Invega (Paliperidone)

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Invega (Paliperidone) Medication Information

Uses

Invega is an atypical antipsychotic that is used to treat schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder. 

Dosage

The tablet is available in several different strengths:

  • 1.5 mg
  • 3 mg
  • 6 mg
  • 9 mg

Side Effects

The most common side effects of Invega include:

  • Extrapyramidal symptoms
  • Tachycardia
  • Akathisia 
  • Somnolence
  • Constipation
  • Weight gain
  • Dyspepsia 

Speak with your doctor for a full list of side effects that apply to you if you are taking Paliperidone.

Precautions

There is risk of movement disorders, like tardive dyskinesia with Invega, if this occurs you should stop treatment.

There is a risk of QTc prolongation and orthostatic hypotension when taking Invega, so heart function should be monitored. 

There is a risk of low blood counts when taking Paliperidone, your blood should be monitored while taking this medication. 

Interactions

The most common drug interactions with Invega include:

  • Alcohol 
  • Carbamazepine 
  • Divalproex 

Speak with your doctor for more information and before starting a new medication with Paliperidone. 

Storage

Store at room temperature (77 ºF). Protect from moisture.

Pharmacist Tips

  • Invega can cause a decrease in blood pressure with positional changes, so be careful when first taking this medicine.
  • Invega like other antipsychotics can cause movement disorders, if these occur let your doctor know. 
  • Paliperidone should be taken in the morning with or without food. 

Paliperidone FAQs

How long does it take for Invega to work?

It can take a few weeks, to see any effect with Invega, and up to several months to see the full benefit.

 

How does Invega make you feel?

Common side effects with Paliperidone include somnolence, weight gain, and abnormal movements.

 

Does Invega cause memory loss?

Invega can cause memory loss. 

 

Does Invega treat bipolar disorder?

Paliperidone does not have an FDA indication to treat bipolar disorder.

 

Is Invega a mood stabilizer?

Yes, Invega is common referred to as a mood stabilizer.

Related Drugs

Reference:

Invega {package insert}. Titusville, NJ: Janssen; 2010.

https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2010/021999s018lbl.pdf

PharmD Medical Writer

Author: Dr. Larisa Roybal, PharmD

Dr. Roybal is a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist who has practiced in both ambulatory and acute care settings. Her pharmacy interests include oncology and general inpatient pharmacy.

The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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