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Invega sustenna injection or pill comparison

#1

Does someone know if side effects are different between the injection and pill form of invega?
I’m experiencing extreme drowsiness with my second monthly injection and was wondering if I should go for the paliperidone pill instead so it can be adjusted more easily.
I just took 234mg injection so I have to wait month now but I just don’t want this drowsiness next time.

#2

I dont know about the pill. Maybe lowering your dose of the injection might help I’m on 78mg

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#3

i dont know but i imagine the people who design the meds would try to make it as similar as possible to the oral meds but sustained, i mean surely thats a goal. Maybe if the dates arent lined up perfectly there is a little extra or less of the med in your body in between dosages, thats all i can think. maybe itll only last a day…i would say call the doc and ask :slight_smile:

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#4

I disliked injections. If you can remember to take your meds or won’t refuse to take them, you should try oral.

I was on an injection and had a bad time on it, and it was upsetting in house they had to inject me several times from side effects.

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#5

I’m on that dose. It made me drowsy at first for a couple days, couldn’t do anything during the day. The 156 dose wasn’t like that, but last month when I got 234 that happened. It passes. Not sure if it will happen every time for you. It all depends on how your body reacts to it

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#6

I drank three cups of yogi ginger tea which helped quite a bit. Coffee didn’t do really anything.
I think I’ll ask for 156mg dose for next time

#7

That’s good. I’ll have to get that. I don’t think you can just ask for specific dose, pdocs give you their dose, unless you have an extreme reason to get a different dose. I haven’t ever had control over my meds. When I was a teen, my pdoc gave my mom some kind of control over dosing, but it was even hard for her to gauge it

#8

3 cups of coffee and 2 ginger teas seems to work on the 3rd day from injection

#9

Good news! I got mine today, and it woke me up! I’m so much clearer. Not tired one bit, and I don’t have manic like energy, just leveled out! It does get better!

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#10

How many days did it take for you the tiredness to go away?
I was good for couple hours till noon but now I feel like laying on bed again but not really tired

#11

It’s hard to say because I was prescribed remeron for the first time when I got the higher dose. With that combo, it took like 3 days. I went through all these weird side effects to get used to them

#12

Are you using remeron for sleep or just antidepressant? I considered that for sleep, but one side effect is low energy.

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#13

I use it for both. The first couple of days I had low energy, then I got used to it

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#14

I also had increased voices, but the higher dose and the combo I’ve been on the past month has been great. No more visual hallucinations

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#15

I’m also losing voices but it took a month with invega for first voices to go away. Another 1-2 months will probably clear them out. It can take total 3 months

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#16

How many cups of ginger tea have you drank already? I took 3rd one for evening. Hopefully by tomorrow my energy is better.

#17

I don’t drive, no way of getting to the store and I’m coping with no motivation by being on here

#18

Me head hurts and I don’t feel sedated. I’ve been like this the past few days until I daze out completely and can’t hear the TV or conversations

#19

Are you schizoaffective or schizophrenic? I’m schizoaffective

#20

Last time I was told schizophrenic.