In this drug factsheet:DIN (Drug Identification Number)
|02374803 ||SAPHRIS 5MG SUBLINGUAL TAB|
|02374811 ||SAPHRIS 10MG SUBLINGUAL TAB|
How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
Asenapine belongs to group of medications known as antipsychotic agents. It is used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
Schizophrenia can cause symptoms such as hallucinations (e.g., hearing, seeing, or sensing things that are not there), delusions, unusual suspiciousness, and emotional withdrawal. People with this condition may also feel depressed, anxious, or tense.
Bipolar disorder causes alternating periods of depression and mania (abnormally elevated or irritable mood) or "mixed episodes" where people have symptoms of both depression and mania. Asenapine is used to treat the manic or mixed episodes (but not the depression) of bipolar disorder.
Conditions that affect the brain, such as schizophrenia, may be due to certain neurotransmitters (chemicals that control the function of nerve pathways) in the brain being out of balance. These imbalances may cause some of the symptoms of schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. Medications like asenapine are thought to work by correcting the balance of neurotransmitters.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
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How should I use this medication?
The usual recommended dose for schizophrenia treatment is 5 mg taken twice daily.
The usual recommended dose for bipolar disorder treatment is 5 mg to 10 mg taken twice daily.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
Asenapine tablets should be placed under the tongue and allowed to dissolve completely. The saliva in the mouth will dissolve the tablet within seconds. Do not crush, chew, or swallow asenapine tablets.
Handle the tablet with dry hands and remove the tablet from the package only when you are ready to take it.
In order for the medication to be properly absorbed into the body, do not eat or drink anything for 10 minutes after dissolving a tablet under the tongue.
It is important that this medication be taken exactly as prescribed by your doctor.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store this medication between 2°C and 30°C in the original package. Keep this medication out of the reach of children.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Each round, white to off-white, fast-dissolving sublingual tablet debossed with "5" on one side contains 5 mg asenapine. Nonmedicinal ingredients: gelatin, mannitol.
Each round, white to off-white, fast dissolving sublingual tablet debossed with "10" on one side contains 10 mg asenapine. Nonmedicinal ingredients: gelatin, mannitol.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Do not take asenapine if you are allergic to asenapine or any ingredients of the medication.