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It is generally not recommended that you combine alcohol and Invega. Drinking alcohol while taking a schizophrenia medication like Invega can increase the risk and severity of side effects. It is also usually recommended that people with a mental illness (like schizophrenia) avoid alcohol consumption.
According to the Invega® (paliperidone) prescription information, drinking alcohol while on Invega is not recommended. Combining alcohol and Invega can increase the chances and severity of several Invega side effects. Additionally, for many people with mental illness, it is usually recommended that alcohol be avoided.
Drinking alcohol may increase your risk of certain Invega side effects, such as drowsiness or low blood pressure (when sitting or standing up). You may also be more sensitive to the effects of alcohol if you are taking Invega. You may not be able to safely drink as much alcohol as you were used to drinking in the past.
Invega is approved to treat schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder. Generally, it is best for people with these mental illnesses to avoid drinking alcohol. Alcohol may worsen mental illness and is often a form of "self-medication."
Although it is not recommended that you drink alcohol while taking Invega, you should not be afraid to discuss your alcohol consumption with your healthcare provider. Together, you and your healthcare provider can make a shared decision about Invega and alcohol for your particular situation. If you do drink, your healthcare provider can also suggest ways to help you stop drinking.