What is Geodon?
Geodon 80 mg is a drug from the group of neuroleptics, its active ingredient is Ziprasidone.
1 capsule of Geodon 80 mg contains 80 mg of Ziprasidone.
The active substance has antipsychotic, antiemetic, and sedative effects. The medicinal group of neuroleptics, to which Ziprasidone belongs, attenuates psychomotor states of agitation and reduces tension, delirium, hallucinations, thinking disorders, and ego disorders.
Geodon affects dopamine and serotonin levels in the brain, and thus affects behavior and thinking.
Geodon pill is prescribed for the treatment of such conditions:
- Manic-depressive disorders;
- Bipolar disorder.
Geodon for depression
Geodon has demonstrated its effectiveness in treating various depressive disorders, such as anxiety depression or acute depression.
Geodon vs Haldol
Both Haldol and Geodon are used to treat schizophrenia and manic-depressive episodes. However, they contain different active ingredients from the neuroleptic group.
Haldol contains the active ingredient called haloperidol. It belongs to the group of drugs called neuroleptics.
Geodon contains the active substance called Ziprasidone, which also belongs to the group of drugs called neuroleptics.
Since these are different substances, patients may have different reactions to them.
Haldol is mostly absorbed from the intestine when taken orally. The maximum concentration in the blood is reached after 3-6 hours, which means that the pronounced effect occurs after 180-360 minutes. The elimination half-life of Haldol is on average 12-37 hours.
Geodon when taken orally reaches maximum concentration in the blood within 6-8 hours, and the elimination half-life is 6.6-7 hours when taken orally. When taken 2 times/day, the equilibrium state is reached within 3 days.
So, Haldol and Geodon are neuroleptic drugs with different active substances, but Geodon is excreted by the body faster, and its saturation in the blood comes a little later. Ziprasidone, the active ingredient in Geodon, is considered a drug with a low risk of interactions.
Both Haldol and Geodon have been shown to be effective in treating schizophrenia and depressive disorders, but effectiveness may differ for each patient. A physician's consultation is necessary before and during therapy.
Dosage of Geodon
Treatment of schizophrenia
Since the dosage of the drug depends on various factors, it must be chosen by a doctor individually for each patient.
The recommended dosage is detailed below.
For adult patients: 1 capsule, 2 times a day. Take the drug with meals, with a small amount of water.
Treatment of manic-depressive phase and depression
For adult patients: 1 capsule, 2 times daily. Take the drug with meals. Maximal dose: Do not exceed 2 capsules a day.
How long does it take for Geodon to work?
Generally, in the treatment of schizophrenia, therapy with neuroleptics is necessary for a lifetime. For the treatment of other disorders, the duration of the course and the dosage are adjusted by the doctor.
Hallucinations, disorganized thinking, and delirium can disappear during the first 1-2 weeks after taking the Geodon pill. Sometimes these symptoms do not go away completely. Symptoms continue to improve the longer ziprasidone is taken.
It may take 2-3 months before there is an obvious comprehensive improvement.
Geodon reaches maximum blood concentrations within 6 to 8 hours when taken orally, while the elimination half-life is about 6.6 to 7 hours.
How long does Geodon stay in your system?
It may take 1 to 3 days for Geodon to be completely eliminated from your system.
If too much of the drug is taken, you may experience various symptoms of overdose, including signs of movement disorders, tremors, and anxiety. If an overdose is suspected, it is worth seeing a doctor immediately.
The dosage prescribed by your doctor may differ from the information in the instructions because the doctor will adjust the dosage individually, you should use the medicine according to the doctor's instructions.
Geodon side effects
While taking the drug, unwanted side effects may occur, such as anxiety, movement disorders, dizziness, sedative effect, drowsiness, headache, blurred vision, nausea, vomiting, constipation, dry mouth, increased salivation, fatigue, increased appetite, fear, tightness in the throat, nightmares, seizures, coordination disorders, speech disorders.
Geodon: weight gain
Weight gain has been observed with atypical neuroleptics such as Ziprasidone. When treating Atypical Neuroleptics, weight gain should be monitored at baseline and regularly during treatment with Geodon.
What are Geodon interactions?
Geodon pill is not recommended if the patient is taking medications for heart rhythm problems, such as Antiarrhythmic drugs, Arsenic Trioxide, Halofantrine, Mesoridazine, Thioridazine, Pimozide, Sparfloxacin.
Worth telling your doctor if you have recently taken or are currently taking medications such as Macrolide antibiotics, Lithium, Carbamazepine or Valproate, Fluoxetine, Paroxetine, Sertraline, Phenytoin, Phenobarbital, Carbamazepine. These medications may interact with Ziprasidone and change their or its effects.
Alcohol and Geodon
Alcohol can increase the side effects of Geodon and cause dizziness, drowsiness, and difficulty concentrating. Some patients may also experience impaired thinking and judgment. Alcohol should be avoided or limited during treatment with Geodon.
Geodon may interact with alcohol and also cause weight gain. There are no studies according to which the drug interacts seriously with other food products, but you should consult a doctor in case of serious changes or side effects.
Geodon pill: contraindications
The drug should not be taken by patients with:
- Sensitivity to the ingredients of the drug
- ECG disorders (prolongation of the QT interval)
- Heart failure
- Children under 10 years of age should not use the drug
According to current data, the drug Geodon should not be used during pregnancy and during lactation. The drug may adversely affect the fetus or child.
Geodon 80 mg is available in our online pharmacy for the treatment of schizophrenia, depression, and bipolar disorder. The price of Geodon in our pharmacy is fixed and corresponds to the specified. If you need or have questions, you can consult with our specialists about the price and drug interactions.