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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 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 reduce the response of your body to heat or cold. Dress warm in cold weather and stay hydrated in hot weather. If possible, avoid extreme temperatures like saunas, hot tubs, very hot or cold showers, or activities that can cause dehydration such as vigorous exercise.

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

               
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