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 58 55
Bipolar I disorder 37 19
Major depressive disorder 21 20
Bipolar II disorder 9 12
Schizophrenia 6 14

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  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 44
Moderate 21
Mild 22
None 23

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with asenapine

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 16
Restlessness (akathisia) 5
Numbness in tongue 4
Bad taste in mouth 3
Nausea 3
Sleepiness 3

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking asenapine

Dosage Patients
10 mg daily 7
20 mg daily 4
5 mg daily 3
5 mg twice daily 3
10 mg twice daily 3
1 mg daily 2
1 other daily 1
1 tablet(s) twice daily 1
2.5 mg daily 1
15 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking asenapine

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 41
Did not seem to work 19
Doctor's advice 12
Other 11
Expense 8
Personal research 4
Course of treatment ended 2
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Duration

Currently taking asenapine

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 7
5 - 10 years 9

Stopped taking asenapine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 27
1 - 6 months 22
6 months - 1 year 11
1 - 2 years 8
2 - 5 years 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 77
Usually 17
Sometimes 12
Never taken as prescribed 4
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 15
Somewhat hard to take 31
A little hard to take 24
Not at all hard to take 40
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 5
$100-199 7
$50-99 15
$25-49 5
< $25 37
Not specified 41

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking asenapine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 9
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 6
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 4
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 3
Risperidone (Risperdal) 3

Show all 21 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking asenapine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 2
Sertraline (Zoloft) 2
Ziprasidone (Geodon) 2
Brexpiprazole (Rexulti) 1
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 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
    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)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Depersonalization-derealization)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Confusion)
  • Side effects
    Severe (Difficulty sleeping through night, Daytime sleepiness, Sedation)
  • 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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