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Generic: paliperidone
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It is used to treat schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder.
               



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What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. It may be several weeks before you see the full effects. Do not suddenly stop taking this medicine. You may need to gradually reduce the dose. Only stop taking this medicine on the advice of your doctor or health care professional.

You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol may interfere with the effect of this medicine. Avoid alcoholic drinks.

This medicine can reduce the response of your body to heat or cold. Dress warm in cold weather and stay hydrated in hot weather. If possible, avoid extreme temperatures like saunas, hot tubs, very hot or cold showers, or activities that can cause dehydration such as vigorous exercise.

The tablet shell for some brands of this medicine does not dissolve. This is normal. The tablet shell may appear whole in the stool. This is not a cause for concern.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • change in blood sugar
  • changes in vision
  • confusion
  • dark urine
  • fast or irregular heartbeat
  • feeling faint or lightheaded, falls
  • fever or chills, sore throat
  • increased thirst or hunger
  • inner restlessness, unable to keep still
  • men: prolonged or painful erection
  • muscle pain, stiffness
  • trouble passing urine or change in the amount of urine
  • unusual movements, spasms, tremor
  • unusual decrease in sweating

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • change in sex drive or performance
  • cough
  • drowsiness
  • dry mouth
  • headache
  • menstrual irregularity
  • more or less saliva than normal
  • nausea
  • stomach upset
  • weight gain

               
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