Fanapt

(Iloperidone)

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Controls schizophrenia.

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Fanapt (Iloperidone) is helpful for treating schizophrenia, but it can be expensive because it's only available as brand name.

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Quick facts about Fanapt
  • Drug class: Mental health
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Upsides

  • Part of the first choice medications to treat schizophrenia.
  • There are patient assistance programs that can lower the copay.
  • Comes in many different strengths to make it easier to customize your dose.
  • Less likely to cause sexual problems than other similar medicines.
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Downsides

  • Fanapt (Iloperidone) can be expensive because it is only available as brand name.
  • You will need to follow a strict schedule the first two weeks as body adjusts to Fanapt (Iloperidone). You might have to see your doctor several times until you find a dose that works best for you.
  • You're more likely to have changes in blood pressure with Fanapt (Iloperidone), which can make you feel faint or dizzy.
  • If you stop taking Fanapt (Iloperidone) for 3 days and want to restart it, you'll have to start taking it from the beginning dose.
  • You have to take Fanapt (Iloperidone) twice a day, which can be hard to remember.
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How it works

Fanapt (Iloperidone) is an atypical antipsychotic. It stabilizes dopamine and serotonin levels in the brain. In schizophrenia, it's believed that the brain becomes too sensitive to changes in levels of certain chemicals, like dopamine.

Quick facts about Fanapt
  • Drug class: Mental health
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

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What to expect when you take Fanapt (Iloperidone) for Schizophrenia

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  • Possible side effects
  • Dizziness
  • Uncontrolled movements
  • Agitation
  • Weight gain
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Side effect rates for Fanapt (Iloperidone)

From 1070 clinical trials of Fanapt when taken for schizophrenia (10-16mg/day)
  • Dizziness
    10%10%
    7%7%
  • Sleepiness
    9%9%
    5%5%
  • Dry mouth
    8%8%
    1%1%
  • Nausea
    7%7%
    8%8%
  • Diarrhea
    5%5%
    4%4%
  • Difficulty controlling movements
    5%5%
    4%4%
  • Agitation
    5%5%
    4%4%
  • Nasal congestion
    5%5%
    2%2%
  • Fatigue
    4%4%
    3%3%
  • Sore throat
    4%4%
    3%3%
  • Joint pain
    3%3%
    2%2%
  • Faster heart rate
    3%3%
    1%1%
  • Blurred vision
    3%3%
    2%2%
  • Tremor
    3%3%
    2%2%
  • Sluggishness
    3%3%
    1%1%
  • Rash
    3%3%
    2%2%
  • Sudden changes in blood pressure
    3%3%
    1%1%
  • Colds or flu
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Ejaculation disorder
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Difficulty breathing
    2%2%
    1%1%
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Where we got our data »

The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Fanapt.

Fanapt (Iloperidone)
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People taking Fanapt felt side effect more

People taking Fanapt felt side effect less

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Risks and Warnings for Fanapt (Iloperidone)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • People over 65 with dementia and psychosis

    Older people who have dementia and psychosis have a higher risk of death if they take antipsychotic medicines like Fanapt (Iloperidone). They shouldn't be given this medicine.

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Common concerns from people taking Fanapt (Iloperidone)

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  • People on antipsychotic medicines like Fanapt (Iloperidone) might have problems regulating their blood sugar, cholesterol, and weight. Talk to your doctor if you have diabetes or high cholesterol, since they might have to adjust your medicines to make sure you stay healthy.