Invega

(paliperidone)

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Helps control your thoughts and mood.

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Invega (paliperidone) relieves psychotic symptoms and improves mood.

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Quick facts about Invega
  • Drug class: Mental health
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (paliperidone)

Upsides

  • 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.
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People’s experience with Invega

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Downsides

  • 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.
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How it works

Invega (paliperidone) is an atypical antipsychotic. Researchers don't know exactly how it works but it may lower the amount of dopamine and serotonin in your brain, which can affect your thoughts and mood.

Quick facts about Invega
  • Drug class: Mental health
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (paliperidone)

Dosage forms

  • Pill
  • Injection
People’s experience with Invega

34reviews so far. What do you think?

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What to expect when you take Invega (paliperidone) for Schizophrenia

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  • Possible side effects
  • Difficulty controlling movements
  • Drowsiness
  • Headache
  • Fast heartbeat
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Side effect rates for Invega (paliperidone)

From 416 clinical trials of Invega when taken for schizoaffective disorder (3-12mg once-daily)
  • Difficulty controlling movements
    12%12%
    8%8%
  • Drowsiness
    8%8%
    5%5%
  • Indigestion
    6%6%
    2%2%
  • Inability to be still
    6%6%
    4%4%
  • Nausea
    5%5%
    6%6%
  • Constipation
    4%4%
    2%2%
  • Weight gain
    4%4%
    1%1%
  • Abdominal discomfort
    3%3%
    1%1%
  • Common cold
    3%3%
    1%1%
  • Back pain
    3%3%
    1%1%
  • Fast heartbeat
    2%2%
    2%2%
  • Stomach upset
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Upper respiratory tract infection
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Decreased appetite
    2%2%
  • Increased appetite
    2%2%
  • Changes in speech
    2%2%
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The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Invega.

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Risks and Warnings for Invega (paliperidone)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Elderly patients with dementia

    Older patients with dementia-related psychosis have a higher risk of death when treated with antipsychotic medications. Invega (paliperidone) is not approved to treat dementia-related psychosis.

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Pharmacist Q&A

Invega (paliperidone) questions for

Frequently Asked Questions

This medication treats schizoaffective disorder.

Who is this drug for?

This medication treats schizoaffective disorder.

Common concerns from people taking Invega (paliperidone)

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Kidneys and liver
  • If you have heart or kidney problems, this may be a better option than other antipsychotic medicines.
Sleep
  • Dizziness and drowsiness are common with first-time use.
  • Worth it
    Some hassle
    Reviewed paliperidoneon 10/16/2017Try taking it at night first. Can sometimes cause drowsiness. A little goes a long way! Does help (mostly) with hallucinations.
    20
    Woman
    A year or so
    Schizoaffective disorder
  • Worth it
    Low hassle
    Reviewed Invegaon 6/23/2017As with any medication treating mental illnesses, please be patience when trying new medication. It may take about a month to notice reduced drowsiness and other side effects. The body and mind adjusts quite well to new medication within 3 or 4 weeks.
    30
    Man
    Two years or more
    Schizoaffective disorder
Weight
  • Invega (paliperidone) can increase your blood sugar and cholesterol or make you gain weight. If you're taking medicines to control your blood sugar or cholesterol, let your doctor know, since they might have to change those doses. Talk to your doctor to see what else you can do to stop that from happening.
  • Side-effects of weight gain and hormonal imbalance may be intolerable for younger patients.