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
Bipolar disorder 171 130
Bipolar II disorder 46 37
Schizoaffective disorder 45 31
Major depressive disorder 19 22
Bipolar I disorder 14 13
Borderline personality disorder 14 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
99
Moderate
64
Mild
57
None
62

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Ziprasidone

Side effect Patients
Sleepiness 26
Restlessness (akathisia) 20
Weight gain 11
Tremor in hands 10
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 9
Anxious mood 7

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Ziprasidone

Dosage Patients
80 mg daily 15
40 mg daily 8
160 mg daily 8
60 mg twice daily 7
40 mg twice daily 6
80 mg twice daily 5
20 mg twice daily 3
60 mg daily 3
20 mg daily 2
20 mg three times daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Ziprasidone

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 111
Did not seem to work 63
Doctor's advice 41
Other 15
Expense 7
Course of treatment ended 4
Personal research 4
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Duration

Currently taking Ziprasidone

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 5
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 10
2 - 5 years 22
5 - 10 years 21
10 years or more 11

Stopped taking Ziprasidone

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 65
1 - 6 months 43
6 months - 1 year 19
1 - 2 years 19
2 - 5 years 18
5 - 10 years 9
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 240
Usually 28
Sometimes 8
Never taken as prescribed 6
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 36
Somewhat hard to take 40
A little hard to take 37
Not at all hard to take 169
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 21
$100-199 7
$50-99 16
$25-49 25
< $25 99
Not specified 114

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Ziprasidone after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 10
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 10
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 8
Risperidone (Risperdal) 8
Olanzapine (Zyprexa) 6

Show all 23 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Ziprasidone and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Lurasidone (Latuda) 7
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 7
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 3
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 3
Olanzapine (Zyprexa) 3

Show all 15 treatments patients report switching to

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19 patient evaluations for Ziprasidone

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: 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

Jul 1, 2015 (Started Jun 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for schizoaffective disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for sleep problems)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Hallucinations/delusions)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (sleepiness, tardive dyskinesia)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 160 mg Daily
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: sleepiness

Jun 30, 2009 (Started Jun 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for hallucinations)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (sleepiness, tardive dyskinesia)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 320 mg Daily
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: sleepiness

  • 0 helpful marks
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