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

side_effects of asenapine"

Severe
24
Moderate
8
Mild
14
None
9

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

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4
3
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2
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Show all 54 reported side effects

Dosages

Most common dosages (by patients currently taking asenapine)
Dosage Patients
10 mg daily 13
5 mg daily 8
20 mg daily 7
1 mg daily 3
1 tablet(s) daily 3
1 other daily 2
2 tablet(s) daily 2
1 mcg daily 1
2 other daily 1
2 mcg daily 1

Dosages based on patients currently taking asenapine.

Why Patients Stopped Taking asenapine (multiple reasons could be selected)
Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 28
Did not seem to work 12
Other 11
Doctor's advice 9
Expense 3
Personal research 2
Course of treatment ended 2
See all 49 patients who’ve stopped taking asenapine

Duration

Currently Taking asenapine
Duration Patients
0-1 month 0
1-3 months 0
3-6 months 0
6 months-1 year 2
1-2 years 5
2 years or more 5
Stopped Taking asenapine
Duration Patients
0-1 month 12
1-3 months 11
3-6 months 6
6 months-1 year 7
1-2 years 4
2 years or more 1
Adherence
Always
41 75%
Usually
6 11%
Sometimes
8 15%
Never
0 0%
Burden
Very
9 16%
Somewhat
15 27%
A little
15 27%
Not at all
16 29%
Cost per month
$200+
1 3%
$100-199
3 9%
$50-99
7 21%
$25-49
2 6%
20 61%

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking asenapine after stopping:
Treatment name(s) Patients
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR, Effexor, Venlafaxine XR…) 1
Patients stopped taking asenapine and switched to:
Treatment name(s) Patients
Ziprasidone (Geodon, Zeldox) 1
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6 patient evaluations for asenapine

isilzha
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isilzha
Sex: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Pain: Most
Fatigue: Some
Sleep: All
Stiffness: Some
function: None
external_stress: Most
Stickman: most
Description:F41y
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
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zoomer
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 1
Mania: 0
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 0
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: Moderate
59 F
Function: High
Distress: Low
I am: b
I have:
Bipolar I

See zoomer's full asenapine history

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

See rudicollis's full asenapine history

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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