Geodon® (ziprasidone hydrochloride) is a prescription medicine licensed to treat mental illnesses, such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. It belongs to a class of drugs known as atypical antipsychotics.
In order to help minimize risks during treatment with Geodon, risks associated with the use of this medication should be discussed with your healthcare provider ahead of time. Geodon can cause a number of potentially serious problems, including priapism (a painful erection of the penis that does not go away), tardive dyskinesia (a condition involving uncontrollable body or face movements), and a life-threatening irregular heart rhythm called QT prolongation.
Certain side effects have been reported with Geodon. These common side effects include respiratory tract infections, drowsiness, headache, and nausea. In most cases, side effects of Geodon are minor and either do not require medical attention or can be treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
(Click Geodon Side Effects and Geodon Warnings and Precautions for more information about other Geodon risks and to find out which side effects of the medication are potentially serious and require immediate medical attention.)