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Before starting treatment, it's a good idea to go over basic information on the prescription medication Invega® (paliperidone). Studies show that this drug can help prevent hospitalization due to schizophrenia and can help keep symptoms from returning. However, although Invega is very useful for controlling the symptoms of schizophrenia, it is not a cure for the mental illness.
Invega belongs to a group of medications called atypical (or second-generation) antipsychotic medications. It is not entirely known how it works for the treatment of schizophrenia. However, it is known that the drug 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.
This medicine comes in tablet form and is available in four different strengths. Your healthcare provider will recommend an appropriate dosage for your situation based on other medical conditions you may have and other medications you may currently be taking. Invega tablets are typically taken by mouth once a day in the morning.
(Click Invega for more information, including details on the medicine's effectiveness, potential side effects, and warnings.)