When Does Invega Start Working?

Invega® (paliperidone) is a schizophrenia medication that belongs to a class of drugs known as atypical (or second-generation) antipsychotics. It comes in tablet form and is typically taken once a day in the morning. Invega does not start working immediately; the tablets are specially designed to slowly release the medication over time. They should be swallowed whole with water and should not be crushed, chewed, or broken. A long-acting injectable form (Invega Sustenna™) is also available and is given just once a month.
This medicine has been shown to be very effective at reducing the symptoms of schizophrenia. In short clinical studies, people taking the drug experienced improvements in their schizophrenia symptoms (including hallucinations and suspiciousness). Longer studies also showed that Invega can help prevent hospitalization due to schizophrenia and can help symptoms from returning.
(Click Invega Dosage for more information on when the drug starts working, for detailed Invega dosing guidelines, and to find out what factors your healthcare provider may consider when making a dosage recommendation for your situation.)
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