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Generic: ziprasidone
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It is used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depression.
               



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What is this medicine?

ZIPRASIDONE (zi PRAY si done) is used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, also known as manic- depression.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • dementia
  • diabetes or high blood sugar
  • heart disease, including heart failure
  • irregular heartbeat
  • liver disease
  • low potassium level in the blood
  • Parkinson's disease or other movement disorders
  • previous heart attack or stroke
  • suicidal thoughts, plans, or attempt by you or a family member
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to ziprasidone, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take with food. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on the advice of your doctor or health care professional.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
  • alfuzosin
  • arsenic trioxide
  • certain antidepressants
  • certain macrolide antibiotics like clarithromycin, erythromycin, telithromycin, and troleandomycin
  • certain quinolone antibiotics like gatifloxacin, grepafloxacin, levofloxacin, moxifloxacin, and sparfloxacin
  • chloroquine
  • cisapride
  • clozapine
  • dolasetron
  • droperidol
  • halofantrine
  • haloperidol
  • levomethadyl
  • medicines for treating heart- rhythm problems like amiodarone, dofetilide, flecainide, procainamide, quinidine, and sotalol
  • methadone
  • palonosetron
  • pentamidine
  • phenothiazines like chlorpromazine, mesoridazine and thioridazine
  • pimozide
  • probucol
  • propafenone
  • risperidone
  • sertindole
  • tacrolimus
  • vardenafil

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • carbamazepine
  • diuretics
  • medicines for fungal infections like fluconazole, itraconazole, ketoconazole, voriconazole
  • medicines for Parkinson's disease
  • some medications for high blood pressure
  • stimulants like amphetamine, dextroamphetamine

               
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