Geodon for Schizophrenia
Geodon® (ziprasidone hydrochloride) is a prescription antipsychotic medication approved for the treatment of various mental illnesses. Healthcare providers often prescribe Geodon for schizophrenia.
Schizophrenia is a group of mental disorders that involve abnormal thinking. Although the causes of schizophrenia are not fully understood, it is currently thought that genetics and environmental factors play an important role in developing the illness. Depending on the type of schizophrenia, symptoms may include the following:
- Thought disorders
- Disorders of movement
- Flat affect (immobile facial expression, monotonous voice)
- Lack of pleasure in everyday life
- A diminished ability to initiate and sustain planned activity
- Speaking infrequently, even when forced to interact
- Poor executive functioning (the ability to absorb and interpret information and make decisions based on that information)
- An inability to stay focused
- Problems with working memory (the ability to keep recently-learned information in mind and use it right away).
Although psychotherapy may be helpful for schizophrenia, medication is often essential to schizophrenia treatment. Healthcare providers may prescribe Geodon for schizophrenia to help improve symptoms. The drug may also be used to prevent schizophrenia relapses (worsening of schizophrenia).
(Click Geodon Uses for information about other uses for Geodon and to learn about possible off-label uses for this medication.)