Benefits of Invega
Invega® (paliperidone) is a medication that is available by prescription to treat schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder. It is a type of atypical antipsychotic that blocks or lessens the effects of several chemicals in the brain; these brain chemicals (such as dopamine and serotonin) may be elevated in people with schizophrenia.
Invega has many benefits. In clinical studies, people taking this medicine experienced improvements in their schizophrenia symptoms (including hallucinations and suspiciousness), compared to those not taking it. Longer studies also showed that Invega can help prevent hospitalization due to schizophrenia and can help prevent symptoms from returning.
Invega comes in tablet form. These tablets are specially designed to slowly release the medication over time (which is why you should swallow them whole). This product is typically only taken once a day, in the morning. A long-acting injectable form (Invega Sustenna™) is also available.
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