Ziprasidone belongs to a class of drugs called atypical antipsychotics. It works by helping to restore the balance of certain natural substances in the brain. Ziprasidone oral is used to treat schizophrenia and the manic symptoms of bipolar disorder (manic depression) while the injection is used to quickly treat agitation in people with schizophrenia.
Ziprasidone should not be used if you have a heart rhythm disorder, long QT syndrome, uncontrolled heart failure or if you recently had a heart attack. It may increase the risk of death in older adults with dementia related psychosis. You should not breastfeed while taking this medication.
Common side effects include fever, fear or nervousness, cough, difficulty with speaking, drooling, need to keep moving, restlessness, muscle trembling, jerking or stiffness, loss of balance control, inability to sit still, sneezing, sore throat and stiffness of the limbs, etc.