Active Ingredient: Paliperidone is the main active component of this medicine. This drug is a second-generation called atypical antipsychotics. It is used in the treatment of schizophrenia. This active ingredient is the primary active metabolite of the older antipsychotic risperidone. It acts via similar if not the same pathways. It is an active agent as an antagonist at alpha 1 and alpha 2 adrenergic receptors and H1 histaminergic receptors that may explain some of the other effects of the drug.
Indications: This medicine is indicated to treat certain mental/mood disorders like schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder. It can decrease hallucinations and helps to think more clearly and positively, feel less agitated, and take a more active part in everyday life.
Invega belongs to a class of drugs called atypical antipsychotics that acts by restoring the balance of certain natural substances in the brain.
Action Mechanism: This mentioned medication works by restoring the balance of certain neurotransmitters in the brain. Invega impacts dopamine and serotonin present in the brain. This drug works similarly with fewer extrapyramidal side effects like tremors or stiffness.
The chemical serotonin is thought to regulate anxiety and mood, among several other functions. And dopamine is central to this central nervous system functions as movement, pleasure, attention, mood, and motivation.
Dosages: This drug is available in dosages as mentioned below:
- 3 mg: It is an extended-release tablet advised to be taken once a day with or without food as directed by the doctor
- 6 mg: This extended-release tablet is to be administered once a day as prescribed by the doctor
Note: This drug is not recommended in people with psychotic conditions related to dementia. It may cause heart failure, sudden death, or pneumonia in older adults with dementia-related conditions.
What is Invega?
Invega (paliperidone) is an antipsychotic medicine. It works by changing the effects of chemicals in the brain.
What is Invega used for?
Invega is used to treat schizophrenia in adults and teenagers who are at least 12 years old.
Are there any adverse effects while consuming Invega?
High doses or long-term use of paliperidone can cause a serious movement disorder that may not be reversible. The longer you use Invega, the more likely you are to develop this disorder, especially if you are a woman or an older adult.
How should Invega be consumed?
You may take Invega with or without food. Swallow the tablet whole and do not crush, chew, or break it.
What happens in case of overdose?
Overdose symptoms may include severe drowsiness, fast heartbeats, and fainting.
What should be avoided while taking Invega?
While taking Invega, one might be sensitive to heat. Avoid getting too hot, or becoming overheated or dehydrated. Drink plenty of fluids, especially in hot weather and while performing exercise. It is easier to become dangerously overheated and dehydrated while taking Invega.