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Healthcare providers often prescribe asenapine for the treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The medication, which is an atypical antipsychotic, is believed to work by affecting certain chemicals in the brain. It comes in the form of a rapidly dissolving tablet that is placed under the tongue. Possible side effects include weight gain, drowsiness, and dizziness.
What Is Asenapine?Asenapine (Saphris®) is a prescription medication approved for the treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. It comes as a sublingual tablet, which is a tablet that rapidly dissolves under the tongue.
(Click What Is Asenapine Used For? for more information on indications for this drug, including possible off-label uses.)
Does This Medication Have Side Effects?
Just like any medicine, asenapine can cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well.
If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can be treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious reactions are less common.
Some of the most common side effects seen with asenapine include, but are not limited to:
- Extrapyramidal symptoms (such as unusual body movements)
- Weight gain (see Saphris and Weight Gain).
(Click Side Effects of Asenapine to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)