The following are some general considerations for when and how to take ziprasidone:
- The medication comes in capsule form. It is usually taken by mouth twice daily.
- Ziprasidone should be taken with food, since taking the drug on an empty stomach decreases its absorption into your body.
- Your dosages should be taken at the same times each day to maintain an even level in your blood.
- For ziprasidone to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. The medication will not work if you stop taking it.
The dose of ziprasidone your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- The medical condition being treated
- The severity of your condition
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you may be taking.
As always, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Ziprasidone Dosing for more information.)
As with any medicine, side effects can occur with ziprasidone. However, not everyone who takes the medication will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects include but are not limited to:
- Twitching, shakiness, or unusual body movements
- Weight gain (see Geodon and Weight Gain).
(Click Ziprasidone Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report to your healthcare provider.)
You can also read about other side effects in the following eMedTV articles: