What is asenapine?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Saphris Sycrest

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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.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Bipolar disorder 66 64
Bipolar I disorder 38 22
Major depressive disorder 23 24
Bipolar II disorder 9 12
Anxious mood 5 4

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 49
Moderate 23
Mild 24
None 26

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with asenapine

Side effect Patients Percentage
Weight gain 16
Restlessness (akathisia) 6
Numbness in tongue 5
Bad taste in mouth 3
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 3
Hunger 3

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking asenapine

Dosage Patients Percentage
10 mg daily 5
5 mg daily 4
5 mg twice daily 2
15 mg daily 2
1 tablet(s) twice daily 1
2.5 mg daily 1
2.5 mg twice daily 1
10 mg twice daily 1
20 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking asenapine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Side effects too severe 42
Did not seem to work 18
Doctor's advice 12
Other 12
Personal research 5
Expense 4
Course of treatment ended 2
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Duration

Currently taking asenapine

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 8
5 - 10 years 5

Stopped taking asenapine

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 28
1 - 6 months 21
6 months - 1 year 11
1 - 2 years 7
2 - 5 years 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 82
Usually 19
Sometimes 13
Never taken as prescribed 8
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 16
Somewhat hard to take 35
A little hard to take 26
Not at all hard to take 45
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 4
$100-199 7
$50-99 17
$25-49 5
< $25 40
Not specified 49

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking asenapine after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 8
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 7
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 5
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 4
Lurasidone (Latuda) 3

Show all 22 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking asenapine and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 2
Lurasidone (Latuda) 2
Sertraline (Zoloft) 2
Ziprasidone (Geodon) 2
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 1

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7 patient evaluations for asenapine

Mar 15, 2017 (Started Aug 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for bipolar disorder)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (hypomania)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 2.5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: seemed to elevate whatever mood i was dealing with. good or bad

  • 0 helpful marks

May 24, 2016 (Started May 18, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for confusion)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for depersonalization-derealization)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for suicidal thoughts or urges)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for psychogenic non-epileptic seizures)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for irritability)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for dissociation)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anger)
  • Side effects
    Severe (sedation, daytime sleepiness, difficulty staying asleep)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

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Jun 22, 2012 (Started Mar 21, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence))
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
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

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