Ziprasidone (Geodon)

 HALF-LIFE: 6-7 hours
TARGET DOSING RANGE: 40mg-200mg daily (in divided doses)
>> Schizophrenia: Initial 20mg-60mg PO BID
>> Bipolar disorder: Initial 40mg PO BID for 2 days then
increase to 60mg PO BID or 80mg PO BID
PREGNANCY: Minimal data on safety.
BREASTFEEDING: Minimal data on safety.
1) Schizophrenia
2) Acute agitation in schizophrenia
3) Acute mania/mixed mania
4) Bipolar maintenance


  • Little to no propensity for weight gain, dyslipidemia, or insulin resistance
  • Must be taken with food (500 calorie meal)
    • Absorption is approximately doubled if taken with food
  • Metabolized by CYP3A4
    • CYP3A4 Inhibitors rarely lead to clinically significant increased plasma levels of ziprasidone
  • Highly protein bound
  • FDA a warning about QTc prolongation
    • Likely overly concerned
    • Does not cause dose dependent QTc prolongation
  • Intramuscular formulations (10mg-20mg) available
    • Don’y give IM 3 consecutive days in a row
  • Ziprasidone is an antagonist at 5HT2C, 5HT7, 5HT1B/D, and α2 receptors
  • Ziprasidone is a 5HT1A partial agonist
  • Ziprasidone is a weak NET and SERT inhibitor


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