The generic name used for this medication is Ziprasidone. It is a popular antipsychotic drug that has the ability to cross the BBB (Blood Brain Barrier) which results in significant alterations of neurotransmitters in the brain. This is the main reason why it is not an over-the-counter drug. Geodon is prescribed by psychiatrists for treating psychotic disorders like bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. Children, who are at least above the age of 10 years, can be prescribed Geodon. There are several other uses that are off-label in nature. Other brand names used for Geodon are Zipwell and Zeldox. This drug was first approved in the United States of America in the year 2001 (5th of February).
Geodon is used mainly for bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, but there are other medical uses as well. They are mentioned below:
No antipsychotic medication can go without bringing about some adverse effects to the body. They can sometimes also be dangerous to the well-being of the patient. Therefore, the doctor and the patient should keep a keen watch after prescribing Geodon. Some of the side effects are as follows:
Under certain medical conditions, it is advised that this medication should not be prescribed to the patient. The doctor must take care about it or else it could be hazardous. They are:
The FDA has assigned this medication to the category B3 and C. Therefore, the risks aren’t ruled out. Ideally it shouldn’t be prescribed, unless the risks are menial compared to the benefits.
Geodon is administered either through intramuscular injection or as capsules.
Trade brand and generic names of Ziprasidone: Azona, Geodon, Geodon I.M., Zeldox, Zeldox IM, Zepradon, Zipris, Zipsydon.