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Invega Tapering

Invega Tapering

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Rarely will you find a medical professional who’s equipped with the expertise to competently navigate Invega tapering.

Antipsychotics like Invega, though perhaps properly prescribed during a time of demonstrable crisis, will not always mean that a lifetime of being medicated is justifiable.

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Invega tapering done within a nurturing setting like Alternative to Meds Center is much easier than trying to face what may feel brutal and defeating especially without excellent support. Invega users do not have to suffer the sometimes fierce symptoms of Invega discontinuation. We have clinically proven effective ways to make side effects and symptoms a part of your past. Alternative to Meds Center has shown that there are other ways to have people feeling good and engaged in life other than mind-numbing drugs. Done properly, Invega tapering can be done with little discomfort, and many benefits to overall health.

Notes on Invega Tapering

The generic name for Invega is paliperidone and is also available under other brand names, and in a time-release or injectable form, which may introduce some added complications for Invega tapering. It is one of the atypical antipsychotic medications that have become widely used for treating schizophrenia, schizoaffective and bipolar related mania, episodes of psychosis, and other critical conditions.

Like all members of this class of medication, there are limitations and risks. Untrained physicians may not be equipped or able to completely disclose these details to their patients, due to time restraints or because they just don’t know about them. 

Often, the decision to begin taking a neuroleptic drug such as Invega is done under extreme pressure, without a lot of time to study the matter fully. After the crisis passes, one may want to take the opportunity to study the problem in more depth, as part of planning for long-term treatment and improved health. We hope the following information useful and helpful in this quest.

Invega Tapering Treatment Results Overview

As mentioned above, doctors prescribe medications such as Invega in a time of desperate need. For example, to bring a critical situation such as acute psychosis safely and immediately under control. Options can seem extremely limited at such a juncture. However, researchers have done studies showing that antipsychotics may not always be the best route for extended or long-term use, as will be discussed further below.

effective invega taperingIt is clear that the more one can learn about medication effects, the better. Additionally, alternative treatment methods can lead to a sustainable recovery. Truly, a person can equip themselves adequately using Invega alternatives to provide a pathway for a bettered quality of life. In this way, one can begin to achieve very real overall improvements in one’s mental and physical health.1

A study was run in the Netherlands that reported on a seven-year follow-up that persons who had suffered a schizophrenic or schizophrenic-related disorder who had discontinued their medication had achieved twice the functional recovery rate as compared to those who were still on maintenance medication treatment plans for the same time period.2

Since Invega or similar medications may not be the most efficacious choice for long-term treatment in all cases, learning about safe and gentle methods for Invega tapering may be a much more beneficial and productive endeavor.

Concerns With Invega

tardive dyskinesia side effectsAntipsychotic drugs are most concerning because they cause significant side effects over long-term usage. The drug can cause tardive dyskinesia, heightened blood sugar levels, weight gain, high cholesterol, Parkinson’s disease or Parkinson’s-like conditions, dystonia. As well, the drug may precipitate or aggravate certain heart problems such as cardiac arrest, stroke, long QT syndrome. This type of drug can cause many other potential side effects. So, this will negatively impact a person’s health and quality of life. 

When the initial crisis of a psychotic episode or other mental health event has passed, a person may consider Invega tapering to avoid these types of risks. For example, tardive dyskinesia is widely considered persistent and even permanent once it has developed.

Tardive dyskinesia is not a disease but a side effect of neuroleptic medications. There are more than 50 drugs that are known to induce tardive dyskinesia, a great proportion of which are in the class of antipsychotics, such as Invega.3

How Antipsychotic Drugs Work – Known or Unknown?

There are many theories about how drugs like Invega work or how they affect neurology, but this study is far from complete. One factor that is thought likely is that metabolites from antipsychotic drugs can be toxic to human neurochemistry and injurious to neurons.

stabilize brain chemistryAntipsychotics can affect several types of neurotransmitters and their receptors. Regarding dopamine, for example, the drug is thought to create hypersensitive dopamine receptors along the CNS pathways while concurrently setting up a chronic dopamine blockade that is also medication-induced. This can cause a cascade of other responses including oxidative stress and cell death. 

Because of these types of manipulations of neurochemistry, the person’s moods and other important body and organ functions are also affected by the drug. Some of these effects may be helpful in reducing psychosis or symptoms of mania, but some can be damaging indeed, where the drug is continued for an extended time.

Sometimes it is clear that this damage is reversible, and sometimes (20%) it is observed to be permanent when the medication is taken for an extended period of time, and especially where certain genetic factors may also affect how well or how poorly the body itself is equipped to protect or repair itself from these drug-induced effects. More careful study is needed on this topic as the problem of reversing persisting antipsychotic drug side-effects has not yet been satisfactorily understood or resolved in the medical-scientific community. As harsh as it may sound to some, patients are still being asked to play the role of guinea pig in the drug industry game.4

When Choosing Healthy and Safe Invega Tapering Consider Alternative to Meds Center Program

alternative to meds centerPerhaps the initial mental health emergency that you or a loved one has suffered has passed and your attention has now turned to the next steps that may help to achieve bettered mental and physical health, and learn the most proven steps for how to prevent relapse.

Please contact us for more information about our educational steps within the program for self-care and neurochemistry support. Alternative to Meds Center has developed a nurturing inpatient Invega tapering program for those looking for ways to safely reduce or even discontinue neuroleptic medications and to improve mental health naturally, providing another option besides relying on prescription drugs for a lifetime.

1.  “Atypical antipsychotics usage in long-term follow-up of first episode schizophrenia” (Shrivastava,  (Johnston, Terpstra, Stitt, Shah) Article published July 2012 in the US National Library of Medicine and the Indian Journal of Psychiatry, [accessed online 2019 Dec 29]  
2.   , “Antipsychotics: Taking the Long View”    (Thomas Insel, former NIMH Director) published August 2013 by the National Institute for Mental Health, [accessed online 2019 Dec 29]  
3.  “The reversibility of “permanent” tardive dyskinesia” (Klawans, Tanner, Barr) published in 1984 in the US National Library of Medicine, [accessed online 2019 Dec 29]  
4.  “Medicine-Induced Tardive Dyskinesia: A Review and Update” (Cornett, Novitch, Kaye, Kata, Kaye) published by the National Institute for Mental Health, [accessed online 2019 Dec 29]

This content has been reviewed and approved by a licensed physician.

Dr. Samuel Lee

Dr. Samuel Lee is a board-certified psychiatrist, specializing in a spiritually-based mental health discipline and integrative approaches. He graduated with an MD at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and did a residency in psychiatry at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. He has also been an inpatient adult psychiatrist at Kaweah Delta Mental Health Hospital and the primary attending geriatric psychiatrist at the Auerbach Inpatient Psychiatric Jewish Home Hospital. In addition, he served as the general adult outpatient psychiatrist at Kaiser Permanente.  He is board-certified in psychiatry and neurology and has a B.A. Magna Cum Laude in Religion from Pacific Union College. His specialty is in natural healing techniques that promote the body’s innate ability to heal itself.

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