Compare Saphris vs. Zyprexa

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Saphris
(asenapine)

Zyprexa
(olanzapine)

Treats bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. While Saphris (asenapine) has fewer side effects compared with other medicines that treat bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, it can be more expensive.Helps control your thoughts and mood. Zyprexa (olanzapine) is good for treating psychosis, mania, and agitation, but it's more likely to cause weight gain and sleepiness than other antipsychotics.
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Side effects
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  • Trouble sleeping 2%
  • Sleepiness 6%
  • Difficulty controlling movements 3%
  • Restlessness 3%
  • Numbness in the mouth 4%
  • Dizziness 1%
  • Weight gain 2%
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  • Dizziness 7%
  • Constipation 6%
  • Personality disorder 4%
  • Weight gain 5%
  • Feeling dizzy/faint when standing up 3%
  • Akathisia (can't sit still) 4%
  • Drowsiness 22%
  • Dry mouth 15%
  • Weakness 9%
  • Stomach problems 6%
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How it works
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While it's not clear how Saphris (asenapine) helps to treat bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, it changes the amount of dopamine and serotonin in the brain, two chemicals that are known to regulate mood.Zyprexa (olanzapine) is an atypical antipsychotic. Researchers don't know exactly how it works. It seems to change chemical activity (like dopamine and serotonin) in your brain, which affects thoughts and mood.
Type of medication
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Prescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
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  • Dissolving pill
  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
  • Injection
Used for
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Risk factors for serious side effects
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  • People age 65 or older with dementia and psychosis
  • Taking antipsychotic medications
  • High blood pressure
  • History of heart disease
Detailed Saphris (asenapine) risks & warnings »
  • Elderly patients with dementia
  • History of heart problems
  • Drug interactions
  • People with diabetes
  • People with high cholesterol
Detailed Zyprexa (olanzapine) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Sleep
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No sleep related info.
  • Can cause dizziness and drowsiness.
  • Might make you more sleepy than some antipsychotics.
Weight
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  • People on medicines like Saphris (asenapine) have had weight gain and higher blood sugar to the point of having diabetes. Your doctor will work with you to stop that from happening.
  • Zyprexa (olanzapine) is more likely to raise your blood sugar and cholesterol compared to other antipsychotic medications. Zyprexa (olanzapine) can also cause you to gain weight. Exercise and eat healthy food to lower your risk.
  • May cause weight gain and increased cholesterol or blood sugar.
  • More likely to cause weight gain and increase cholesterol or blood sugar compared to other antipsychotics.
Upsides and benefits
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  • Saphris (asenapine) can be used to treat bipolar disorder in children age 10 or older, and schizophrenia in children age 12 or older.
  • You don't need water to take Saphris (asenapine); the pill dissolves in your mouth right away.
  • Compared to other medicines, the side effects of Saphris (asenapine) are milder.
  • Effective at relieving psychotic symptoms, manic episodes, and agitation in people with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
  • Less likely to cause heart problems than other antipsychotics.
  • Less likely to cause movement problems compared to older antipsychotics.
Downsides and risks
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  • Saphris (asenapine) is only available as a brand name.
  • Compared to other medicines, Saphris (asenapine) can cause changes in your hormones and make you sleepy.
  • You have to take Saphris (asenapine) twice a day, which can be hard to remember.
  • More likely to cause weight gain and increase cholesterol or blood sugar compared to other antipsychotics.
  • Might make you more sleepy than some antipsychotics.
  • Mild risk of Extrapyramidal Symptoms (EPS): Movement disorders that include stiffness, tremor, restlessness, and slow, repetitive movements you can't control.
  • You may need routine blood tests to check how the medicine is affecting your body..
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
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  • To take Saphris (asenapine), place the pill under your tongue and let it dissolve completely. Don't chew or swallow the pill, and don't eat or drink for 10 minutes after you take it.
  • You might feel numbness or tingling in your mouth or throat after you take Saphris (asenapine). This usually goes away after an hour.
  • Don't drive or do anything requiring concentration until you know how Saphris (asenapine) affects you.
  • Don't stop taking Saphris (asenapine) suddenly without talking to your doctor first because it can be very dangerous.
  • If you miss a dose of Saphris (asenapine), take it as soon as you remember, unless it’s time for your next dose; don't take 2 doses at the same time.
  • Keep Saphris (asenapine) in your pantry away from heat, moisture, and light. Don't store it in your bathroom's medicine cabinet.
  • Takes at least 4 to 6 weeks to see full effects on thoughts and mood.
  • Can cause dizziness and drowsiness.
  • For the first week, avoid activities that require you to be alert.
  • May cause weight gain and increased cholesterol or blood sugar.
  • Report any unusual thoughts, inability to control muscle movements, or fever and excess sweating to your doctor.
  • Elderly people with dementia shouldn't take Zyprexa (olanzapine).
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