Saphris Medication Information
Saphris® (asenapine) is a medication commonly used in the treatment of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. As an atypical antipsychotic, it works by affecting the levels of certain chemicals in the brain, which helps relieve symptoms associated with these conditions. The medication comes in the form of a quickly dissolving tablet that is placed under the tongue.
Side effects are possible with Saphris. Common ones include dizziness, drowsiness, and weight gain. Because some people are more likely to experience side effects than others (and because they could be dangerous), your healthcare provider needs information on all other medications you are taking, including nonprescription drugs, vitamins, and supplements.
(Click Saphris to read the complete eMedTV article, which provides detailed information on this medication, describing additional side effects, what to tell your healthcare provider before beginning treatment, typical dosages, and more.)