Geodon® (ziprasidone hydrochloride) is a prescription drug used for treating schizophrenia and bipolar disorder in adults. It comes in capsule form and is typically taken twice a day. Geodon oral capsules are available in four different strengths, ranging from 20 mg to 80 mg. An injectable form of the medication is also available to treat agitation associated with schizophrenia.
Although it is not entirely clear how Geodon works, it is known that it blocks or lessens the effects of several chemicals in the brain. These brain chemicals (such as dopamine and serotonin) may be elevated in people with mental illnesses. Clinical studies have shown Geodon to be effective at improving symptoms of schizophrenia, preventing schizophrenia relapses, and treating episodes of mania or mixed episodes.
Most people tolerate Geodon well, but as with any medication, side effects are possible. Some of the most common side effects that have been reported with this drug include dizziness, weight gain, drowsiness, and unusual body movements.
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