How Does It Work?
belongs to a group of medicines known as atypical antipsychotics
(also known as second-generation antipsychotics
). It is thought to work by blocking the action of dopamine, a neurotransmitter (chemical) in the brain that is believed to be elevated in people with schizophrenia
. Like other atypical antipsychotics, Invega
Sustenna also blocks a type of serotonin (another chemical found in the brain) receptor, which is believed to help control some of the symptoms of schizophrenia
Invega Sustenna is given as an injection into a muscle. After each dose, the medication leaves the body slowly, allowing for once-a-month dosing.
Is It Safe for Children to Use Invega Sustenna?
Invega Sustenna has not been adequately studied in children and is only approved for individuals age 18 and older. Talk with your child's healthcare provider about the particular benefits and risks of using Invega Sustenna in children.
Can Older Adults Use It?
Older adults may be more sensitive to certain Invega Sustenna side effects
, including movement disorders. In addition, older adults are more likely to have reduced kidney function and may need a lower-than-normal dose of this medicine.
Off-Label Invega Sustenna Uses
On occasion, a healthcare provider may recommend this medication for something other than the approved use. This is known as an "off-label
" use. Some possible off-label uses for Invega Sustenna may include the treatment of:
- Schizoaffective disorder
- Schizophrenia in people younger than 18 years old.