Precautions and Warnings With Asenapine
Asenapine can cause a potentially dangerous change in heart rhythm, and people with certain medical conditions may be at greater risk of experiencing this side effect. Warnings and precautions with asenapine also apply to people with diabetes and dementia, as well as women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is why it is important to tell your healthcare provider about all medical conditions you have before beginning treatment.
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?Before beginning treatment with asenapine (Saphris®), 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.