Ziprasidone is an atypical antipsychotic agent useful to treat certain mental disorders (like schizophrenia).
Uses of Ziprasidone
For treatment of schizophrenia (a disorder that affects a person’s ability to think, feel and behave clearly).
Contraindications of Ziprasidone
When should one not use Ziprasidone
- Do not take this medicine if you are allergic to Ziprasidone or any ingredient of this medicine
- Do not take this medicine if you have a history of irregular heart rhythm
- Do not take this medicine if you have prolonged Q-T interval on ECG
- Do not take this medicine if you have an account of recent heart attacks or heart failure
Side effects of Ziprasidone
Common side effects of this drug are:
- The rise in blood sugar levels
- Running nose
- Difficulty in breathing during sleep
- Respiratory tract infection
- Abnormal, uncontrolled movements
- Vision problems
Precautions and Warnings of Ziprasidone
Can I take Ziprasidone during pregnancy?
It is unsafe to use Ziprasidone during pregnancy. Take only when specifically prescribed by your doctor.
Can I take Ziprasidone while breastfeeding?
It is unsafe to use Ziprasidone during breastfeeding. Take if found essential by your doctor.
Can I drive if I have consumed Ziprasidone?
Taking this medicine may cause unsteadiness, blurred vision or headache. It is not recommended to drive or operate heavy machinery when taking this medicine.
Can I consume alcohol with Ziprasidone?
Alcohol may worsen the side effects. It is not advised to consume alcohol when taking this medicine.
Other General Warnings
Talk to your doctor if
- You have diabetes
- You have any allergy or any significant changes in behaviour
- You have heart-related problems
Mode of Action of Ziprasidone
How Does It Work?
Ziprasidone regulates certain chemical activities within the brain, which are responsible for thoughts, behaviour and mood.
Interactions of Ziprasidone
Interactions with other medicines
- It may reduce the effects of Levodopa and Dopaminergic medicines given to patients of Parkinson’s disease
- It may cause altered metabolism if given with Carbamazepine and Ketoconazole
- Muscle relaxants
- Cough syrups
Interactions with food items
No information is available on interactions of Ziprasidone when taken with food, consult your doctor or pharmacist for further details.
Dosage of Ziprasidone
Ziprasidone overdose can lead to symptoms such as sedation, slurred speech, an increase in blood pressure, trouble in breathing, tremors, unconsciousness and anxiety. If you suspect an overdose, seek emergency medical care immediately.
Missed a Dose
Take the missed dose as early as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is already time for the next dose. Do not take extra medicine to compensate for the missed dose.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q: What should be discussed with my health care provider before taking Ziprasidone?
- Tell your doctor if you have diabetes
- Any allergy
- Any significant changes in behaviour
- Heart-related problems
Q: Are there any precautions that I must consider?
- One must avoid alcohol when taking this medicine
- Do not drive or operate heavy machinery
- This medicine leads to increased sleepiness, impaired judgment, thinking ability and altered control over body movements
- It may cause symptoms of high blood glucose even if you do not have diabetes
- Inform your doctor if you experience any unusual muscle movements in the arms, jaws, tongue, limbs, etc.
- Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to be pregnant
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