Ziprasidone is an antipsychotic. It is used to treat schizophrenia and manic symptoms associated with bipolar disorder. Ziprasidone is not approved for use in patients under 18.
Tell your doctor all your medical conditions and the drugs you take before starting this medication, as many drugs can interact with ziprasidone. Take this medication with food. If you are diabetic, check your blood sugar levels regularly. Symptoms may take several weeks to improve. Do not stop using this medicine suddenly, even if you feel good.
Do not take ziprasidone if you have: heart rhythm disorder, long QT syndrome (you or a family member), uncontrolled heart failure, a recent heart attack. Inform your doctor if you become pregnant or breastfeed. Avoid getting too cold or too hot. Stay hydrated. Avoid driving and activities that require alertness until you understand how this drug affects you. Avoid alcohol. Avoid getting up too quickly.
May increase risk of death in older adults with conditions related to dementia. May cause serious heart problems. Seek immediate medical help and contact your doctor right away if you experience serious side effects such as: allergic reaction, overdose, severe skin reaction, reaction that affects many parts of your body, sudden dizziness, pounding heart, fluttering in chest, shortness of breath, new or worsening skin rash with fever, swollen glands, jaundice, mild skin rash, uncontrolled facial muscle movements, symptoms of low white blood cell count, symptoms of high blood sugar, symptoms of a severe nervous system reaction. Other side effects may occur.