Invega or generic Paliperidone is referred to as an atypical, or second generation antipsychotic medication prescribed for treating the symptoms of schizoaffective disorder in those twelve years of age and older. This is when the individual has symptoms of both schizophrenia and a mood disorder. Atypical antipsychotics tend to cause less motor-control and emotional side effects than the older, first generation meds caused. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
Invega works by restoring the chemical balance in your brain. By inhibiting the absorption of certain brain chemicals (neurotransmitters), your symptoms of feeling out of touch, experiencing hallucinations or delusions, and a general loss of interest in everyday activity. In particular, dopamine and serotonin are the main targets.
These neurotransmitters, or brain chemicals, are responsible, in part, for regulating mood and behavior. Invega’s job is to block dopamine and serotonin from being reabsorbed so they are actively circulating in your brain for longer periods and can improve your thoughts of sadness, hallucinations, and delusions.
There is no cure for schizoaffective disorder, but Invega can change your mind set so you’re able to function as you should and enjoy doing the things you used to do with family and friends and continue with school or work.
Usually the mood disorder, either manic or mixed episodes, or depression, is apparent first. You have feelings of sadness, change in weight or appetite, unable to concentrate or make decisions, thoughts of harming yourself, risky behavior, or more talkative than usual. The risk factors for developing this mental disorder include having a blood relative diagnosed with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or schizoaffective disorder, brain development or delays, exposure to toxins or viral illnesses while in the womb, or possibly complications during your birth.
It is suspected that Invega may cause harm to your unborn or nursing baby so it’s extremely important for you to tell your doctor if you are pregnant, may become pregnant, or are breast-feeding before starting Invega. Discuss your medical history with your doctor and list any current OTC or Rx drugs you are taking, including homeopathic preparations and vitamin or dietary supplements. This will allow your physician to determine of Invega is the right medicine for you.
Invega is not for use in psychotic conditions related to dementia as it may cause heart failure, pneumonia, or sudden death in older adults with dementia-related conditions. Always store your medications out of children’s reach and sight and never share them with anyone else.