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Geodon is a brand name prescription antipsychotic medication sold by Pfizer. While it may be prescribed to treat a variety of medical conditions, it is primarily prescribed by doctors to patients suffering from mental and/or mood disorders, such as bipolar disorder 1 or schizophrenia.

Geodon’s active ingredient is Ziprasidone, which belongs to a class of drugs called atypical antipsychotics. It works by helping to restore the balance of certain chemical substances that naturally exist within the brain.

More specifically, Geodon’s active ingredient can help with symptoms, such as hallucinations, and can make you think more clearly and positively about yourself. It can also help you feel less agitated and more motivated to take an active part in everyday life.

Geodon is an oral medication that should be taken exactly as it has been prescribed. That being said, the common dosage is to swallow 1 capsule whole, twice daily and to take it with food. For optimal results, Geodon should be taken at the same time every day.

It is important to continue to take this medication for as long as it is being prescribed to you. It typically takes a few weeks to work, so patience is required. Even once it has started working and you feel better, you should continue to take the medication. You should not alter your dose or stop taking this medication without first obtaining your doctor’s approval.

Common side effects associated with Geodon include drowsiness, dizziness, weakness, lightheadedness, nausea, vomiting, cough and runny nose. Let your doctor know if any of these effects persist or worsen.

More severe side effects that may occur with this medication include difficulty swallowing, muscle spasms, mental/mood changes, vision changes, shaking (tremors), etc. If you experience these or any other side effects notify your doctor immediately. If you experience a severe allergic reaction (tongue or throat swelling) seek emergency medical care immediately.

Geodon is not right for everyone. It is not approved for the treatment of patients with dementia-related psychosis or elderly patients with dementia-related psychosis. You should also inform your doctor if you have an existing medical condition or are currently taking any medications (prescription, non-prescription) or herbal supplements.

Remember that your doctor is the best source for answering your questions related to your mental health, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. If you are interested in taking Geodon or would like to know more about it, consult with your healthcare provider.

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