Fortunately, there are many medications available to treat bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. These medications can include:
- Other atypical antipsychotics
- Older, typical antipsychotics
- Mood stabilizers (for bipolar disorder).
Geodon is an atypical antipsychotic. Atypical antipsychotics are usually effective at treating schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. It is thought that these newer antipsychotic medications may have fewer serious side effects than older antipsychotics (although studies have shown conflicting results). In addition to Geodon, these medications can include:
- Aripiprazole (Abilify®)
- Asenapine (Saphris®)
- Clozapine (Clozaril®, FazaClo®)
- Iloperidone (Fanapt™)
- Lurasidone (Latuda®)
- Olanzapine (Zyprexa®)
- Paliperidone (Invega®)
- Quetiapine (Seroquel®)
- Risperidone (Risperdal®).
There is also a bipolar disorder medication (Symbyax®) that combines Zyprexa with fluoxetine (Prozac®), an antidepressant.
These are older, "first-generation" antipsychotic medications. While it is thought that these medications may be more likely to cause serious side effects, studies have shown conflicting results. These medications can include:
- Chlorpromazine (Thorazine®)
- Fluphenazine (Prolixin®)
- Haloperidol (Haldol®)
- Loxapine (Adasuve™, Loxitane®)
- Molindone (Moban®)
- Perphenazine (Trilafon®)
- Pimozide (Orap®)
- Prochlorperazine (Compazine®, Compro®)
- Thiothixene (Navane®)
- Thioridazine (Mellaril®)
- Trifluoperazine (Stelazine®).
Mood stabilizers are effective at treating bipolar disorder (but not schizophrenia). Many (but not all) of these medications are anticonvulsants, meaning they are used to treat seizures. These medications can include: