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A 42-year-old male asked:

On saphris (asenapine) 5mg/night 2wks now, on elavil 100mg/d 1y. saphris (asenapine) maybe to help w/sleep and anxiety. carb craving intense after saphris (asenapine). how to stop?

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Dr. Rishi Kakar
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Variety of causes : Antipsychotic compounds such as saphris (asenapine) are linked with weight gain and the causes can be multifactorial ranging from modification of stress response system to Insulin resistance. The best strategy would be to use minimally effective dose of medication and combine it with a regimented exercise (cardio) program. If this fails, switching to another agent may be useful.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali commented
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Great idea, but please do discuss with your doctor first.
Aug 9, 2013
Last updated Jun 25, 2014

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