Advise the patient to read the FDA-approved patient labeling (Patient Information).
Administration Information for Capsules
Advise patients to take GEODON capsules whole. Do not open, crush, or chew the capsules. Instruct patients to take GEODON capsules with food for optimal absorption. The absorption of ziprasidone is increased up to two-fold in the presence of food [see Dosage and Administration (2.1), Drug Interactions (7.10), and Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].
Advise patients to inform their health care providers of the following: History of QT prolongation; recent acute myocardial infarction; uncompensated heart failure; prescription of other drugs that have demonstrated QT prolongation; risk for significant electrolyte abnormalities; and history of cardiac arrhythmia [see Contraindications (4.1) and Warnings and Precautions (5.3)].
Instruct patients to report the onset of any conditions that put them at risk for significant electrolyte disturbances, hypokalemia in particular, including but not limited to the initiation of diuretic therapy or prolonged diarrhea. In addition, instruct patients to report symptoms such as dizziness, palpitations, or syncope to the prescriber [see Warnings and Precautions (5.3)].
Severe Cutaneous Adverse Reactions
Instruct patients to report to their health care provider at the earliest onset any signs or symptoms that may be associated with Drug Reaction with Eosinophilia and Systemic Symptoms (DRESS) or with severe cutaneous adverse reactions, such as Stevens-Johnson syndrome [see Warnings and Precautions (5.5)].
Advise pregnant women to notify their healthcare provider if they become pregnant or intend to become pregnant during treatment with GEODON. Advise patients that GEODON may cause extrapyramidal and/or withdrawal symptoms (agitation, hypertonia, hypotonia, tremor, somnolence, respiratory distress, and feeding disorder) in a neonate. Advise patients that there is a pregnancy exposure registry that monitors pregnancy outcomes in women exposed to GEODON during pregnancy [see Use in Specific Populations (8.1)].
Advise breastfeeding women using GEODON to monitor infants for excess sedation, irritability, poor feeding, and extrapyramidal symptoms (tremors, and abnormal muscle movements) and to seek medical care if they notice these signs [see Use in Specific Populations (8.2)].
Advise females of reproductive potential that GEODON may impair fertility due to an increase in serum prolactin levels. The effects on fertility are reversible [see Warnings and Precautions (5.15) and Use in Specific Populations (8.3)].