Compare Risperdal vs. Invega

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Risperdal
(risperidone)

Invega
(paliperidone)

Helps control your thoughts and mood. Risperdal (Risperidone) is good for treating psychosis, mania, and irritability. Among newer antipsychotic medicines, more likely to cause side effects, especially weight gain and hormone problems.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.
Reviews & ratings
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4.53Risperdal
Reviews for Risperdal
42%
of people (All ages) say Risperdal is worth it
47%
say it works well
49%
say it's a big hassle
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Reviews for Invega
29%
+13% better vs. Risperdal
32%
+15% better vs. Risperdal
35%
-14% worse vs. Risperdal
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Side effects
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  • Parkinsonism 16%
  • Relaxation or sleepiness 7%
  • Restlessness 6%
  • Tremor 3%
  • Dizziness 1%
  • Nausea 3%
  • Muscle twitching 4%
  • Diarrhea 1%
  • Excessive saliva 2%
  • Vision blurred 1%
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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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How it works
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Risperdal (Risperidone) is an atypical antipsychotic. Researchers don't know exactly how it works. It seems to change dopamine and serotonin activity in your brain, which affects thoughts and mood.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.
Type of medication
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Prescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
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  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
  • Liquid
  • Injection
  • Extended release
  • Injection
Used for
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Risk factors for serious side effects
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  • Elderly patients with dementia
  • History of heart problems
  • Drug interactions
  • People with diabetes
  • People with high cholesterol
Detailed Risperdal (risperidone) risks & warnings »
  • Elderly patients with dementia
  • History of heart problems
  • Drug interactions
  • People with diabetes
  • People with high cholesterol
Detailed Invega (paliperidone) 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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  • Risperdal (Risperidone) can increase your blood sugar and cholesterol. Exercise and eat healthy food to lower your risk.
  • 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.
Sleep
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  • Can cause dizziness and drowsiness.
  • Can cause dizziness and drowsiness, or worsen you cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
Weight
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  • Risperdal (Risperidone) can cause you to gain weight. Exercise and eat healthy food to lower your risk.
  • May cause weight gain and worsen cholesterol or blood sugar.
  • Moderate risk of weight gain and problems with cholesterol or blood sugar compared to other antipsychotics.
  • 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.
Upsides and benefits
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  • Effective at relieving psychotic symptoms, manic episodes, irritability, and aggressive behavior.
  • Lowers relapse rates in people with schizophrenia and people with irritability associated with autism.
  • Antipsychotic medicines are all about equally effective.
  • Less likely to cause heart problems than some antipsychotics.
  • 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.
Downsides and risks
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  • Mild to moderate risk of Extrapyramidal Symptoms (EPS): Movement disorders that include stiffness, tremor, restlessness, and slow, repetitive, or involuntary movements.
  • Moderate risk of weight gain and problems with cholesterol or blood sugar compared to other antipsychotics.
  • Compared to other antipsychotics, higher risk of hormone problems that 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.
  • All antipsychotics come with side effects that make them difficult to take. You might need to try a few different medicines until you find one that works for you and that you can tolerate.
  • 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.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
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  • Takes 4 to 6 weeks to see full effects on thoughts and mood.
  • Can cause dizziness and drowsiness.
  • For the first week, avoid activities that require you to be alert.
  • May cause weight gain and worsen cholesterol or blood sugar.
  • Report any unusual thoughts, inability to control muscle movements, or fever and excess sweating to your doctor.
  • Elderly people with dementia shouldn't take it.
  • 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).
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