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Saphris Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose
In this Article
- What is asenapine (Saphris)?
- What are the possible side effects of asenapine (Saphris)?
- What is the most important information I should know about asenapine (Saphris)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking asenapine (Saphris)?
- How should I take asenapine (Saphris)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Saphris)?
- What happens if I overdose (Saphris)?
- What should I avoid while taking asenapine (Saphris)?
- What other drugs will affect asenapine (Saphris)?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose (Saphris)?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose (Saphris)?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
Overdose symptoms may include agitation, confusion, and restless muscle movements in your eyes, tongue, jaw, or neck.
What should I avoid while taking asenapine (Saphris)?
While you are taking asenapine, you may be more sensitive to temperature extremes such as very hot or cold conditions. Avoid getting too cold, or becoming overheated or dehydrated. Drink plenty of fluids, especially in hot weather and during exercise. It is easier to become dangerously overheated and dehydrated while you are taking asenapine.
This medication may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert.
Avoid getting up too fast from a sitting or lying position, or you may feel dizzy. Get up slowly and steady yourself to prevent a fall.
Drinking alcohol can increase some of the side effects of asenapine.
What other drugs will affect asenapine (Saphris)?
Before using asenapine, tell your doctor if you regularly use other medicines that make you sleepy (such as cold or allergy medicine, narcotic pain medicine, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, and medicine for seizures, depression, or anxiety). They can add to sleepiness caused by asenapine.
Many drugs can interact with asenapine. Below is just a partial list. Tell your doctor if you are using:
- any blood pressure medication;
- arsenic trioxide (Trisenox);
- bupropion (Wellbutrin, Zyban);
- droperidol (Inapsine);
- tramadol (Ultram, Ultracet);
- an antibiotic such as clarithromycin (Biaxin), erythromycin (E.E.S., EryPed, Ery-Tab, Erythrocin, Pediazole), levofloxacin (Levaquin), moxifloxacin (Avelox), or pentamidine (NebuPent, Pentam);
- an antidepressant such as amitriptylline (Elavil, Vanatrip, Limbitrol), clomipramine (Anafranil), or desipramine (Norpramin);
- anti-malaria medications such as chloroquine (Arelan), or mefloquine (Lariam);
- heart rhythm medicine such as amiodarone (Cordarone, Pacerone), disopyramide (Norpace), dronedarone (Multaq), dofetilide (Tikosyn), flecaininde (Tambocor), ibutilide (Corvert), mexiletine (Mexitil), procainamide (Pronestyl), propafenone, (Rythmol), quinidine (Quin-G), or sotalol (Betapace);
- medicine to prevent or treat nausea and vomiting, such as dolasetron (Anzemet) or ondansetron (Zofran);
- other medicines to treat psychiatric disorders, such as chlorpromazine (Thorazine), clozapine (FazaClo, Clozaril), haloperidol (Haldol), pimozide (Orap), thioridazine (Mellaril), or ziprasidone (Geodon);
- migraine headache medicine such as sumatriptan (Imitrex, Treximet) or zolmitriptan (Zomig); or
- narcotic medication such as methadone (Methadose, Diskets, Dolophine).
This list is not complete and there are many other drugs that can interact with asenapine. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor. Keep a list of all your medicines and show it to any healthcare provider who treats you.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about asenapine.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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