Saphris (Asenapine) 5mg
Saphris 5 mg
Saphris (pronounced as Saff-riss)
Asenapine (pronounced as A-sen-apeen)
Merck distributed by Lundbeck in Canada
About Saphris 5 mg
What is Saphris?
Saphris is an atypical antipsychotic psychiatric medication. It is often used to treat psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia and acute manias associated with bipolar disorder. Asenapine, the active chemical in Saphris, is derived from the tetracyclic antidepressants. (TCA)
How does Saphris work?
The exact mechanism of how Saphris works is not known. This is often the case with many medications that are indicated for schizophrenia and bipolar disorders. It is believed that Saphris does activate and deactivate certain dopamine and serotonin receptors, amongst other receptors also. Saphris helps you feel better everyday by reducing nervousness and confusion.
How to take Saphris?
For schizophrenia the normal starting dose is 5 mg twice daily with little benefit of 10 mg twice daily. For controlling manic episodes in bipolar disorder 5 mg twice daily is the normal dose; however, increasing to 10 mg twice daily may be practiced when poor clinical benefit is seen at 5 mg dose. Must be taken sublingually as it is poorly absorbed when swallowed. It is important to only open the foil packaging when you are ready to use it. Also, be aware that the Saphris tablet is very fragile. Therefore, do not push the tablet through the foil, instead break of a single dose from the blister pack at the perforated marks, then peel the soft foil starting at the colored mark (pictures and information are available here); if this is too difficult, as some patients claim, then gently puncture and score the edge of the soft foil on the back of a single dose using a pen or similar device, and lift the foil off revealing the tablet. You should minimize touching the tablet with your hands and fingers and place the tablet under the tongue immediately after opening the package.
A missed dose should be taken as soon as possible unless it is almost time for the next dose, then only one dose should be given. Doubling the dose is never recommended. There should be approximately 12 hours between doses.
Why is Saphris referred to as an "atypical" antipsychotic?
Atypical is another term for second generation antipsychotic medications, which are suppose to have less extrapyramidal side effects. Extrapyramidal side effects are the movement related side effects such as tremors and twitches.
Does Saphris have any side effects?
Most common side effects reported include drowsiness and sleepiness. Other less reported side effects include increased appetite, weight gain, headache. Unfortunately, even though Saphris has less extrapyramidal side effects than other antipsychotics, it still can produce then. Extrapyramidal side effects included akathisia, the feeling of restlessness and unstill feeling causing people to move or pace, Hypoesthesia, or taste disturbances, and dystonia, or muscle rigidity (which usually more likely in the first five days of treatment). A very serious side effect that can occur with some antipsychotics is neuromalignant syndrome or (NMS). NMS presents as increased body temperature, muscle rigidness, delirium, and autonomic instability. If NMS is suspected, immediately discontinue Saphris and go to a hospital. Other risk information is available here.
What foods can I eat and what foods should I avoid when taking Saphris
There are no food restrictions or requirements to be aware of. However, leave the tablet under the tongue and do not eat or drink anything for at least 10 min afterwards to allow for maximum absorption sublingually.
Can I drink alcohol while using Saphris?
Since both Saphris and alcohol have sedating it is not recommended to during while using Saphris as you can become over sedated.
Does Saphris interact with other medications?
When using saphris with any other psychiatric medication should always be assessed especially ones that cause drowsiness. A direct interaction can possibly occur with Saphris and fluvoxamine, where by a dose adjustment to Saphris may be needed.
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With escalating costs of drugs and prescriptions, such as brand name Saphris, in United States, many patients resort to finding ways to save. When patients can not find any discount cards, patient assist programs, or alternatives to Saphris; or if their copay is simply higher than buying it from another country, they often use an online Canadian pharmacy.
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