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Generic: asenapine
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It is used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
               



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What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
  • certain antibiotics like gatifloxacin or moxifloxacin
  • chlorpromazine
  • medicines for irregular heartbeat like amiodarone, disopyramide, dofetilide, ibutilide, procainamide, quinidine, and sotalol
  • thioridazine
  • ziprasidone

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • alcohol
  • carbamazepine
  • cimetidine
  • fluvoxamine
  • imipramine or other tricyclic antidepressants
  • levodopa and other medications for Parkinson's disease
  • medicines for blood pressure
  • medicines for sleep or anxiety
  • other medicines for schizophrenia
  • paroxetine

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. It may be several weeks before you see the full effects of this medicine. Tell your doctor or healthcare professional if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse. Tell your doctor or healthcare professional if you feel out of control, very discouraged or think you might harm yourself or others.

Do not suddenly stop taking this medicine. You may need to gradually reduce the dose. Ask your doctor or health care professional for advice.

You may get dizzy or drowsy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol can increase dizziness and drowsiness. Avoid alcoholic drinks.

This medicine may affect blood sugar levels. If you have diabetes, check with your doctor or health care professional before you change your diet or the dose of your diabetic medicine.

Your mouth may get dry. Chewing sugarless gum or sucking hard candy, and drinking plenty of water will help.

This medicine can reduce the response of your body to heat or cold. Dress warm in cold weather and stay hydrated in hot weather. If possible, avoid extreme temperatures like saunas, hot tubs, very hot or cold showers, or activities that can cause dehydration such as vigorous exercise.

               
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