What is Ziprasidone?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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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
Schizoaffective disorder 275 33
Bipolar disorder 200 137
Bipolar II disorder 61 38
Major depressive disorder 23 21
Bipolar I disorder 16 13

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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 Percentage
Severe 107
Moderate 67
Mild 59
None 66

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Ziprasidone

Side effect Patients Percentage
Sleepiness 27
Restlessness (akathisia) 21
Weight gain 15
Tremor in hands 11
Anxious mood 8
Drowsiness 8

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Ziprasidone

Dosage Patients Percentage
20 mg daily 3
160 mg daily 3
20 mg three times daily 2
80 mg daily 2
40 mg twice daily 1
60 mg twice daily 1
80 mg twice daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Ziprasidone

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Reason Patients Percentage
Side effects too severe 123
Did not seem to work 68
Doctor's advice 51
Other 20
Expense 6
Course of treatment ended 5
Personal research 5
See all 195 patients who've stopped taking Ziprasidone

Duration

Currently taking Ziprasidone

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 1
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 6
5 - 10 years 2
10 years or more 3

Stopped taking Ziprasidone

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 72
1 - 6 months 44
6 months - 1 year 20
1 - 2 years 20
2 - 5 years 21
5 - 10 years 12
10 years or more 6
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 252
Usually 33
Sometimes 6
Never taken as prescribed 8
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 35
Somewhat hard to take 40
A little hard to take 40
Not at all hard to take 184
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 21
$100-199 7
$50-99 18
$25-49 26
< $25 102
Not specified 125

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Ziprasidone after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 15
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 9
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 9
Risperidone (Risperdal) 9
Olanzapine (Zyprexa) 8

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Patients stopped taking Ziprasidone and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 13
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 11
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 10
Lurasidone (Latuda) 10
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 4

Show all 27 treatments patients report switching to

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21 patient evaluations for Ziprasidone

Jan 11, 2021 (Started Sep 01, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for mood changes)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Three times daily

Dec 15, 2017 (Started Sep 01, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for anxious mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for mood changes)
  • 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 mood swings)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for schizoaffective disorder)
  • 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 mood swings)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for schizoaffective disorder)
  • 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: 60 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Aug 5, 2016 (Started Jul 10, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for bipolar disorder)
  • Side effects
    Severe (grogginess, intoxicated feeling)
  • 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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