We will cover information relating to side effects, withdrawal, and some other FAQ’s that may also be helpful for someone who is considering starting or stopping this medication. If more information is needed, it is freely available on request.
Geodon (ziprasidone) is FDA approved for treating schizophrenia, acute mania, and mixed episodes of mania and depression. (1)
Off-label uses have also arisen, such as:
For acute agitation or similar conditions where a person may need to be quickly medicated, a liquid form of Geodon is available for muscular injection.
Other forms of the drug come in pill form and pill bioavailability is 50% better when taken after eating.
Geodon does not have a presence as a street drug, however, it is possible for drugs to wind up being sold illegally through diversion. Geodon (Ziprasidone) is not a highly sought after drug of abuse.
Ziprasidone is the generic name for Geodon. The generic drug is also called ziprasidone systemic.
There are some troubling, though relatively rare, side effects and health risks that can occur while taking Geodon, some that caused the FDA to place a black box warning on the drug packaging. (1)
There are many other side effects commonly associated with Geodon; these can range from mild to severe, including (but not limited to) these:
These symptoms may change over time, and if they intensify a person should seek medical attention immediately to ensure health and safety.
Geodon side effects can become intolerable and this may lead to the decision to come off the drug.
Unless there is a medical reason to do so, as will be covered in more detail below, never abruptly stop taking a drug like Geodon, as doing so can protract the process significantly.
Safely and gradually tapering from Geodon is the recommended procedure in withdrawal. It may take weeks or even several months to gently taper off, and you may require special help to meet all of the challenges and changes. One withdrawal side effect to monitor closely is a return of symptoms that may occur after stopping an antipsychotic medication. Mania or depression, psychosis or an agitated state may reappear once the medication has been stopped.
Seek competent medical guidance should you decide to discontinue taking Geodon, and talk to your doctor about the steps you need to take for successful and gentle tapering. More information on this topic is included in the section of this article entitled “Discontinuing/Quitting Geodon” which you can find below.
Certain withdrawal symptoms typically associated with cessation are:
The severity of these symptoms can depend on such things as the duration of the prescription, the dosage, general health, metabolism rate, age, and many other factors.
There are ways to help stay healthy and encouraged during a taper, and assistance may be needed to prepare meals, provide comfort and encouragement, or other day to day tasks that would be difficult to do without some personal support.
Inpatient treatment can often make a significant difference in the ease and comfort of withdrawal.
Oftentimes, Geodon is given to a person who is in a crisis. Antipsychotics are commonly used to control extreme episodes. Unfortunately, little attention is given to whether or not the crisis is a temporary situation. More times than not, the person is left on a high dose, under the assumption that their diagnosis is permanently fixed. Although it is relatively easy to find doctors who will induct these kinds of medications, it is often a virtual ghost town when it comes to finding a professional who is versed in how to properly reduce or eliminate the medication when that time comes. You may find that you have to provide information to your doctor that he or she was not aware of when it comes to medication reduction. The subject is not taught in medical school.
Always seek competent medical guidance should you decide to discontinue a medication like Geodon, and talk to your doctor about the steps you need to take for successful and gentle tapering.
Also, be sure to ask your doctor if they are familiar with the steps you need to take for a successful cessation outcome.
The following are some of the most asked questions about certain Geodon effects, and other important topics of interest. If more information is needed on these or other topics, please contact us and we will help.
Rather than deal with the extreme changes all on your own, it may seem more appealing to do the withdrawal in a comfortable and private inpatient setting, where meals are prepared, and a stress-free environment is offered, with adequate nurturing support, monitoring and personal attention.
Our center provides a peaceful and relaxed setting, with the advantages of friendly support staff and caring therapists, nurses and doctors. Our staff shares a common passion of helping their clients succeed.
The task of improving health during the reduction of, and possibly completely coming off prescription drugs, is one that requires competence, technical proficiency and caring. For more information on our facility’s excellent, compassionate and effective inpatient treatment, please contact us.
Dr Motl is currently certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Psychiatry, and Board eligible in Neurology and licensed in the state of Arizona. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree with a major in biology and minors in chemistry and philosophy. He graduated Creighton University School of Medicine with a Doctor of Medicine. Dr. Motl has studied Medical Acupuncture at the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine and at U.C.L.A.