Geodon for Bipolar Disorder
Geodon® (ziprasidone hydrochloride) is an antipsychotic medication licensed for treating certain mental illnesses. Healthcare providers may prescribe Geodon for bipolar disorder or schizophrenia in adults.
Bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression, is a serious brain disease that causes extreme shifts in mood, energy, and functioning. Currently, it is thought that bipolar disorder may be at least partially genetic.
Bipolar disorder is different from the normal ups and downs that everyone goes through -- the symptoms of bipolar disorder are more severe. Episodes of mania and depression typically recur throughout the affected person's lifespan. Between episodes, most people with bipolar disorder are free of symptoms. Effective bipolar disorder treatment usually involves a combination of psychotherapy and bipolar medications.
Geodon is approved to treat acute episodes of mania or mixed episodes (which involve symptoms of both mania and depression). It is also approved for bipolar disorder maintenance treatment (for long-term treatment to keep moods stabilized) when used along with lithium or valproate. Valproate medications include:
- Delayed release valproic acid (Stavzor®)
- Divalproex (Depakote®)
- Divalproex ER (Depakote ER®)
- Valproic acid (Depakene®).
(Click Geodon Uses to learn more about the effects of Geodon for bipolar disorder, for a list of possible off-label uses for this medication, and for information about using this drug in children.)