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Ziprasidone

INFORMATION

Uses

Ziprasidone is used in the treatment of schizophrenia (mental disorder in which patient interpret reality abnormally) and mania (abnormally elevated mood).

How it works

Ziprasidone works by modulating the action of certain chemical messengers in the brain that affects thoughts and mood.

Common side effects

Vomiting, Nausea, Anxiety, Constipation, Running nose, Cough, Diarrhoea, Dizziness, Dry mouth, Headache, Injection site pain, Loss of appetite, Rash, Restlessness, Fatigue, Sleepiness, Stomach upset, Weakness, Weight gain

AVAILABLE MEDICINE

Expert advice

  • Before taking Ziprasidone tell your doctor, if you have/had heart disease such as heart failure, heart attack, long QT syndrome (irregular heartbeat) or taking medicines that can cause irregular heartbeat.
  • You may experience hyperglycemia (increases in your blood sugar resulting in extreme thirst, frequent urination, extreme hunger, blurred vision, or weakness) while you are taking this medication, even if you do not already have diabetes.
  • Ziprasidone may cause drowsiness/dizziness. Do not drive or operate machinery or do any activity that requires alertness until you are sure you can perform such activities safely.
  • Do not consume alcohol while taking Ziprasidone treatment, as it may worsen the side effects.
  • NMS (Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome) is a possibly fatal syndrome that can be caused by Ziprasidone. Symptoms may include fever, stiff muscles, confusion, abnormal thinking, fast or irregular heartbeat and sweating. Contact your doctor at once if you have any of these symptoms.
  • If you are an elderly taking Ziprasidone, you may develop muscle movements in your arms, legs or your tongue, face, mouth, or jaw (e.g., tongue sticking out), that you cannot control. Tell your doctor at once if you have such problems. Ziprasidone may lower the ability of your body to fight infection. Avoid contact with people who have colds or infections.
  • You may undergo lab tests, including electrolyte levels, complete blood cell counts (CBC), or fasting blood sugar levels, to monitor your condition, while you use Ziprasidone.
  • Tell your doctor if you are or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.

Frequently asked questions

Ziprasidone

Q.Is Ziprasidone a narcotic/ Benzo/Ssri/ controlled substance/ opiate?
Ziprasidone is not a narcotic or Benzodiazepam or Ssri or controlled substance or opiate

Q.Is Ziprasidone addictive?
Ziprasidone is non addictive

Q.Can I take Ziprasidone with Xanax/ Tylenol / ibuprofen/ Benadryl/ Nyquil/ melatonin/ trazodone?
Ziprasidone may interact with these medications. Kindly follow doctors instructions

Q.Does Ziprasidone cause weight gain/ constipation/get you high/ help you sleep/make you tired/?
Ziprasidone may cause these side effects. Call your doctor if you experience any unusual problems during your treatment with Ziprasidone.


Content on this page was last updated on 29 November, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)