A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
Known as Sycrest in the UK
Saphris is an atypical antipsychotic medication used to treat schizophrenia in adults and bipolar I disorder in adults and pediatric patients ages 10-17 years.
The generic name for Saphris is Asenapine.
Once you are prescribed and buy Saphris medication (asenapine) or Saphris generic, it is a sublingual tablet that should be placed under the tongue to dissolve. You should not eat or drink for 10 minutes after taking the medication.
Saphris (asenapine) sublingual tablets come in 2.5 mg, 5 mg, and 10 mg strengths.
The dosage for schizophrenia ranges from 5 mg sublingually twice a day to 10 mg sublingually twice a day.
The dosage for bipolar I disorder in adults ranges from 5 mg sublingually twice a day to 10 mg sublingually twice a day.
The dosage for bipolar I disorder in pediatric patients who are 10 to 17 years old ranges from 2.5 mg sublingually twice a day to 10 mg sublingually twice a day.
The active ingredient in Saphris is asenapine, an Atypical antipsychotic.
Do not take Saphris if you have severe liver problems.
Tell your doctor about any allergies you may have. Do not take Saphris if you are allergic to asenapine or any of the other ingredients in Saphris.
WARNING: INCREASED MORTALITY IN ELDERLY PATIENTS WITH DEMENTIA-RELATED PSYCHOSIS
See full prescribing information for complete boxed warnings.
Elderly patients with dementia-related psychosis treated with antipsychotic drugs are at an increased risk of death. SAPHRIS is not approved for the treatment of patients with dementia-related psychosis.
Saphris (asenapine) may interact with certain medications. Be sure to tell your doctor about any medications you take, including prescription, over-the-counter, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Saphris (asenapine) may not be right for everyone. Tell your doctor if you:
Like any medication, Saphris can cause side effects. Tell your doctor if you experience any adverse effects while taking Saphris (asenapine). Saphris (asenapine) side effects that are common include:
If you have a prescription, you can buy Saphris (asenapine) medication online from a trusted retailer like Canada Pharmacy.
SAPHRIS Prescribing Information. Madison, NJ: Allergan USA, 2021.
Tardive Dyskinesia. National Alliance of Mental Illness. Last updated January 2016.
Accessed November 1, 2021.