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 141 110
Schizoaffective Disorder 37 23
Bipolar II Disorder 32 22
Borderline Personality Disorder 14 5
Major Depressive Disorder 14 18
Bipolar I Disorder 12 12

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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 90
Moderate 56
Mild 39
None 47

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Ziprasidone

Side effect Patients
Sleepiness 25
Internal restlessness (akathisia) 16
Tremor in hands 10
Weight gain 8
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 7
Headaches 7

Show all 152 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Ziprasidone

Dosage Patients
40 mg daily 6
80 mg twice daily 5
20 mg twice daily 4
80 mg daily 4
160 mg daily 4
40 mg twice daily 3
60 mg twice daily 3
60 mg daily 2
120 mg daily 2
20 mg daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Ziprasidone

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 99
Did not seem to work 54
Doctor's advice 34
Other 12
Expense 7
Course of treatment ended 4
Personal research 4
See all 149 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 5
1 - 2 years 5
2 - 5 years 7
5 - 10 years 14
10 years or more 4

Stopped taking Ziprasidone

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 56
1 - 6 months 41
6 months - 1 year 18
1 - 2 years 16
2 - 5 years 13
5 - 10 years 6
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 193
Usually 26
Sometimes 7
Never taken as prescribed 6
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 31
Somewhat hard to take 33
A little hard to take 33
Not at all hard to take 135
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 21
$100-199 7
$50-99 14
$25-49 16
< $25 83
Not specified 91

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Ziprasidone after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 8
Lurasidone (Latuda) 6
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 4
Risperidone (Risperdal) 4
Olanzapine (Zyprexa) 3

Show all 16 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Ziprasidone and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Lurasidone (Latuda) 3
Olanzapine (Zyprexa) 3
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 3
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 1
asenapine (Saphris) 1

Show all 10 treatments patients report switching to

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18 patient evaluations for Ziprasidone

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Jerry123
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Jerry123
Gender: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 2
Mania: 1
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 2
Compulsion: 2
External Stress: Moderate
53 M
Function: Moderate
Distress: Moderate
I am: n
I have:
Bipolar I

See Jerry123's full Ziprasidone history

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 (Stoned 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

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sepiam
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sepiam
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Depression: 4
Mania: 0
Emotional: 2
Anxiety: 1
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: None
39 F
Function: Low
Distress: Moderate
I am: b
I have:
ADHD

See sepiam's full Ziprasidone history

Mar 12, 2012 (Started Feb 18, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Eating Disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Bipolar Disorder)
  • Side effects
    Severe (Difficulty falling asleep, Dizziness, Sleepiness, Loss of appetite, anxiety, Anxious mood)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Daily

Feb 21, 2012 (Started Feb 18, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Bipolar Disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Eating Disorder)
  • Side effects
    Severe (Difficulty falling asleep, Dizziness, Sleepiness, Loss of appetite)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
Train
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Data Quality: 1 star
33 years
Female
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ATEC
  • Speech: 2
  • Sociability: 17
  • Sensory/Cognitive Awareness: 16
  • Health/Physical Behavior: 42
  • ATEC score: 77
I have:
Asperger's

See Train's full Ziprasidone history

Dec 15, 2011 (Started Jun 06, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Hearing voices)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Asperger's Syndrome)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Suicidal)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Phantom sensations)
  • Side effects
    Severe (Drooling, Drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 160 mg Weekly
Cost: < $25 monthly

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