If symptoms of bipolar disorder or schizophrenia cannot be adequately controlled with Geodon -- or if a person experiences bothersome side effects of Geodon -- alternatives to the medication may be considered. Therapy can be an important part of a well-rounded treatment plan for people with either condition. Medication alternatives to Geodon can include other atypical antipsychotics, typical antipsychotics, and mood stabilizers.
An Overview of Geodon Alternatives
Geodon® (ziprasidone hydrochloride) is a prescription medicine that has been licensed to treat the following conditions:
Geodon is part of a group of atypical antipsychotics or second-generation antipsychotics. For most people, Geodon is effective at treating symptoms of these conditions (see Bipolar Disorder Symptoms or Symptoms of Schizophrenia). Most people also tolerate the medication well.
However, as with all medicines, it is possible that side effects may occur during treatment with Geodon. Also, in some situations, the medicine may not adequately control a person's symptoms. Fortunately, there are several alternatives to Geodon for bipolar disorder or schizophrenia treatment, including:
- Other medications.
Therapy as a Geodon Alternative
It is unlikely that therapy alone can replace the need for medication in people who have bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. However, therapy can be an important part of a well-rounded treatment plan.
Numerous studies have found that psychosocial treatments as part of an overall schizophrenia treatment plan can be very helpful. This therapy helps patients who are already stabilized on antipsychotic medication to deal with certain aspects of schizophrenia, such as difficulty with:
- Establishing and maintaining relationships with others.
As an addition to medication, psychosocial treatments -- including certain forms of psychotherapy (or "talk" therapy) -- are helpful in providing support, education, and guidance to people with bipolar disorder, as well as to their families. Studies have shown that psychosocial interventions can lead to increased mood stability, fewer hospitalizations, and improved functioning in several areas.
(Click Psychosocial Therapy for Schizophrenics or Bipolar Psychosocial Treatments for more information.)