Ziprasidone is medicine for the treatment of short and severe emotional disturbance in schizophrenic patients. This medicine belongs to a class of antipsychotic agents.
Nervous system side effectsCommon unwanted effects include hypertonicity, dystonia, problems with voluntary movements, shaking, loss of the ability to move certain body parts and uncontrolled movements. Other side effects can appear such as vertigo, extreme sleepiness, anxiousness, lack of movement coordination, loss of memory, and hallucinations. There are some other unwanted effects that are very rare, so we will not mention them here. There are numerous cases where ziprasidone didn’t give desirable results and it even caused serious unwanted effects. In all of these cases, replacement of the ziprasidone with some other medicine helped, so the patients no longer experienced side effects and their condition was improved.
Gastrointestinal side effectsThe usual side effects are sickness, difficult evacuation of bowels, heartburn, throwing up, dryness of the mouth, difficulties while swallowing and problems with teeth, while other side effects occur rarely.
Side effects affecting respiratory tractSome studies showed that those patients who used atypical antipsychotic drugs had a bit greater risk of death than those who used placebo. The most common causes of death were problems in heart functioning and infections, such as pneumonia. The most common side effects regarding respiratory system are infections of this system, an inflammation of the mucous membrane in the nose, cough, inflammation of the pharynx and difficult respiration.
Other side effects
Side effects that result in changes on the skin are rash, inflammation of the skin caused by fungi, loss of hair and increased sweating. There are other side effects that are rare. Ocular side effects of ziprasidone are usually related to different problems with sight. Cardiovascular side effects include enhanced pulse. Ziprasidone can also cause unwanted effects regarding endocrine system and they include diabetes, hyperprolactinemia and abnormal functioning of the thyroid gland. Hyperprolactinemia can further result in sexual problems and abnormalities regarding period. Researches performed on animals showed that the risk of developing hypophysis cancer increases with the increased dosage of ziprasidone. There are some cases where men reported unwanted erections that were long-lasting, impotence and problems with ejaculation. Generally, there are unwanted effects that affect genitourinary tract such as those mentioned above and also absence of menstruations, blood in the urine, disability to reach orgasm and others. There are other side effects that are not mentioned here and if you need more information on this medicine, please talk to your medical adviser or pharmacist.