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 159 124
Bipolar II disorder 46 38
Schizoaffective disorder 44 29
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 62
Mild 54
None 62

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Ziprasidone

Side effect Patients
Sleepiness 25
Restlessness (akathisia) 20
Tremor in hands 10
Weight gain 10
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 9
Anxious mood 7

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Ziprasidone

Dosage Patients
40 mg daily 10
80 mg daily 10
160 mg daily 8
40 mg twice daily 7
20 mg daily 6
60 mg twice daily 5
120 mg daily 4
20 mg twice daily 3
60 mg daily 3
80 mg twice daily 3

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Why patients stopped taking Ziprasidone

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 107
Did not seem to work 61
Doctor's advice 37
Other 14
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 8
1 - 2 years 11
2 - 5 years 16
5 - 10 years 29
10 years or more 7

Stopped taking Ziprasidone

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 61
1 - 6 months 42
6 months - 1 year 19
1 - 2 years 19
2 - 5 years 18
5 - 10 years 8
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 233
Usually 28
Sometimes 8
Never taken as prescribed 6
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 34
Somewhat hard to take 41
A little hard to take 35
Not at all hard to take 165
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 21
$100-199 7
$50-99 15
$25-49 24
< $25 97
Not specified 111

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Ziprasidone after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 9
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 8
Risperidone (Risperdal) 7
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 5
Lurasidone (Latuda) 5

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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

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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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