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Geodon Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose
In this Article
- What is ziprasidone (Geodon)?
- What are the possible side effects of ziprasidone (Geodon)?
- What is the most important information I should know about ziprasidone (Geodon)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking ziprasidone (Geodon)?
- How should I take ziprasidone (Geodon)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Geodon)?
- What happens if I overdose (Geodon)?
- What should I avoid while taking ziprasidone (Geodon)?
- What other drugs will affect ziprasidone (Geodon)?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose (Geodon)?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose (Geodon)?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
Overdose symptoms may include drowsiness, problems with speech, dizziness, feeling light-headed, fainting, fast or pounding heartbeat, or restless muscle movements in your eyes, tongue, jaw, or neck.
What should I avoid while taking ziprasidone (Geodon)?
While you are taking ziprasidone, you may be more sensitive to temperature extremes such as very hot or cold conditions. Avoid getting too cold, or becoming overheated or dehydrated. Drink plenty of fluids, especially in hot weather and during exercise. It is easier to become dangerously overheated and dehydrated while you are taking ziprasidone.
Ziprasidone may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert.
Avoid drinking alcohol. It can increase some of the side effects of ziprasidone.
What other drugs will affect ziprasidone (Geodon)?
Before taking ziprasidone, tell your doctor if you regularly use any other medicines that make you sleepy (such as cold or allergy medicine, narcotic pain medicine, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, and medicine for seizures, depression, or anxiety). They can add to sleepiness caused by ziprasidone.
Tell your doctor about all other medications you are using, especially:
- a diuretic (water pill), blood pressure medicine, or heart rhythm medicine;
- carbamazepine (Carbatrol, Tegretol);
- cisapride (Propulsid);
- haloperidol (Haldol);
- narcotic pain medication; or
- medicines used to treat Parkinson's Disease such as levodopa (Dopar, Larodopa, Sinemet, Atamet, others).
This list is not complete and there are many other medicines that can cause serious or life-threatening medical problems if you take them together with ziprasidone. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor. Keep a list of all your medicines and show it to any healthcare provider who treats you.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about ziprasidone.
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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