Compare Invega vs. Saphris

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Invega
(paliperidone)

Saphris
(asenapine)

Helps control your thoughts and mood. Invega (Paliperidone) is good for treating psychosis and improving mood. It's more likely to cause hormone problems than other antipsychotics.Treats bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. While Saphris (asenapine) has fewer side effects compared with other medicines that treat bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, it can be more expensive.
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Best available price for 30 (10mg) orally disintegrating tabs of saphris
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Reviews for Invega
29%
of people (All ages) say Invega is worth it
32%
say it works well
35%
say it's a big hassle
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Side effects
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  • Abnormally fast heart beat 5%
  • Drowsiness 2%
  • Dizziness 1%
  • Abdominal pain upper 2%
  • Dry mouth 2%
  • Heart block 1%
  • Fatigue 1%
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  • Trouble sleeping 2%
  • Sleepiness 6%
  • Difficulty controlling movements 3%
  • Restlessness 3%
  • Numbness in the mouth 4%
  • Dizziness 1%
  • Weight gain 2%
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How it works
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Invega (Paliperidone) is an atypical antipsychotic. Researchers don't know exactly how it works. It seems to change dopamine and serotonin activity in your brain, which affect your thoughts and mood.While it's not clear how Saphris (asenapine) helps to treat bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, it changes the amount of dopamine and serotonin in the brain, two chemicals that are known to regulate mood.
Type of medication
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Prescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
InvegaSaphris
  • Extended release
  • Injection
  • Dissolving pill
Used for
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Risk factors for serious side effects
InvegaSaphris
  • Elderly patients with dementia
  • History of heart problems
  • Drug interactions
  • People with diabetes
  • People with high cholesterol
Detailed Invega (paliperidone) risks & warnings »
  • People age 65 or older with dementia and psychosis
  • Taking antipsychotic medications
  • High blood pressure
  • History of heart disease
Detailed Saphris (asenapine) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Food
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  • Invega (Paliperidone) can increase your blood sugar and cholesterol. Invega (Paliperidone) is moderately likely to raise your blood sugar and cholesterol compared to other antipsychotic medications. Exercise and eat healthy food to lower your risk.
No food related info.
Sleep
InvegaSaphris
  • Can cause dizziness and drowsiness, or worsen you cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
No sleep related info.
Weight
InvegaSaphris
  • Invega (Paliperidone) can cause you to gain weight. Invega (Paliperidone) is moderately likely to cause weight gain compared to other antipsychotic medications. Exercise and eat healthy food to lower your risk.
  • Sometimes causes weight gain and low blood pressure.
  • People on medicines like Saphris (asenapine) have had weight gain and higher blood sugar to the point of having diabetes. Your doctor will work with you to stop that from happening.
Upsides and benefits
InvegaSaphris
  • Effective at relieving psychotic symptoms and relapse rates for people with schizophrenia.
  • Also relieves psychotic symptoms and improves mood for people with schizoaffective disorder.
  • Works just as well as other antipsychotic medicines.
  • Less likely to cause heart or liver problems than some other antipsychotic medications.
  • Saphris (asenapine) can be used to treat bipolar disorder in children age 10 or older, and schizophrenia in children age 12 or older.
  • You don't need water to take Saphris (asenapine); the pill dissolves in your mouth right away.
  • Compared to other medicines, the side effects of Saphris (asenapine) are milder.
Downsides and risks
InvegaSaphris
  • Invega (Paliperidone) has a high risk of causing hormone problems that cause nipples to leak fluid and male breasts to grow abnormally large.
  • Sometimes causes weight gain and low blood pressure.
  • Mild risk of causing extrapyramidal symptoms (EPS): movement disorders that include stiffness, tremor, restlessness, and slow, repetitive, or involuntary movements.
  • You might need routine blood tests to check how the medicine is affecting your body.
  • Not a good choice for elderly people who have dementia.
  • All antipsychotics have side effects that make them difficult to take. You might need to try a few different medicines until you find one that works best for you.
  • Saphris (asenapine) is only available as a brand name.
  • Compared to other medicines, Saphris (asenapine) can cause changes in your hormones and make you sleepy.
  • You have to take Saphris (asenapine) twice a day, which can be hard to remember.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
InvegaSaphris
  • It'll take 4 to 6 weeks to see the medication's full effects on thoughts and mood.
  • Can cause dizziness and drowsiness, or worsen you cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
  • For the first week, avoid activities like driving that require you to be alert.
  • Don't worry if you see tablet shells in your stool since the medication was already absorbed by your body.
  • Report any unusual thoughts, inability to control muscle movements, or fever and excess sweating to your doctor.
  • Elderly people who have dementia shouldn't take Invega (Paliperidone).
  • To take Saphris (asenapine), place the pill under your tongue and let it dissolve completely. Don't chew or swallow the pill, and don't eat or drink for 10 minutes after you take it.
  • You might feel numbness or tingling in your mouth or throat after you take Saphris (asenapine). This usually goes away after an hour.
  • Don't drive or do anything requiring concentration until you know how Saphris (asenapine) affects you.
  • Don't stop taking Saphris (asenapine) suddenly without talking to your doctor first because it can be very dangerous.
  • If you miss a dose of Saphris (asenapine), take it as soon as you remember, unless it’s time for your next dose; don't take 2 doses at the same time.
  • Keep Saphris (asenapine) in your pantry away from heat, moisture, and light. Don't store it in your bathroom's medicine cabinet.
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