It is now possible to buy Geodon (ziprasidone) in generic form. Four strengths of Geodon capsules are available as generics; however, the injectable form is still sold as a brand-name drug only. Although the generics are considered equivalent to the brand-name drug, they might contain different inactive ingredients that could cause problems for some people.
Geodon® (ziprasidone hydrochloride) is a prescription medication that has been licensed to treat several conditions. These Geodon uses can include the treatment of:
Brand-name Geodon is manufactured by Pfizer, Inc. However, the first patent for this medication has expired, and the drug is now available in generic form.
Generic Geodon capsules are available in the following strengths:
- Ziprasidone 20 mg
- Ziprasidone 40 mg
- Ziprasidone 60 mg
- Ziprasidone 80 mg.
The injectable form is not available in generic form yet.
Generic Geodon is made by various manufacturers, such as:
- Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Limited
- Greenstone, LLC
- Lupin Pharmaceuticals.
All generic medications must undergo certain tests to compare them to brand-name medications. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) then looks at these tests to decide if the generics are equivalent to the brand-name medications and assigns a rating to each one.
An "AB" rating means that the FDA has determined that a generic medication is equivalent to a brand-name medication. The generic versions of Geodon currently available have an "AB" rating, meaning they should be equivalent to Geodon.
However, generic medications are allowed to have different inactive ingredients than the brand-name medication. This might include fillers, dyes, or other ingredients that may cause problems for people with allergies or sensitivities.