Reconsidering Ziprasidone (Geodon) for Kids with Bipolar Disorder

June 17, 2010 · Posted in Current Treatments 

Ziprasidone has shown efficacy in pediatric BP I disorder (ages 10 to 17). Its metabolic profile is the most benign of the atypical antipsychotics, including being the only one that does not produce weight gain in children. None of the other metabolic indices increased either.

This drug is currently rarely used in children because of concerns about its effects on electrocardiogram (EKG), which have rarely been seen in clinical practice. Perhaps the overall assessment of its risk/benefit ratio should be re-evaluated.

We’ve posted before about ziprasidone’s benign side effects profile.

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