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 146 115
Schizoaffective Disorder 39 24
Bipolar II Disorder 38 27
Major Depressive Disorder 15 20
Borderline Personality Disorder 14 5
Bipolar I Disorder 13 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
Severe 93
Moderate 57
Mild 43
None 52

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Ziprasidone

Side effect Patients
Sleepiness 25
Internal restlessness (akathisia) 16
Tremor in hands 10
Weight gain 9
Anxious mood 7
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 7

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Ziprasidone

Dosage Patients
40 mg daily 10
40 mg twice daily 6
80 mg daily 6
80 mg twice daily 6
60 mg twice daily 5
160 mg daily 5
120 mg daily 4
20 mg twice daily 3
160 mg twice daily 3
120 mg twice daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Ziprasidone

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 102
Did not seem to work 56
Doctor's advice 35
Other 13
Expense 7
Course of treatment ended 4
Personal research 4
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Duration

Currently taking Ziprasidone

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 6
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 10
2 - 5 years 13
5 - 10 years 16
10 years or more 4

Stopped taking Ziprasidone

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 59
1 - 6 months 42
6 months - 1 year 17
1 - 2 years 17
2 - 5 years 14
5 - 10 years 6
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 206
Usually 26
Sometimes 7
Never taken as prescribed 6
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 32
Somewhat hard to take 36
A little hard to take 34
Not at all hard to take 143
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 21
$100-199 7
$50-99 14
$25-49 16
< $25 89
Not specified 98

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Ziprasidone after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 8
Lurasidone (Latuda) 6
Risperidone (Risperdal) 6
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 5
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 5

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Patients stopped taking Ziprasidone and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Lurasidone (Latuda) 4
Olanzapine (Zyprexa) 3
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 3
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 2
Risperidone (Risperdal) 2

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19 patient evaluations for Ziprasidone

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BipolarQueen
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BipolarQueen
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Depression: 4
Mania: 2
Emotional: 4
Anxiety: 3
Compulsion: 2
External Stress: Severe
30 F
Function: Low
Distress: High
I am: n
I have:
Schizoaffective Disorder

See BipolarQueen's full Ziprasidone history

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

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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: 3
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

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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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