What is asenapine?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most Popular Types: Saphris

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Generic Name: asenapine

Asenapine is an atypical antipsychotic used for acute treatment of schizophrenia in adults and acute treatment of manic or mixed episodes associated with bipolar I disorder in adults. It is available as a tablet that should be dissolved underneath the tongue two times per day.

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

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Severe
24
Moderate
7
Mild
14
None
8

Commonly reported side effects, conditions, and hospitalizations associated with asenapine

11
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3
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2
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Show all 53 reported side effects

Dosages

Most common dosages (by patients currently taking asenapine)
Dosage Patients
10 mg daily 12
5 mg daily 8
20 mg daily 6
1 tablet(s) daily 3
1 mg daily 2
2 tablet(s) daily 2
15 mg daily 2
0.25 mg daily 1
1 other daily 1
1 mcg daily 1
Why Patients Stopped Taking asenapine (multiple reasons could be selected)
Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 28
Did not seem to work 11
Other 10
Doctor's advice 9
Expense 3
Personal research 2
Course of treatment ended 2
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Duration

Currently Taking asenapine
Duration Patients
0-1 month 0
1-3 months 0
3-6 months 3
6 months-1 year 1
1-2 years 2
2 years or more 6
Stopped Taking asenapine
Duration Patients
0-1 month 12
1-3 months 11
3-6 months 6
6 months-1 year 6
1-2 years 4
2 years or more 0
Adherence
Always
40 75%
Usually
6 11%
Sometimes
7 13%
Never
0 0%
Burden
Very
8 15%
Somewhat
15 28%
A little
14 26%
Not at all
16 30%
Cost per month
$200+
1 3%
$100-199
3 9%
$50-99
7 21%
$25-49
2 6%
< $25
20 61%
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6 patient evaluations for asenapine

isilzha
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Sex: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Pain: Most
Fatigue: Some
Sleep: All
Stiffness: Some
function: None
external_stress: Most
Stickman: most
Description:F40y
FM:11y Dx
I am: n
I have:
Fibromyalgia

See isilzha's full asenapine history

Jun 22, 2012 (Started Mar 21, 2012)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Major Depressive Disorder: Moderate
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Usually
  • Burden: A little
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Ugh, the cherry taste (it's a sublingual med) is horrendous, though I was told the original unflavored was even worse. Hard to imagine! =) That said, it actually helps me sleep better than the trazadone because it doesn't seem to cause the bizarre lucid dreams that trazadone gives me.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
zoomer
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zoomer
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 0
Mania: 0
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 0
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: Moderate
59 F
Function: High
Distress: Low
I am: g
I have:
Bipolar I

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May 1, 2012 (Started Apr 05, 2012)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Bipolar I Disorder: Can’t tell
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Sometimes
  • Burden: Very
Dosage: 5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: packaging major hassle
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark
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rudicollis
Sex: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Depression: 2
Mania: 1
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 2
Compulsion: 2
External Stress: Moderate
26 F
Function: High
Distress: Low
I am: n
I have:
Schizophrenia

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Feb 7, 2012 (Started Apr 15, 2010)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Schizophrenia: Major
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: A little
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: Bad taste in mouth

Jun 13, 2010 (Started Apr 15, 2010)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Schizophrenia: Major
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Somewhat
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Though the taste is horrible, this is honestly the best psychiatric medication I have ever taken. It has nearly eliminated all of my schizophrenic symptoms including visual and auditory hallucinations, paranoia, racing thoughts, and disorganized thoughts, speech and behavior - Just to name a few. I have never felt better since I've been on this, and it works quickly if you need an emergency dose - in about 10 minutes I can feel a difference. I highly suggest you try this medication. The side effects are nearly non-existent.
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: Bad taste in mouth

Apr 19, 2010 (Started Apr 15, 2010)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Schizophrenia: Moderate
  • Side Effects: Moderate
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Somewhat
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Bad taste in mouth

  • 1 helpful mark
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