Geodon (ziprasidone), an atypical antipsychotic medication, works by blocking receptors of certain neurotransmitters—primarily dopamine and serotonin—in the brain. It is available by prescription only. Adults and children who are at least 10 years of age may benefit from taking this drug to reduce psychotic symptoms. Unlike many other antipsychotic drugs, Geodon is known to produce little or no weight gain as a side effect.
This drug used to control intense thoughts, emotions, and behaviors which may accompany schizophrenia. It may also be used to treat individuals experiencing bipolar with symptoms of mania or mixed episodes (symptoms of mania and depression that occur simultaneously or in rapid sequence). While this medication may help to control the behavior that accompanies schizophrenia or bipolar issues, it will not cure any these mental health conditions.
For many mental health treatments that require psychotropic medication, pairing the drug treatment with a type of psychotherapy may help a person achieve better, longer-lasting mental health outcomes. Many published studies indicate that treatment with drugs alone does not enhance a person’s quality of life to the same degree as it might when paired with psychotherapy. If you are prescribed an antipsychotic medication, consider finding a qualified therapist or counselor to learn more about your condition and develop healthy ways to cope with underlying emotions, unwanted behaviors, and/or intrusive thoughts.