Compare Risperdal vs. Invega

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Risperdal (risperidone)

Prescription only

Invega (paliperidone)

Prescription only
Helps control your thoughts and mood.

Risperdal (risperidone) is an effective medication in treating schizophrenia, mania, and irritability associated with autism; however, amongst other newer medications in its class, it's more likely to cause side effects, such weight gain and hormone problems.

4.5/ 7 average rating with 45 reviewsforRisperdal
Helps control your thoughts and mood.

Invega (paliperidone) relieves psychotic symptoms and improves mood.

4.2/ 7 average rating with 34 reviewsforInvega
Upsides
  • Risperdal (risperidone) is effective at relieving psychotic symptoms, manic episodes, irritability, and aggressive behavior. It also lowers relapse rates in people with schizophrenia and people with irritability associated with autism.
  • Less likely to cause heart problems compared to other antipsychotics.
  • Compared to other antipsychotics, Risperdal (risperidone) causes less sedation and weight gain.
  • A generic version available for pill, dissolving tablet, and liquid formulations.
  • Won't make you as sleepy as other antipsychotic medicines.
  • If you have heart or kidney problems, this may be a better option than other antipsychotic medicines.
  • The pill and injection form allows for flexible dosing schedule.
Downsides
  • Mild to moderate risk of Extrapyramidal Symptoms (EPS) - movement disorders that cause stiffness, tremor, restlessness, and slow, repetitive, or involuntary movements.
  • People taking Risperdal (risperidone) might have weight gain and problems with cholesterol or blood sugar.
  • Compared to other antipsychotics, this medication has a higher risk of hormone problems that can cause nipples to leak and male breasts to grow abnormally large.
  • You might need routine blood tests to check how the medicine is affecting your body.
  • Risperdal (risperidone) takes 4 to 6 weeks for its full effects on thoughts and mood.
  • Side-effects of weight gain and hormonal imbalance may be intolerable for younger patients.
  • Frequent blood tests are sometimes required to check how the medicine is affecting your body.
Used for
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
  • Liquid
  • Injection
  • Pill
  • Injection
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Reviews
45 
42%
think this treatment is worth it
47%
think this treatment works well
49%
think this treatment is a hassle

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34 
29%
think this treatment is worth it
32%
think this treatment works well
35%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
10possible side effects
  • Sedation
    63%
  • Increased appetite
    44%
  • Fatigue
    31%
  • Vomiting
    20%
  • Common cold
    19%
  • Constipation
    17%
  • Cough
    17%
  • Fever
    16%
  • Involuntary urination
    16%
  • Drooling
    12%
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10possible side effects
  • Difficulty controlling movements
    12%
  • Drowsiness
    8%
  • Indigestion
    6%
  • Inability to be still
    6%
  • Nausea
    5%
  • Constipation
    4%
  • Weight gain
    4%
  • Abdominal discomfort
    3%
  • Common cold
    3%
  • Back pain
    3%
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Risks and warnings
  • Increased risk of death

    Elderly patients with dementia

  • Heart problems

    History of heart problems

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Shaking and restlessness

    High doses of Risperdal (risperidone)

  • Higher blood sugar and cholesterol and weight gain

    People with diabetes

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Driving impairment

    Alcohol

    ...and 1 more risk factors

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  • Increased risk of death

    Elderly patients with dementia

  • Heart problems

    History of heart problems

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Higher blood sugar and cholesterol and weight gain

    Diabetes

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Difficulty concentrating

    Alcohol

    ...and 1 more risk factors

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