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 159 125
bipolar II disorder 45 37
schizoaffective disorder 41 26
major depressive disorder 17 22
bipolar I disorder 14 13
borderline personality disorder 13 5

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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 97
Moderate 61
Mild 52
None 60

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Ziprasidone

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

Show all 162 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Ziprasidone

Dosage Patients
80 mg daily 9
40 mg daily 8
60 mg twice daily 7
40 mg twice daily 6
20 mg daily 5
20 mg twice daily 5
120 mg daily 5
160 mg daily 5
80 mg twice daily 5
60 mg daily 4

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Why patients stopped taking Ziprasidone

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 108
Did not seem to work 59
Doctor's advice 36
Other 13
Expense 7
Course of treatment ended 4
Personal research 4
See all 164 patients who've stopped taking Ziprasidone

Duration

Currently taking Ziprasidone

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 9
6 months - 1 year 8
1 - 2 years 11
2 - 5 years 19
5 - 10 years 23
10 years or more 5

Stopped taking Ziprasidone

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 62
1 - 6 months 42
6 months - 1 year 18
1 - 2 years 19
2 - 5 years 16
5 - 10 years 7
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 229
Usually 27
Sometimes 8
Never taken as prescribed 6
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 34
Somewhat hard to take 39
A little hard to take 34
Not at all hard to take 163
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 21
$100-199 7
$50-99 14
$25-49 24
< $25 95
Not specified 109

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Ziprasidone after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 8
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 7
Risperidone (Risperdal) 7
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 5
Lurasidone (Latuda) 5

Show all 22 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Ziprasidone and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 7
Lurasidone (Latuda) 5
Olanzapine (Zyprexa) 3
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 2
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 2

Show all 15 treatments patients report switching to

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19 patient evaluations for Ziprasidone

BipolarQueen
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BipolarQueen
Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 2
Mania: 0
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 1
Compulsion: 1
External Stress: Moderate
31 F
Function: Moderate
Distress: Low
I am: g
I have:
schizoaffective disorder

See BipolarQueen's full Ziprasidone history

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
Jerry123
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Jerry123
Gender: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Depression: 2
Mania: 2
Emotional: 2
Anxiety: 3
Compulsion: 3
External Stress: Moderate
53 M
Function: Low
Distress: Moderate
I am: b
I have:
bipolar I disorder

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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

  • 0 helpful marks
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

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