WARNING: SUICIDAL THOUGHTS AND BEHAVIORS
Antipsychotic medication used for the treatment of psychotic and behavior disorders may increase the risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior. Antipsychotic medication, such as ziprasidone, may change mental health conditions (such as mood and behavior) in unexpected ways. Talk to your doctor if you are experiencing suicidal thoughts or other sudden changes in your mental health. Before starting treatment with ziprasidone, or any other antipsychotic, discuss the risks and benefits of the medication with your doctor.
Ziprasidone has been shown to cause some adverse side effects. Talk to your health care provider if these side effects become severe, or do not go away within a few days.
Common symptoms reported while taking ziprasidone include:
- Stomach pain
- Weight gain
More serious side effects include:
- Uncontrollable movements
- Fast or irregular heartbeat
- Skin rash
- Mouth sores
- Muscle stiffness
- Loss of consciousness
Seek medical attention right away if you begin to notice any of these symptoms. These are signs of a serious adverse reaction and medical treatment is required.
As with all prescription medication, inform your doctor of any medical conditions you are currently managing. Tell them about any and all medication, prescription drugs, and supplements you are taking before starting treatment with ziprasidone. This medication can interact with substances in the body, causing potentially serious adverse reactions.
Let your provider know if you have or have had heart failure, heart conditions, or a recent heart attack. You should also inform your provider if you have or have had heart, liver, or kidney disease.
Ziprasidone can cause drowsiness. Because of this, you should not operate a motor vehicle or heavy machinery until you know how this medication affects you.
Finally, let your doctor know if you are pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant before starting treatment with ziprasidone. If you become pregnant while taking this medication, inform your health care provider immediately.