcare provider who treats you.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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