Saphris Warnings and Precautions
People who have diabetes may need to monitor their blood sugar more often while taking Saphris. Warnings and precautions also extend to women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as people with dementia, irregular heart rhythms, and certain gastrointestinal conditions. In some cases, this drug may not be prescribed or a person's condition may be monitored more carefully.
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?Before beginning treatment with Saphris® (asenapine), talk with your healthcare provider if you have:
- Low blood pressure (orthostatic hypotension)
- An irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia)
- An electrolyte imbalance
- A slow heart rate (bradycardia)
- A narrowing of the gastrointestinal tract, such as a stricture
- Kidney disease, including kidney failure (renal failure)
- Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia
- Heart disease, congestive heart failure (CHF), or other heart problems
- Any allergies, including to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
You should also tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you take, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.