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Geodon Medication - Uses & Side Effects

Generic Name: Ziprasidone hydrochloride

ZIPRASIDONE (Geodon®) used to treats the symptoms of schizophrenia. Symptoms that you want to treat include hearing or seeing things that others do not, suspiciousness of others, mistaken beliefs, or withdrawal from normal activities, family and friends. This drug may also used to treat some other emotional problems, these problems such as bipolar disorder (also known as manic depression).

Geodon is works by changing the effects of chemicals in the brain. Geodon is used to helps schizophrenia’s "positive" symptoms, such as auditory hallucinations, delusions, and thought disturbances. Geodon may also used to treat the "negative" symptoms of schizophrenia, such as social withdrawal, apathy, lack of motivation, and an inability to experience pleasure.

Geodon Dosage

  • Mostly the starting dose should be 20 milligrams twice a day. You can increased the dosage as you needed or you can increased dosage at several-week intervals up to a maximum of 80 milligrams twice a day.
  • Initially , the usual dose should be 40 milligrams twice a day. According to your body response, your doctor can increase the dose as you needed within the range of 40 to 80 milligrams twice a day. The doctor will then increase the dose on the second day to 60 or 80 milligrams twice a day.

Uses of Geodon

  • Mostly the geodon medicine is used to treat the symptoms of psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia that symptoms may include hearing voices; seeing things or sensing things that are not there; mistaken beliefs; unusual suspiciousness; or becoming withdrawn from family and friends.
  • Geodon medicine is also used to treat bipolar mania.

Side Effects of Geodon

If you are taking Geodon, then the following side effects may occur. If you feel nervous or change in the way your heart is beating when you are using geodon, then contact to your doctor immediately. Common side effects include:

  • Tiredness or sleepiness
  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • Dizziness
  • Restlessness
  • Diarrhea
  • Rash
  • Cough/runny nose
  • Abnormal muscle movements such as tremor, shuffling, uncontrolled involuntary movements
  • Feeling very tired or sleepy
  • Upset stomach
  • Constipation

Warnings and precautions before taking Geodon:

  • When you start taking geodon medicine or when the dose increased then you feel dizziness, and sometimes fainting, caused by a drop in blood pressure may happen with Geodon.
  • After taking Geodon you will feel sleepy, So be careful when operating machinery or driving a motor vehicle.
  • When you are taking Geodon medicine it may cause a condition called Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome (NMS). Symptoms of Neuroleptic may include high fever, muscle rigidity, irregular pulse or blood pressure, rapid heartbeat, excessive perspiration, and changes in heart rhythm. If any symptoms appear, contact to your doctor immediately.

Drug Interaction :-

When you are taking Geodon medicine then do not combine Geodon with other drugs Because it can increased, decreased or altered the effects of Geodon or it may cause to the other effects. Consult with your doctor before combining Geodon with the following:

  • Carbamazepine (Tegretol)
  • Certain blood pressure medications
  • Drugs that boost the effects of dopamine such as Mirapex,
  • Parlodel, Permax, and Requip
  • Drugs that affect the brain and nervous system, such as sedatives,
  • tranquilizers, and antidepressants
  • Ketoconazole (Nizoral)
  • Levodopa (Larodopa, Sinet)

If you feel the overdose is suspected, then contact with your doctor immediately. Symptoms of a Geodon overdose may include:

  • dizziness
  • drowsiness
  • slurred speech
  • increased heart rate
  • fainting
  • fever
  • sweating
  • muscle spasms
  • uncontrollable movements of the arms
  • hands
  • tongue
  • face or other body parts.

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