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Loveland, OH

#105 Nov 1, 2009
i took abilify for a month and had a headache and mental confusion and felt heavily sedated i am so scared to even try invega will this drug knock me out? i have children to take care of
JUDY

Port Saint Lucie, FL

#106 Nov 24, 2009
BabyBunny wrote:
Hi. I started taking 3mg of Invega yesterday (the smallest available dose) and I'm wondering if anyone else here takes it?
It's a new medication which is basically a long-acting form of Risperdal. I have never tried regular Risperdal so I have no idea if Invega will be similar.
My Psychiatrist and Myself decided this might be a good med for me as I was having nothing but trouble on Geodon and Trazodone. They totally threw my into a terribly unstable mixed state. Oh gosh was it bad. Luckily I'm now coming through it.
So any info or experiences you may have regarding Invega (Paliperidone) would be greatly appreciated as I'm having a hard time finding anything about this med because it's so new.
Thanks everyone and have a great weekend!:)
Hugs,
Baby Bunny
"Hear my cry for mercy as I call to you for help, as I lift up my hands toward your Most Holy Place."
- Psalm 28:2 (NIV)
I started taking Invega last month 3mg. I have been previously taken Risperdol for a year. I loved the risperadol but moved to another state and they program doesnt have access to it so they switched me to Invega. I havent noticed anything from it yet. No help and no side effects. I went to doc yesterday and he put me up to 6mg has said I can go as high as 12. I do miss taking the risperadol but he insists that the Invega is just as good and I should give it a fair chance but he says if I insist to go back to Risperdol he will give it to me ....the problem is I have insurance and cant afford it. I am on a patient assistant program for the invega so I guess my hands are tied. I have tried things like seroquil, abiligy, triliptal, trimictal and none of them have worked as well as the risperadol so I am hopefull that the invega works as well.
Mom of ocdbp

Helena, MT

#107 Nov 30, 2009
Invega has changed my daughter's life. She is the girl that I remember before her mental illness kicked into high gear! No exaggeration.
But, I can not afford it! My daughter is homeless. She is now living with us, but as an adult, she can not recieve our insurance. Her WA state (government socialized medicine) insurance will not pay for it. We have written to the company, with no luck after 6 weeks....finally found a solution, and this is what we get. So sad.
debra

Chillicothe, OH

#108 Dec 10, 2009
laura wrote:
i am trying to get my son on invega instead of depakote has any one taking depakote before? and is there a differece in how the 2 meds make you feel. My son is 19 yrs.but cant seem to tell you how he feels. If you ask him how are you feeling he always says i dont know? Is that part of being by polar not being able to express your feelings? I am a parent trying to understand my son and how to help him becouse he is unable to express him self. All he can tell me is that he feels angry in his head. He either seems realy sad to me or he will be out of control and he is unable to be reasoned with. I am hoping that if the doc. puts him on the invega it will help him feel better and help him to focuse on his life. Any bodys opiniion will be great.thank you
i was on lithium for a few years and it worked well. but i had another medicinal switch because my body got too used to the lithium so i was switched to depakote of 3- 500 mg doses daily at bedtime and 12 mg of invega daily and i feel just fine. These are high dosage levels and i have bi-polar mania . Since i began these meds i just experienced a few light headaches and joint pain in my knees but im 43. I have been on many varieties of medications for the past 12 years. The combination of these meds make me calm, and confident. Some times it takes many changes over the years to get the right meds, or your body just gets too used to older meds and you have to try new ones, good luck ....
debra

Chillicothe, OH

#109 Dec 10, 2009
Help wrote:
i took abilify for a month and had a headache and mental confusion and felt heavily sedated i am so scared to even try invega will this drug knock me out? i have children to take care of
No the pill Invega will not knock you out. I began invega this past septmember and i feel great and i take the largest dose of 12 mg. For 3 years i was on hadol and risperdol and i lost alot of time with my daughters sleeping and holding a part time job. I also take 1500 mg of depakote at bedtime and i sleep light. So I hope this comment can help you decide, you might want to consider the other meedication side affects of your past and try newer medication like invega. I have bi-polar disorder and I'm a mother of two and i've been on medication for 12 years.
bonnie

London, KY

#110 Dec 10, 2009
I have never tried invega, but I had really bad results with respideral and geodon. I am now on a combination of effexor XR, lamictal, topomax and the generic form of xanix. However, I have noticed that something has seamed to have lost some of its effectiveness. I have had my meds. increased several times, but this time I think my doctor may add something else to what I take. Has anyone else had to deal with this process and is it hard to find the right med. to go with what you are taking. My topomaz xr. is already 350. mg. and I can take the xanix-xr up to 4 times a day, and the topomax 3 times a day.
crazy ma

The Colony, TX

#111 Dec 29, 2009
shanna - alabama wrote:
I just started Invega (3 mgs) three days ago. I am taking it at night as medicine tends to affect me heavily, and I have heard it will make you sleepy. I took the first pill about two p.m. and was very groggy and loopy next morning til about nine. Still very down and hopeless feeling also. But about nine my mood shifted to happiness and contentment, even optimism.
I have evened out since then and seem to just be fairly level, although perhaps a little down. Had previously been on Effexor XR, but I had broken from that five months ago and just been winging it. The effexor benefits seemed to have lessened toward the end at any rate, and my doc seems to think I am bipolar.
Hi im new to this site.:) i was given this today, because serquel was making me gain?after only 3 weeks on it at 100 mgs.
has anyone gained yet? or do you feel hungry all the time like serquel makes people feel? i know we are all different. Serquel was helping me?
hit me back. im scared. im bipolar abd 44.
crazy ma

