What Is Geodon Used For?
Geodon® (ziprasidone hydrochloride) is a prescription medicine that belongs to a class of drugs known as "atypical antipsychotics." Many people may wonder, "What is Geodon used for?" This medication is approved for the treatment of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
Geodon for Schizophrenia
Although psychotherapy may be helpful for schizophrenia, medication is often essential to schizophrenia treatment. Geodon can help improve the symptoms of schizophrenia. It also helps to prevent schizophrenia relapses (worsening of schizophrenia).
Geodon for Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression, is a serious brain disease that causes extreme shifts in mood, energy, and functioning. It is different from the normal ups and downs that everyone goes through -- the symptoms of bipolar disorder are more severe. 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.
(Click Geodon Uses for more information on what Geodon is used for, to learn about off-label uses for this drug, and to find out if the medicine is approved for use in children.)