Invega (paliperidone) is a medication prescribed for the treatment of schizophrenia in adults and adolescents (12-17 years old). It is also prescribed in conjunction with other medications to treat some patients with depression.
What do I need to know about Invega?
If you are taking Invega, there are some things you should know:
- It may cause you to be more sensitive to extreme temperatures such as very hot or cold. Drink plenty of fluids while taking Invega and avoid situations where you may overheat or become dehydrated.
- Invega may impair your reactions and thinking. Be careful when driving and make sure your doctor is aware of all medications you are taking, particularly those that make you drowsy.
- If you experience any signs or symptoms of an allergic reaction, stop taking Invega and contact your doctor immediately.
- Invega is not for use in psychotic conditions related to dementia. Elderly persons with dementia have an increased risk for sudden death and heart failure if they take Invega.
What are the side effects of Invega?
If you experience any serious side effects of Invega, you should consult your doctor right away. Serious symptoms/side effects to reports include:
- Difficulty swallowing
- Restless muscle movements
- Stiff muscles, sweating, confusion, high fever, feeling like you may pass out
- Numbness or weakness on one side of the body
- Severe and sudden headache
- Problems with vision, speech or balance
- Fever, chills, flu-like symptoms
- Sores in or on your mouth
Other less serious side effects to be aware of include:
- Breast swelling
- Nipple discharge
- Blurry vision
- Dizziness, headache
- Weight gain
- Dry mouth, nausea
- Decreased sex drive
Can Invega Cause Gynecomastia?
Use of Invega may result in the development of male breast tissue, according to a recent study which was presented at the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP) 2014 annual meeting. Researchers evaluated national health claims data in older men who used risperidone (Risperdal) or paliperidone (Invega). According to the data, these men were 69 percent more likely to develop gynecomastia than nonusers.
Invega has also been associated with the development of gynecomastia in children and boys. Because it has not been approved to treat children younger than the age 12, it is especially important for parents of children who developed the condition after being prescribed Invega to speak with an attorney.
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If you, your son, or someone you love has been diagnosed with gynecomastia after taking Invega, you may qualify to file a lawsuit. To learn more, contact our lawyers today.