Geodon vs. Invega

Are Geodon and Invega the Same Thing?

Geodon (ziprasidone HCl and ziprasidone mesylate) and Invega (haloperidol) are antipsychotic drugs used to treat symptoms of schizophrenia.

Geodon is also used to treat acute manic or mixed episodes associated with bipolar disorder. Geodon also can be used as maintenance treatment of bipolar disorder when added to lithium or valproate.

Invega is also used to control motor (movement) and verbal tics (for example, Tourette's syndrome) and is used to treat severe behavior problems in children.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Geodon?

Side effects of Geodon include:

Serious side effects of Geodon include

This is not a complete list of side effects, and others may occur.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Invega?

Common side effects of Invega include:

Tell your doctor if you have serious side effects of Invega including:

  • difficulty swallowing,
  • muscle spasms,
  • mental/mood changes, or
  • signs of infection (such as fever, persistent sore throat),
  • high fever,
  • sweating,
  • confusion,
  • fast or uneven heartbeats,
  • feeling like you might pass out,
  • tremors (uncontrolled shaking),
  • trouble swallowing,
  • sudden numbness or weakness, especially on one side of the body,
  • sudden and severe headache, or problems with vision, speech, or balance,
  • fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms, or
  • white patches or sores inside your mouth or on your lips.

What is Geodon?

Geodon (ziprasidone HCl and ziprasidone mesylate) is an atypical antipsychotic used to treat symptoms of schizophrenia and acute manic or mixed episodes associated with bipolar disorder. Geodon also can be used as maintenance treatment of bipolar disorder when added to lithium or valproate.

What is Invega?

Invega (paliperidone) extended-release tablets are indicated for the treatment of schizophrenia in adults and adolescents (12-17 years of age)


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What Drugs Interact With Geodon?

Geodon may interact with other medicines that make you sleepy (such as cold or allergy medicine, sedatives, narcotic pain medicine, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, and medicine for seizures, depression, or anxiety), blood pressure medicines, and medications to treat Parkinson's disease.

Geodon may also interact with diuretics (water pills), heart rhythm medicines, blood pressure medicines, amazepine, cisapride, or haloperidol.

What Drugs Interact With Invega?

If you are taking, or plan to take, any prescription or over-the-counter drugs, as there is a potential for interactions.

Do not drink alcohol while taking Invega.

How Should Geodon Be Taken?

Geodon (ziprasidone HCl) is available as capsules and Geodon (ziprasidone mesylate) is available as an injection for intramuscular use.

Geodon Capsules should be administered at an initial daily dose of 20 mg twice daily with food. For intramuscular dosing, the recommended dose of Geodon is 10 mg to 20 mg administered as required up to a maximum dose of 40 mg per day.

How Should Invega Be Taken?

Invega should be taken with water. Tablets should not be chewed, divided, or crushed.


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Pfizer. Geodon Product Information.
Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Invega Product Information.

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