What is Ziprasidone?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Geodon Zeldox

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Ziprasidone is used to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia. It is also used to treat episodes of mania or mixed episodes in people with bipolar disorders. It is in a class of medical called atypical antipsychotics.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Bipolar disorder 175 134
Bipolar II disorder 49 39
Schizoaffective disorder 48 31
Major depressive disorder 19 20
Bipolar I disorder 15 14

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 104
Moderate 66
Mild 58
None 61

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Ziprasidone

Side effect Patients
Sleepiness 28
Restlessness (akathisia) 20
Weight gain 13
Tremor in hands 11
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 9
Drowsiness 8

Show all 138 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Ziprasidone

Dosage Patients
40 mg twice daily 7
160 mg daily 7
40 mg daily 6
80 mg twice daily 6
80 mg daily 5
120 mg daily 5
60 mg twice daily 5
20 mg twice daily 3
60 mg daily 2
120 mg twice daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Ziprasidone

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 115
Did not seem to work 63
Doctor's advice 44
Other 16
Expense 6
Course of treatment ended 5
Personal research 5
See all 179 patients who've stopped taking Ziprasidone

Duration

Currently taking Ziprasidone

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 11
2 - 5 years 12
5 - 10 years 18
10 years or more 11

Stopped taking Ziprasidone

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 71
1 - 6 months 42
6 months - 1 year 19
1 - 2 years 19
2 - 5 years 18
5 - 10 years 10
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 246
Usually 29
Sometimes 8
Never taken as prescribed 6
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 35
Somewhat hard to take 40
A little hard to take 37
Not at all hard to take 177
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 20
$100-199 7
$50-99 18
$25-49 27
< $25 101
Not specified 116

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Ziprasidone after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 10
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 9
Risperidone (Risperdal) 9
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 7
Olanzapine (Zyprexa) 7

Show all 25 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Ziprasidone and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Lurasidone (Latuda) 7
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 6
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 3
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 3
Risperidone (Risperdal) 3

Show all 17 treatments patients report switching to

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21 patient evaluations for Ziprasidone

Dec 15, 2017 (Started Sep 01, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for mood changes)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Three times daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 15, 2017 (Started Jan 09, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for schizoaffective disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for mood swings)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 120 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 20, 2017 (Started Jan 09, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for schizoaffective disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for mood swings)
  • Side effects
    Mild (sedation)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 80 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: I suggest starting at 40mg and moving up from there,60mg was way too high for me at first,i the fatigue was unbearable at that dose.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jan 26, 2017 (Started Jan 09, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for schizoaffective disorder)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (sedation)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 80 mg Twice daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Oct 6, 2016 (Started Jul 10, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for bipolar disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 120 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Aug 5, 2016 (Started Jul 10, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for bipolar disorder)
  • Side effects
    Severe (intoxicated feeling, grogginess)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 120 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Makes me feel stoned at 120mg, 60mg has little effect
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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