Geodon® (ziprasidone hydrochloride) is an antipsychotic medication that is available by prescription to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder in adults.
Before you begin treatment with Geodon, dangers associated with the use of this drug should be reviewed with your healthcare provider. It is important to know that Geodon can cause a life-threatening irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia) called QT prolongation. It can also cause tardive dyskinesia, a potentially permanent condition involving unusual and uncontrollable body or face movements.
There are also a number of side effects that have been reported with Geodon. In clinical studies, some of the most common side effects that were seen with this medicine include indigestion or heartburn, nausea, drowsiness, and headaches. While most side effects of Geodon are minor and do not require medical attention, some are potentially serious and should be reported to your healthcare provider immediately, including high fever, suicidal thoughts, and feelings of internal restless or jitteriness.
(Click Geodon Side Effects and Geodon Warnings and Precautions to learn about other potential Geodon dangers and for a more complete list of side effects to look out for during treatment with this medicine.)