So I’ve been taking Invega Sustenna (injectable form of paliperidone) for the last two years, and now my pdoc is finally helping me come off of it. It has worked very well for my positive symptoms, but it came with a lot of bad side effects. I will post the full list of the side effects it gave me one more time:
-Don’t feel like taking showers/bathing
-Tired when running
-Low muscle strength
-No motivation to work out
-Anhedonia, including not enjoying listening to music anymore
-Feeling like I have nothing to do(boredom)
-Feeling like I never have anything to talk about with other people
-Weight maintenance calories are now 1500 (aka weight gain)
-Inability to laugh
-Inability to cry
-Can’t get drunk
-Coffee has no effect
-Can’t feel nostalgia
-Can’t feel anger
-Sleeping for 12 hours every night
I was taking 75 mg of the injection for the past two years. Today is the day that I took the 50 mg injection, and next month I will take the 25 mg injection. After that, I will not take Invega Sustenna anymore.
In the middle of this, I am switching to oral Zyprexa, so I won’t be going off meds completely.
If you are also coming off Invega Sustenna, I encourage you to post any updates on your progress here.
I will post in this topic atleast monthly, but maybe more often, if I feel any different regarding side effects.
Hopefully in the next 6-12 months I will be free from these side effects for good.
Thanks for reading!