July 22, 2014
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Invega

(paliperidone)

DIN (Drug Identification Number)

02300273 INVEGA 3 MG TABLET
02300281 INVEGA 6 MG TABLET
02300303 INVEGA 9 MG TABLET

How does Invega work? What will it do for me?

Paliperidone belongs to the class of medications called antipsychotics. It is used to control the symptoms of schizophrenia and related psychotic disorders. Paliperidone works by readjusting the balance of chemicals in the brain that are involved in schizophrenia.

Schizophrenia can cause symptoms such as hallucinations (e.g., hearing, seeing, or sensing things that are not there), delusions, unusual suspiciousness, and emotional withdrawal. People with this condition may also feel depressed, anxious, or tense.

This medication may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.

Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

How should I use Invega?

The recommended starting adult dose is 6 mg taken once daily, preferably in the morning with or without food. For some people, a lower dose of 3 mg may be enough. The dose may be adjusted by 3 mg every 5 days as recommended by your doctor, according to response and severity of side effects. The maximum daily dose is 12 mg. Lower maximum daily doses are recommended for people with decreased kidney function.

The tablets must be swallowed whole with water or other liquids and must not be chewed, divided, or crushed. The tablet shell is not absorbed and you may notice it in your stool (this is normal).

Many things can affect the dose of a medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.

It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed dose. If you miss 2 or more doses, contact your doctor. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.

Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.





What form(s) does Invega come in?

3 mg
Each white, extended-release, capsule-shaped tablet, printed with "PAL 3", contains paliperidone 3 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: butylated hydroxytoluene, carnauba wax, cellulose acetate, ferric oxide red, ferric oxide yellow, hydroxyethyl cellulose, hypromellose, iron oxide black, lactose monohydrate, polyethylene oxides, polyethylene glycol, propylene glycol, povidone, sodium chloride, stearic acid, titanium dioxide, and triacetin.

6 mg
Each beige, extended-release, capsule-shaped tablet, printed with "PAL 6", contains paliperidone 6 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: butylated hydroxytoluene, carnauba wax, cellulose acetate, ferric oxide red, ferric oxide yellow, hydroxyethyl cellulose, hypromellose, iron oxide black, polyethylene oxides, polyethylene glycol, propylene glycol, povidone, sodium chloride, stearic acid, and titanium dioxide.

9 mg
Each pink, extended-release, capsule-shaped tablet, printed with "PAL 9", contains paliperidone 9 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: butylated hydroxytoluene, carnauba wax, cellulose acetate, ferric oxide red, ferric oxide yellow, hydroxyethyl cellulose, hypromellose, iron oxide black, polyethylene oxides, polyethylene glycol, propylene glycol, povidone, sodium chloride, stearic acid, and titanium dioxide.

Who should NOT take Invega?

Do not take paliperidone if you:

  • are allergic to paliperidone or any ingredients of the medication
  • are allergic to risperidone

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