Problems With Invega

Healthcare providers often prescribe the antipsychotic medication Invega® (paliperidone) for the treatment of schizophrenia in adults and adolescents, and schizoaffective disorder in adults. Although most people tolerate this medication well, as with any drug, side effects are possible with Invega. Problems that have been reported with this medication include (but are not limited to):
  • Drowsiness -- in up to 26 percent of people
  • Extrapyramidal symptoms -- up to 23 percent
  • Headaches -- up to 15 percent
  • A rapid heart rate (tachycardia) -- up to 14 percent
  • Weight gain -- up to 13 percent (see Invega and Weight Gain)
  • Skin reactions at the injection site (for the injectable form) -- up to 10 percent
  • Anxiety -- up to 9 percent.
In most cases, side effects of Invega are mild and either do not require medical attention or can be treated easily. However, certain Invega problems are potentially serious and should be reported to your healthcare provider right away. It is important that you seek medical attention immediately if you experience very severe constipation, unexplained breast discharge, a high fever, or rapid weight gain.
(Click Invega Side Effects for a more complete list of common problems that have been reported with Invega and to find out what other side effects are potentially serious and may require medical attention.)
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