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What special precautions should I follow?

Before taking Ziprasidone:

Do not take ziprasidone if you have any of the following conditions or a history of these conditions: heart disease; an irregular heartbeat or a history of irregular heartbeats; a history of prolonged QT intervals; a family history of congenital long QT syndrome; or other heartbeat disturbances. These conditions may increase the risk of irregular heartbeats, heart attack, and death while taking ziprasidone.

Moreover, do not take ziprasidone with any of the following drugs: mesoridazine (Serentil®), thioridazine (Mellaril®, others), chlorpromazine (Thorazine®), pimozide (Orap®), droperidol (Inapsine®), quinidine (Cardioquin®, Quinaglute Dura-Tabs®, Quinidex®, Quinora®, others), dofetilide (Tikosyn®), sotalol (Betapace®, Betapace AF®, others), moxifloxacin (Avelox®), gatifloxacin (Tequin®), sparfloxacin (Zagam®), mefloquine (Lariam®), pentamidine (Pentam 300®), arsenic trioxide (Trisenox®), dolasetron (Anzemet®), levomethadyl acetate (Orlaam®), or tacrolimus (Prograf®). Taken with any of these drugs, ziprasidone may cause irregular heartbeats that could lead to death.

Please inform your doctor if you have high blood pressure, diabetes or hyperglycemia, a history of dizziness or fainting, a history of epilepsy, seizures, or Alzheimer's disease, or liver disease. You may not be able to take ziprasidone, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment if you have any of the conditions listed above.

Furthermore, tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following: ketoconazole (Nizoral®) or itraconazole (Sporanox®); erythromycin (E-Mycin®, E.E.S.®, Ery-Tab®, Eryc®, others); carbamazepine (Tegretol®, Carbatrol®, Epitol®); medicines used to treat Parkinson's Disease such as levodopa (Dopar®, Larodopa®, Sinemet®, Atamet®, others), bromocriptine (Parlodel®), ropinirole (Requip®), cabergoline (Dostinex®), pramipexole (Mirapex®), pergolide (Permax®), selegiline (Eldepryl®), and others; or medicine used to lower blood pressure. You may not be able to take ziprasidone, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment if you are taking any of the medicines listed above.

Ziprasidone may increase the effects of other drugs that cause drowsiness, including antidepressants, alcohol, antihistamines, sedatives (used to treat insomnia), pain relievers, anxiety medicines, and muscle relaxants. Tell your doctor about all medicines that you are taking, and do not take any medicine without first talking to your doctor.

Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with ziprasidone. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines, including herbal products.

Hyperglycemia (increased blood sugar) has been reported in patients treated with atypical antipsychotics including ziprasidone. Talk to your doctor if you experience any signs of hyperglycemia including excessive thirst, frequent urination, excessive hunger, or weakness.

Ziprasidone is in the FDA pregnancy category C. This means that it is not known whether ziprasidone will be harmful to an unborn baby. Do not take ziprasidone without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment.

Furthermore, it is not known whether ziprasidone passes into breast milk. Do not take ziprasidone without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

If you are over the age of 65, you may be more likely to experience side effects from ziprasidone. Your doctor may prescribe a lower dose of the medication.

Use cautiously when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities as this medication may cause dizziness or drowsiness. If you experience dizziness or drowsiness, avoid these activities.

Dizziness may be more likely to occur when you rise from a sitting or lying position. Rise slowly to prevent dizziness and a possible fall.

Avoid becoming overheated in hot weather and during exercise. Ziprasidone may increase the risk of heat stroke.

 

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