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Fanapt is a medicine used to treat schizophrenia (a brain disorder that distorts the way a person thinks, acts, expresses emotions, perceives reality, and relates to others).
How does this medication work?
Although it is unclear exactly how Fanapt works, it seems to help balance the chemicals in the brain, thereby helping to improve your symptoms.
What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?
What: Fanapt has been shown to relieve symptoms of schizophrenia, as measured by symptom rating scales that are commonly used by healthcare providers to evaluate the effectiveness of the medicine in people with this type of condition.
When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions. It is important that you take Fanapt exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.
How do I know it is working?
Your healthcare provider may ask you questions from time to time to assess how well your symptoms are controlled.
The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.
Elderly people with psychosis related to dementia (having lost touch with reality due to memory loss and experiencing a decline in day-to-day functioning) who are treated with antipsychotic medications are at an increased risk of death. Fanapt is not approved for the treatment of people with dementia-related psychosis.
More common side effects may include: dizziness, dry mouth, tiredness, stuffy nose, feeling faint or lightheaded when standing quickly, sleepiness, racing heartbeat, weight gain.
Less common side effects of Fanapt may include:
An increased risk of stroke has been reported in clinical studies of elderly people with dementia-related psychosis.
Changes in the electrical activity of your heart, with symptoms such as chest pain, fast or slow heartbeat, shortness of breath, and dizziness or fainting.
Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS) (a life-threatening brain disorder) with symptoms such as high fever, excessive sweating, muscle rigidity, confusion, changes in your breathing, fast or irregular heartbeat, or changes in your blood pressure.
Tardive dyskinesia, defined as abnormal muscle movements, including tremor, shuffling, and uncontrolled, involuntary movements.
High blood sugar with symptoms such as excessive thirst, an increase in urination, increased appetite, weakness, confusion, fruity smelling breath, or feeling sick to your stomach.
Increased cholesterol (fats in your blood) and triglycerides (a type of blood fat), and weight gain.
Sudden fall in blood pressure with symptoms such as dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting when rising too quickly from a sitting or lying position.
Low white blood cell counts with symptoms of an infection (such as fever, sore throat, rash, or chills).
Increased prolactin (a hormone that can affect lactation, menstruation, and fertility) levels, with side effects including missed menstrual periods, leakage of milk from the breasts, development of breasts in men, or problems with erection.
Do not take Fanapt if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.
Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Fanapt. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially for any of the following: diabetes; high cholesterol levels; high or low blood pressure; low white blood cell counts; seizures; high prolactin levels; heart or liver problems; thoughts of suicide; Alzheimer's disease; Parkinson's disease; or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.
Adults: The recommended starting dose is 1 milligram twice a day. Your healthcare provider may increase your dose as needed, until the desired effect is achieved.
If you have liver problems or are taking certain other medications, your healthcare provider may adjust your dose appropriately.
Take Fanapt exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose or stop taking Fanapt without first talking to your healthcare provider.
Fanapt can be taken with or without food.
Do not drink alcohol while you are taking Fanapt.
Do not drive, operate machinery, or engage in other dangerous activities until you know how Fanapt affects you.
Do not get overheated or dehydrated while you are taking Fanapt. Fanapt may affect your body's ability to reduce your body temperature.
If Fanapt is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. Fanapt may interact with numerous medications. Therefore, it is very important that you tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking.
Fanapt may harm your newborn baby if you take it during the last few months of your pregnancy. The effects of Fanapt during breastfeeding are unknown. Do not breastfeed while you are taking Fanapt. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
If you miss a dose of Fanapt, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.
Store at room temperature. Protect from light and moisture.
In the event of a medical emergency call your doctor or 9-1-1 immediately. In the event of overdose, call your doctor or poison control for further instructions.
National Poison Control#: Call 1-800-222-1222
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