Treatment Options

UNDERSTANDING SCHIZOPHRENIA TREATMENTS

Some oral medications, like pills, need to be taken more than once a day. Long-acting injectable medications are given less frequently. Depending on which injectable medication is selected, options include taking it twice a month, monthly, or every 3 months.

When you discuss a treatment plan with your healthcare professional, be sure to talk about how—and how often—you’ll receive it, as well as what you are looking for in a medication.

 

 

TYPES OF SCHIZOPHRENIA MEDICATION

The types of medications most commonly used to treat schizophrenia symptoms are called antipsychotic medications. Antipsychotics are believed to help balance the chemicals in the brain.

 

THERE ARE A FEW DIFFERENT WAYS TO TAKE THIS TYPE OF MEDICATION:

 

PILLS:

Taken by mouth on a daily basis or sometimes multiple times a day; must be taken as directed to be effective.

 

LONG-ACTING INJECTABLE:

A long-acting injectable is administered by a trained healthcare professional, and is different from what you may have gotten during an emergency room visit. A long-acting injectable has active ingredients that are designed to be released gradually, and is meant to help control schizophrenia symptoms over a longer period of time. Long-acting injectable medications must be taken as directed to be effective.

TWICE A MONTH (24 YEARLY)

Long-acting medication
Injection given by a healthcare professional twice a month.

 

MONTHLY (12 YEARLY)

Long-acting medication
Injection given by a healthcare professional once a month.

 

EVERY 3 MONTHS (4 YEARLY)*

Long-acting medication given by a healthcare professional once every 3 months.

*After being adequately treated with INVEGA SUSTENNA® (paliperidone palmitate), the once-monthly version of the active medication in INVEGA TRINZA®, for at least four months.

 

It’s important to understand and discuss your treatment plan with your healthcare professional. Everyone’s needs are different, but long-term control of schizophrenia symptoms can help you move toward your treatment goals. INVEGA TRINZA® is the only treatment for schizophrenia that helps provide symptom control for 3 months in a single dose.

You will start on INVEGA TRINZA® only after you have been adequately treated with INVEGA SUSTENNA®, the once-monthly version of the active medication in INVEGA TRINZA®, for at least four months. Talk to your healthcare professional to see if it’s right for you.