Geodon (Ziprasidone, Zeldox)
Generic name: Geodon
Brand names: Geodon, Ziprasidone, Zeldox
What is Geodon?
Geodon is a popular drug that has been labeled as an atypical anti-psychotics. It is given to help relieve schizophrenia and the manic episodes of bipolar disorder.
Consult your health care provider or pharmacist for more information about the beneficial efficacy of this product.
What important information should I know about Geodon?
Geodon increases sensitivity to sunlight, it may cause severe burning. Wear protective clothing and use a sunscreen when exposure to the sun is unavoidable.
This medicine can change the response of your body to cold or heat. Try not to get overheated. Avoid temperature extremes, such as saunas
- or hot tubs
- or showers
- or very hot or cold baths. Dress warmly in cold weather.this drug may cause dizziness or coordination problems. Be very careful about operating machinery
- or driving
- or climbing
- or doing hazardous tasks until you know how you react to this drug.Avoid drinking alcohol. It can cause dangerous side effects when taken together with Geodon.
Continue to take this medication until the end of the cure corse, even if you start to feel better. Stopping the medication too early may worsen some conditions.
Always ask a doctor before giving Geodon to a child.
What should I tell my doctor before I take this drug?
Before using Geodon inform your physician about:
- heart disorders, heart attack, stroke, or seizures
- liver or kidney disease
- an unusual or allergic reaction to ziprasidone, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- history of breast cancer
- Parkinson’s disease
- tardive dyskinesia (uncontrollable movement disorder)
- thoughts of suicide
- low potassium level in the blood
- seizures or epilepsy
- stomach or intestinal problems
- pregnancy, breastfeeding or planning to become pregnant
How to take Geodon?
Geodon is presented in the capsule form| form of capsules to take orally.
The usual starting dose is 20-40 milligrams. It should be taken twice a day, at regular intervals.
This medicament is taken with a glass of water. It is better to drink several glasses of water each day while you are taking Geodon to protect your kidneys. You may take it with food or on an empty stomach. In order to mitigate stomach irritation and help your body absorb the drug is possible to combine with meals.
The capsules should be swallowed whole. Do not chew
- or open
- or break
- or crush them.
The dose of Geodon is based on individuals and the diseases being treated. It is obviously to apply to your doctor before to take Geodon. Follow your physician instructions thoroughly.
What should you do if you miss a dose of Geodon?
If you forget to take a dosage of Geodon, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and continue with your normal schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
What should you do if you overdose of Geodon?
Any medicament taken large doses can have serious consequences. If you feel an overdose, advise your medic immediately.
What drug(s) may interact with Geodon?
- medicines for anxiety, depression or difficulty sleeping
- medicines for diabetes
- medicines for fungal infections ( ketoconazole, fluconazole, itraconazole, voriconazole))
- medicines for Parkinson’s disease
- other medicines for treating thought disorders such as schizophrenia
- prescription medicines for muscle relaxation or pain
- some medications for high blood pressure
- some medicines for HIV infection
- some medicines for infertility
- some medicines for the hormonal treatment of cancer
- stimulants (amphetamine, dextroamphetamine)
- water pills (diuretics)
This is not a complete list of interactions. Ask your physician before taking this medicine for a specific disease.
Consult physician about the use of your medicine with food, alcohol, or tobacco.
What side-effects may occur?
- Allergic reaction ( difficulty breathing; skin rash or swelling; hives; itching; swelling of your lips
- or face
- or tongue
- or throat )
- Fast/pounding/irregular heartbeat (palpitations)
- Problems with breathing, chest pain
- Mental, mood changes (loss of contact with reality, restlessness, confusion, hallucinations, blurred vision)
- Difficulty swallowing
- Fever with increased sweating
- Numbness, tingling in your hands or feet (tremor), muscle stiffness, or spasms
- Indigestion, or upset stomach, bloating, stomach gas, pain or cramps
- Nausea, vomiting
- Headache, dizziness, ringing in your ears or hearing loss
- Difficulty urinating (urinary retention), diarrhea
- Menstrual changes, prolonged erection
- Liver problems, yellowing eyes, skin
If these persist or worsen, report to your health care professional promptly. This is not a whole list of side effects and others may occur. If you have other effects not mentioned above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
How should Geodon be stored?
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F), tightly closed, away from sunlight, direct heat, and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom or near a sink. Keep Geodon out of the reach of children and away from pets.