Without a Prescription
Geodon is a type of antipsychotic medicine that can be applied to correct the imbalance of certain chemicals in a patient's brain. Geodon can also cure certain mental disorders. The medicine must not be administrated to patients who are older than 65 years old or less than 18 years old.
In most cases, Geodon is applied to treat diseases such as schizophrenia and bipolar mania. Please be aware that Geodon can have severe side-effects and should not be prescribed for any other reason than that prescribed by your medical professional.
It is very important not to prescribe Geodon if a patient is suffering from certain allergies to any ingredients or to Ziprasidone itself. If such an individual takes this antipsychotic medication, he/she may experience hives, itching, skin rashes, shortness of breath or wheezing, swelling of the face, lips and tongue, which may cause difficulty in swallowing or breathing. It is also very important not to take Geodon if you are suffering from the following conditions: a recent or history of heart attacks, uncontrolled heart failure, abnormal heart beat or any other type of disease that requires certain medicines to control it.
Before taking Geodon, a patient should let their doctor know if he/she suffers from any allergies to medicines or certain substances such as foods, preservatives or dyes. Usually, Geodon is prescribed in pill form. The medicine is usually taken after main meals, twice a day. Geodon cannot be effective if the patient suffers from the following disorders: irregular heartbeat, heart- or blood vessel disorders, low blood amounts of potassium or magnesium, low blood pressure or a history of seizures. Please ensure that your diet and health are otherwise fine before starting Geodon treatment.
The dose of Geodon is usually different from one individual to another, depending on the patient's exact condition. If the patient is suffering from schizophrenia the starting dose is 40 mg, taken twice a day. The doctor can adjust the dose, depending on the severity of the disease's manifestations and can even raise it up to 80 mg in severe cases although this is not recommended. The dose must not be changed until 2 days after starting the treatment.
Patients must be careful while taking Geodon, because an overdose can cause certain reactions such as drowsiness, tremors and uncontrollable movements of the tongue, jaw arms or legs. If the patient takes an abnormally high dose of Geodon, he or she must seek medical support as soon as possible in order to receive the proper emergency care. Overdosing on Geodon can be fatal.
Although cases in which patients accidentally skip a dose of Geodon are very common, it is very important not to use two doses at one time, because this can worsen the condition, increasing the patient's risks of experiencing more severe and more complicated side effects. If such a disruption affects the patient's therapy with Geodon, the best advice is to take the missed dose as soon as possible, before it is time for the next prescribed dose of Geodon.
Geodon can cause certain side effects which can be severe and long lasting. There are also cases in which it can be aggravated to the point of requiring medical support. It is very important to contact the health care provider as soon the patient starts to experience any disturbing changes. The most common side effects that a patient can experience include the following:
- Difficulty standing up;
- Loss of strength;
- Trouble sleeping;
In some cases, patients may also present with:
- A persistent painful erection;
- Blurred vision;
- Difficulty swallowing;
- Dry mouth;
- Facial droop;
- Muscle stiffness;
- Rapid heart beat;
- Urinary incontinence;
There are also other side effects that can develop if Geodon is not administered properly:
- Fast breathing;
- Skin rash;
- Uncontrollable spasms of the eyes, head, neck and body;
These are not all the possible clinical manifestations that may arise in such conditions. For further information, seek the professional assistance of your doctor.
It is very important for the doctor to know if a patient is taking other prescription drugs during his or her therapy with Geodon, because Geodon can interfere in their effectiveness. You must avoid medicines prescribed to treat:
- Depression and mood swings;
- Fast or irregular heart beat;
- Narcotic pain killers;
- Parkinson's disease;
This includes, but is not limited to Carbamazepine and Ketoconazole.
These medicines can also affect the quality of Geodon; however, if these medical products are vital for the patient's well being, the doctor can make several adjustments of the patient's dosing schedules or recommend herbal remedies which have no side effects. In case you have any questions, please contact your pharmacist or the health care provider; they will be more than happy to provide you with precise information.
Other Brand Names
In some countries Geodon may also be known as:
- Ziprasidone hydrochloride;