The Colony, TX

#112 Dec 29, 2009
debra wrote:
<quoted text>i was on lithium for a few years and it worked well. but i had another medicinal switch because my body got too used to the lithium so i was switched to depakote of 3- 500 mg doses daily at bedtime and 12 mg of invega daily and i feel just fine. These are high dosage levels and i have bi-polar mania . Since i began these meds i just experienced a few light headaches and joint pain in my knees but im 43. I have been on many varieties of medications for the past 12 years. The combination of these meds make me calm, and confident. Some times it takes many changes over the years to get the right meds, or your body just gets too used to older meds and you have to try new ones, good luck ....
has anyone gained weight on invega?
crazy ma

The Colony, TX

#113 Dec 29, 2009
Im new to invega? Im new on this site, im missing up here? lol
so im taking serquel which has helped, im on klonopin and lamictal too. Really helps, but the serq. making me eat alot? i want sugar? so my doc gave me 3 mg invega with half serq for a week then stop the serq.
so is this invega beter than serq?
im taking it at night? id appreciate any feed back?

Since: Dec 09

The Colony, TX

#114 Dec 29, 2009
Alex wrote:
I just started taking 3mg/day. I'll let you know of my experience w/in a week. I was recently on Seroquel, 50-100/day. It helped a lot, however I gained weight really fast. We're trying this med as a replacement.
me too. Let me know how it helps you? Thank you and God Bless.
debra

Chillicothe, OH

#115 Dec 30, 2009
crazy ma wrote:
<quoted text>has anyone gained weight on invega?
yes i gained weight on invega yet they discourage it, i do not think you can prevent it but i believe you will gain and lose the weight off and on.
Invega made me hungrier since i'm on the strongest doses. But your doctors will make sure you are well if you are concerned, just keep them informed.

Since: Dec 09

The Colony, TX

#116 Jan 6, 2010
debra wrote:
<quoted text>yes i gained weight on invega yet they discourage it, i do not think you can prevent it but i believe you will gain and lose the weight off and on.
Invega made me hungrier since i'm on the strongest doses. But your doctors will make sure you are well if you are concerned, just keep them informed.
ok i stopped it... didnt help me sleep and made me down on 3mg? bk on seroqel.
debra

Chillicothe, OH

#117 Jan 7, 2010
crazy ma wrote:
<quoted text>ok i stopped it... didnt help me sleep and made me down on 3mg? bk on seroqel.
i was on serequel and lithium before being on invega and depakote and i was losing weight and eating less so that to me was a good combination. But my bi-polar disorder caused a relapse that i needed a change in medication. The serequel did help me sleep better. But if you are not on serequel they tried me on ambien CR which was good for a while but i have a high tolerance to medications so sometimes they have to switch my medications often lately. I hope this helps you further on deciding your medications. Some doctors say if you feel rested and get at least 6 hours your still okay. The weight gain and loss is true like i said it all depends on your body.
Kevin Sheehan

Portland, OR

#118 Jan 27, 2010
Chicago wrote:
I sarted 3mg of Invega last Thursday and have already increased to 6mg with absolutely no side effects and literally I am a whole new person. I am more even toned and calm and I took Trazadone, Tegretol, and origianlly Lexapro alone. The tegretol was horrible. I was a mess and very suicidal. It has all changed in this short time. You?
Invega has been the only med that has worked for me for treating my Bi polar depression.
Kevin Sheehan

Portland, OR

#119 Jan 27, 2010
I tried Invega in the past and have recently started it again and it has been the only Medication that seems to help with my Bi polar depression.
Ginger

Davenport, WA

#120 Jan 28, 2010
I take risperidone about 5 mg a day morning and night and I do notice muscle pain but I get a lot of relief from the mania in fact if it were not for this med I would be so miserable in a full swing manic attack at this time. I cant take antideppresants and have tried just about every med available. There are not too many other options other than ECT and that is a scary option.
Ginger

Davenport, WA

#121 Jan 28, 2010
I think anyone who deals with Bipolar Disorder deserves a medal of honor because it is the toughest thing I have ever dealt with and I have dealt with some tough things. People cant see your disability as well if you are fairly intelligent.But you can be suffering really bad.If I could imagine Haites then that is how I would describe it. Medals of Honor to you all.
Coastcomedian

Portland, OR

#122 Feb 4, 2010
I've been taking Invega for approximately one month and while it helps with my Bi Polar depression it interferes with my creativity. I'm a stand up comic (PT) and I can't write or perform. This was also true when I was taking risperdal. I think all of these meds effect creativity or so I've been told.

Since: Feb 10

Portland, OR

#123 Feb 4, 2010
I agree. I'm on disability and people don't understand why. It's hell living with Bi Polar, I never know which one of me is gong to get up in the morning.
Sally

Los Altos, CA

#124 Feb 10, 2010
Nancy wrote:
I was just prescribed Invega 9 mgs. and I am very restless all the time. I am not sure if it is the medicine or part of my illness. Anyone else have this side effect.
Invega makes me very restless, but is helped by Buspar, which also helps anxiety. Invega saved me from Seroquel weight gain and loss of brain power, memory and creativity.

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