Geodon (Ziprasidone Hydrochloride) and/or alternatives
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General Information On Geodon
Geodon (generic name Ziprasidone) is a prescription medicine approved for treating Schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. This drug belongs to a class of drugs known as atypical antipsychotic drugs. The drug works by hindering the effects of certain chemicals, including serotonin and dopamine, in the brain. This drug is available in capsule form and is administered orally. As this drug is a prescription only medication, you can buy Geodon only if your doctor prescribes it.
Side Effects for Geodon
Geodon has the potential to cause side effects. Some patients may experience mild side effects and in few rare cases the drug may trigger severe side effects. It is also true that many patients who take Ziprasidone do not experience any sort of side effects.
The common side effects of Geodon are – depressed mood, mild headache, anxiety, vomiting, loss of appetite, vomiting, mild skin rashes, drowsiness or dizziness, nausea, sore throat, stuffy or runny nose, and sudden weight gain.
Other lesser known side effects of Geodon include - profuse sweating, irregular heartbeats, constant feeling of irritation, urinating more than normal, constant feeling of thirst, penis erection that is painful, flu symptoms, fever, body ache, and extreme weakness. If you experience any of these side effects you must immediately consult your doctor.
Before using Geodon you must notify your doctor about your medical conditions and any allergies you may have. You must not use Geodon if you are allergic to Ziprasidone. Patients with history of heart attack, heart failure, or other heart disease should not use Geodon without consulting their doctor. Patients suffering from low blood pressure, seizures, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, and certain allergies should notify the doctor about their problems before using Geodon. During treatment, you must not consume alcohol and exercise caution while performing activities that require you to stay alert. Pregnant women or women who wish to become pregnant soon or breastfeeding women should use Geodon only if their doctor recommends this drug.
Geodon Dosage is different for each patient. Doctors determine the dosage of this medicine after taking into account your past medical history, the medical condition(s) you are receiving treatment for, the severity of your condition(s) and type of other medications you are using. The standard recommended dosage for schizophrenic patients is Geodon 20 mg twice every day. The recommended dosage for patients suffering from bipolar disorder is Geodon 40mg twice in a day. Depending on your response to the initial dosage, the doctor may increase your dosage to Geodon 80 mg twice daily. To get maximum benefit from the medicine, you must take your daily dosage at a fixed time and strictly adhere to the standard dosage or as prescribed by your doctor. In no scenario, should you change your dosage without consulting your doctor.
Before using Geodon, you must inform your doctor about the other medicines you are using. This is important because the combination of Geodon and certain other medicines may trigger certain unwanted and potentially fatal interactions such as irregular heart beat. Geodon may interact with narcotic pain medicines, muscle relaxants, allergy medicines, sleeping pills, seizure medicines, and other medicines that make you feel sleepy. In addition, Geodon may also interact with certain antibiotics, antifungal medications, and anesthetics. If you buy Geodon ensure that you inform your doctor about other medicines you are using to prevent unwanted drug interactions.
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What is a "Generic" medication/drug?
Generic drugs are medications that have comparable medicinal ingredients as the original brand name drug, but which are generally cheaper in price. Nearly 1 in 3 drugs dispensed are "generic". They undergo testing to ensure that they are similar to their "brand" counterparts in:
- Active Ingredient (e.g. "Pravastatin" is the active ingredient in brand name Pravachol)
- Dosage (e.g. 10 mg of the active ingredient)
- Safety (e.g. same or similar side effects, drug interactions)
- Performance (e.g. 10 mg of a "generic" can be substituted for 10 mg of the "brand" and have the same therapeutic result)
- Intended use (e.g. both "generic" and "brand" would be prescribed for the same conditions)
What this means is that "generic" medications can be used as a substitute of their brand equivalents with the comparable therapeutic results. There are a few exceptions (examples are outlined at the end of this page) and as always you should consult your physician before switching from a brand name medications to a generic or vice versa.
What differences are there between generic and brand?
While generics and brand equivalent drugs contain the same active ingredients, they may be different in the following ways:
- Appearance (e.g. the scoring or markings)
The color, shape and size of the medication come from the fillers that are added to the active ingredients to make the drug. These fillers that are added to the drug have no medical use and do not to change the effectiveness of the final product. A generic drug must contain comparable active ingredients and must have a comparable strength and dosage as the original brand name equivalent. Generic drugs can be more cost effective than purchasing the brand name.
Why do generics cost less than the brand name equivalents?
When a new drug is "invented", the company that discovered it has a patent on it that gives them the exclusive production rights for this medication. Once the patent expires in a country, other companies can bring the product to market under their own name. This patent prevents other companies from copying the drug during that time so they can earn back their Research and Development costs through being the exclusive supplier of the product. After the patent expires however, other companies can develop a "generic" version of the product. These versions generally are offered at much lower prices because the companies do not have the same development costs as the original company who developed the medication.
The main thing to realize here though is that the two products are therapeutically equivalent. They may look different, and be called something different.
How are Generic drugs tested to ensure quality and efficacy?
Generally speaking, the two most generally accepted methods to prove the safety of a generic version of a drug are to either repeat most of the chemistry, animal and human studies originally done, or to show that the drug performs comparably with the original brand name drug. This second option is called a "comparative bioavailability" study. During this type of study, volunteers are given the original drug, and then separately later the generic drug. The rates at which the drug is delivered to the patient (into their blood stream or otherwise absorbed) are measured to ensure they are the same. Because the same active ingredient is used the major concern is just that it delivers the common chemical(s) at the same rate so that they have the same effect. Please note that the methods that the manufacturers use may vary from country to country.