Trial and error is a challenge everyone with schizophrenia faces while working with his or her doctor to find the right treatment.
Fanapt is a type of prescription medicine used for the treatment of schizophrenia in adults. Fanapt has been shown to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia.
Deciding to look at alternate medications is something your doctor may do. He or she needs to consider that Fanapt may change your heart rhythm (meaning there is more time between heartbeats). When taking other drugs that may cause this same change in heart rhythm, you are at a higher risk of a serious, even life-threatening medical issue (torsade de pointes), which may result in sudden death. In many cases, your doctor may prescribe another medicine to treat schizophrenia before trying Fanapt.Please see additional Important Safety Information below.
Fanapt needs to be taken as directed, starting at a low dose and slowly increasing the strength. This may delay the control of symptoms in the first 1 to 2 weeks of treatment. Treatment with Fanapt for longer than 6 weeks has not been evaluated. Your doctor will evaluate the long-term usefulness of Fanapt for you.
Fanapt is available in a specially designed starter pack. Treatment will begin at a lower dose of medication. You'll get used to Fanapt slowly by increasing the dosage strength over the course of 4 to 7 days, or as directed by your doctor. You must start at a low dose to help avoid light-headedness or faintness caused by a change in heart rate and blood pressure when rising from a sitting or lying position.
Fanapt needs to be taken as directed, starting at a low dose and slowly increasing the dosage strength. This may delay the control of symptoms in the first 1 to 2 weeks of treatment. Treatment with Fanapt for longer than 6 weeks has not been evaluated. Your doctor will evaluate the long-term usefulness of Fanapt for you.
Be sure to start taking Fanapt exactly as your doctor prescribes.
While you're on Fanapt, always check with your doctor before starting any new prescription or over-the-counter medicines you can get without a prescription, including any natural/herbal remedies. Some medicines may be unsafe to use when taking Fanapt. Some medicines can affect how well Fanapt works.
In case of overdose, call your doctor or poison control center immediately or go to the nearest emergency room.
Who should NOT take Fanapt?