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ziprasidone (generic name)

(zi PRAY si done): An atypical antipsychotic - It is used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depression
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Ziprasidone Hydrochloride Oral capsule

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. It may be several weeks before you see the full effects of this medicine. Do not suddenly stop taking this medicine. Your doctor may want you to gradually reduce the dose.

You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this drug affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol can make you more drowsy and dizzy. Avoid alcoholic drinks.

This medicine can make you more sensitive to the sun. Keep out of the sun. If you cannot avoid being in the sun, wear protective clothing and use sunscreen. Do not use sun lamps or tanning beds/booths.

This medicine can change the response of your body to heat or cold. Try not to get overheated. Avoid temperature extremes, such as saunas, hot tubs, or very hot or cold baths or showers. Dress warmly in cold weather.

Your mouth may get dry. Chewing sugarless gum or sucking hard candy, and drinking plenty of water may help. Contact your doctor if the problem does not go away or is severe.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • change in emotion or behavior such as feeling depressed, angry, or anxious
  • chest pain
  • difficulty breathing
  • difficulty swallowing
  • excessive thirst and/or hunger
  • fast or irregular heartbeat or palpitations
  • fever or chills, sore throat
  • frequently needing to urinate
  • inability to control muscle movements in the face, hands, arms, or legs
  • loss of balance or difficulty walking
  • prolonged erection
  • seizures
  • skin rash or hives
  • stiff muscles or jaw
  • tremor
  • uncontrollable movements or spasms of the face, tongue or mouth
  • weakness or loss of strength

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • constipation
  • drowsiness
  • headache
  • nausea or vomiting
  • upset stomach

This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

NOTE:This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

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Last Updated

July 30, 2009

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