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Asenapine transdermal system for schizophrenia

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Bottom Line

The asenapine transdermal drug delivery system appears to be efficacious and reasonably well tolerated. The treatment of schizophrenia is complex and requires individualized choices in order to optimize outcomes. A patch may be the preferred formulation for selected patients, and caregivers will have the ability to visually check if the medication is being used.

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Drug Brand Names

Asenapine sublingual • Saphris
Asenapine transdermal system • Secuado
Lithium • Eskalith, Lithobid
Valproate • Depakote


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