What is Invega?
Paliperidone is the Invega generic name. It is a newer class of antipsychotic medication (also known as an atypical antipsychotic drug). It also has fewer side effects than conventional drugs.
This medicine is indicated for treating mental illnesses such as Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective disorder. It can be a single-agent treatment and an adjuvant therapy to mood stabilizers or antidepressant medications.
Invega medication acts by rebalancing the stability of certain chemical messengers (serotonin and dopamine). It prevents the reabsorption of these chemical transmitters, allowing them to circulate in your brain for extended periods. This medicine can help improve your thinking process, mood, behavior, and delusion.
The dosage of this drug varies among individuals depending on the patient’s health condition and age. This medication is formulated to release its contents gradually over time (extended release). It is available in three strengths: 3 mg, 6 mg, and 9 mg per tablet.
The recommended daily dose for adolescents weighing less than 51 kg is 3 mg to 6 mg with the highest dose of 6 mg. On the other hand, the recommended daily dose for patients weighing more than 51 kg is 3 mg up to 12 mg. The maximum dose is only at 12 mg per day.
Adults with Schizophrenia and those with schizoaffective disorder are given a daily dose of 3 mg up to 12 mg, not to exceed 12 mg.
Directions on how to use Invega
To begin, read all drug directions and information thoroughly. Use the medication exactly as instructed. If you have any questions or are confused about anything, seek medical advice from healthcare professionals.
Take this atypical antipsychotic medication orally as directed. It is usually taken without regard to food or on an empty stomach. Without chewing or crushing the pill, swallow it whole. Doing so may jeopardize the drug’s long-acting effect.
It is not advisable to alter your Invega dosage without consulting your healthcare provider. Dosage and frequency will depend on your health condition and reaction to treatment.
Invega Side Effects
Common side effects of this medication that may pass with time:
- Movement disorder or muscle movements that are not controllable
- Irregular heartbeat
- Weight gain
- Sore throat
If you develop any of the following adverse reactions, contact your doctor right away:
- Difficulty swallowing
- Muscle spasms
- Shaking (tremor)
- Mental/mood changes
- Interrupted breathing during sleep
- Increased thirst/urination
- Severe dizziness
- Changes in blood pressure
- For women: unwanted breast milk, missed/stopped periods, or difficulty becoming pregnant
- For men: decreased sexual drive, cannot produce sperm, or enlarged breasts
Note that this is not a complete list of Invegas’ potential health risks. Other unwanted effects are possible to occur.
Precautions when using Invega
- Ensure that you have fully declared your medical history before starting this therapy to your doctor. If you have liver, kidney, or stomach problems, this drug can worsen your current medical condition.
- Do not take this medication if you are allergic to Paliperidone, Risperidone, or other ingredients. Keep an eye out for any allergic reactions, such as rashes, hives, swelling of the face and lips, throat tightness, or difficulty breathing, when taking this drug. You should seek medical attention as soon as these signs and symptoms occur.
- Invega is not recommended to treat psychosis for individuals suffering from dementia.
- In the same manner, this drug is not for people ages 65 years old and above because of the increased risk of stroke, heart failure, and death.
- Inform your doctor about your medications and vitamins, as they may interact with Invega and cause serious adverse effects.
- Long-term use of Invega is linked to tardive dyskinesia, a disorder in which you are constantly restless. If not addressed right away, this can have long-term implications. Call your doctor immediately if you experience the following symptoms: smacking of the lips, teeth grinding, and unusual eye blinking.
- Keep this item out of children’s reach and store it accordingly.
How much does Invega cost?
Check our Paliperidone prices on top of this product description. We also offer generic for a much cheaper cost.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I drive after taking Invega?
This drug may make you dizzy or sleepy. To avoid accidents, avoid tasks that need alertness, such as driving and operating machinery.
Is it usual for tablet shells and insoluble components to be present in the stool?
Yes, this medication contains a shell that is not absorbable. It can be passed in the stool; you should not be alarmed about this.
Is it okay to drink alcohol while taking Invega?
Because of the primary CNS effects of this medicine, patients should avoid alcohol while taking this medication.
How long does Invega take effect?
It varies from person to person. You may notice an improvement in your mood within one week of beginning this medicine. However, it may take some time for the full therapeutic effect of this medicine to be felt.