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INVEGA® Approved as Treatment for Schizophrenia in Adolescents
Date:4/11/2011

patients treated with atypical antipsychotics (APS), including INVEGA®. Patients starting treatment with APS who have or are at risk for diabetes mellitus should undergo fasting blood glucose testing at the beginning of and during treatment. Patients who develop symptoms of hyperglycemia should also undergo fasting blood glucose testing. All patients treated with atypical antipsychotics should be monitored for symptoms of hyperglycemia. Some patients require continuation of anti-diabetic treatment despite discontinuation of the suspect drug.

Dyslipidemia-Undesirable alterations in lipids have been observed in patients treated with atypical antipsychotics.

Weight Gain-Weight gain has been observed with atypical antipsychotic use.  Clinical monitoring of weight is recommended.  When treating adolescent patients with INVEGA®, weight gain should be assessed against that expected with normal growth.

Hyperprolactinemia: As with other drugs that antagonize dopamine D2 receptors, INVEGA® elevates prolactin levels and the elevation persists during chronic administration. Paliperidone has a prolactin-elevating effect similar to risperidone, which is associated with higher levels of prolactin elevation than other antipsychotic agents.

Gastrointestinal: INVEGA® should ordinarily not be administered to patients with pre-existing severe gastrointestinal narrowing. Rare instances of obstructive symptoms have been reported in patients with known strictures taking non-deformable formulations. INVEGA® should only be used in patients who are able to swallow the tablet whole.

Orthostatic Hypotension and Syncope: INVEGA® may induce orthostatic hypotension in some patients due to its alpha-blocking activity. INVEGA® should be used with caution in patients with known cardiovascular disease (e.g., heart failure, history of MI or ischemia, conduction abnormalities), cerebrovascular disease or con
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