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About the Recovery Process

Mental health recovery is a process of working to achieve your goals while living with a mental health condition.

It’s important to remember that mental health recovery is an ongoing process, not a single outcome. Each person’s recovery experience is unique. By making a personalized plan for managing a mental health condition, you have the best chance of living a life that is meaningful to you.

Learn about the building blocks
of the recovery process

Just as the recovery process is ongoing, your participation in and commitment to your treatment should be ongoing too. Here are some things you can do to stay actively engaged:

  • Understanding
    Your Condition

    The more you know about schizoaffective disorder, the more actively you’ll be able to participate in your treatment.

    Learning about the challenges of—and treatments for—a lifelong mental health condition can also help you stay committed to the recovery process. As you get deeper into the recovery process, you may find it helpful to share your experiences, either in a group setting or by becoming a peer counselor. Other people living with schizoaffective disorder may really benefit from what you have to say.

  • Staying on

    Medication is a key part of the mental health recovery process. It’s important that you take all of your medications, including INVEGA SUSTENNA® (paliperidone palmitate), exactly as directed by your doctor—even if you’re feeling better. Stopping your medication may cause your symptoms to return.

    You should also review all of your medications with your doctor or pharmacist on a regular basis. That way you can stay informed on how each medication works, and make sure all your medications work together.

  • Setting Goals

    Setting goals can help you succeed at things that are important to you. Writing down your goals and breaking them down into manageable steps can also help you make progress. Consider both short- and long-term goals, and try to work to reach them.

    • Short-term goals might be:
      • Taking medication as prescribed by your doctor
      • Keeping up with your laundry
      • Learning to cook something new
    • Long-term goals might be:
      • Finding a job
      • Taking a class
      • Sticking to a long-term exercise plan
  • Looking After
    Your Total Health

    Along with taking all of your medications as directed, there are other things you can do to improve your total health. Make sure you get a physical examination at least once a year. Talk to your doctor about a sensible eating and exercise plan. And ask your Treatment Team for help with quitting unhealthy habits like smoking, drinking alcohol, or other substance abuse. Establishing a daily routine can help you stay on track with your healthier lifestyle—and your overall treatment plan.

  • Creating a Strong
    Recovery Team

    Beyond your doctor and injection appointments, there may be other people and resources that can help support your recovery process. Some of these professional resources may include:

    • Individual psychotherapy sessions
    • Family-focused therapy
    • Group therapy sessions
    • Local community support programs
    • Drug and alcohol treatment

    To access local resources, talk to your Treatment Team and check out these websites:

  • Getting the Support
    You Need

    There are times you’ll need support in the mental health recovery process, and it’s good to know that you’re not alone. The members of your Treatment Team will be there for you, so don’t be afraid to ask for help. There are also resources in your community and online that you can access when you need them.

  • Relapse Recognition
    & Management

    Learning to recognize the early signs of relapse—and alerting your doctor immediately—can be a very important part of participating in your treatment plan. Because symptoms of schizoaffective disorder can be triggered by events from everyday life, there is a chance that a relapse may occur—even when a person is taking his or her medicine correctly.

    Gaining deeper insight into your condition can help you better understand your medication and recognize symptoms or signs of relapse—so you’ll know when to talk to your doctor and seek help. Remember, only your doctor can decide what course of treatment is right for you. For a list of early warning signs, click here.



INVEGA SUSTENNA® (In-VEY-guh Suss-TEN-uh) (paliperidone palmitate) Extended-Release Injectable Suspension is a prescription medicine given by injection by a healthcare professional. INVEGA SUSTENNA® is used for schizoaffective disorder in adults, either alone or in combination with other medicines such as mood stabilizers or antidepressants, and is used to treat schizophrenia in adults.


What is the most important information I should know about INVEGA SUSTENNA®?
INVEGA SUSTENNA® can cause serious side effects, including an increased risk of death in elderly people who are confused, have memory loss, and have lost touch with reality (dementia-related psychosis). INVEGA SUSTENNA® is not for treating dementia-related psychosis.

Do not receive INVEGA SUSTENNA® if you are allergic to paliperidone, paliperidone palmitate, risperidone, or any of the ingredients in INVEGA SUSTENNA®. See the end of the Patient Information leaflet in the full Prescribing Information for a complete list of INVEGA SUSTENNA® ingredients.

Before you receive INVEGA SUSTENNA®, tell your healthcare professional about all your medical conditions, including if you:

  • have had Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome (NMS)
  • have or have had heart problems, including a heart attack, heart failure, abnormal heart rhythm, or long QT syndrome
  • have or have had low levels of potassium or magnesium in your blood
  • have or have had uncontrolled movements of your tongue, face, mouth, or jaw (tardive dyskinesia)
  • have or have had kidney or liver problems
  • have diabetes or have a family history of diabetes
  • have had a low white blood cell count
  • have had problems with dizziness or fainting or are being treated for high blood pressure
  • have or have had seizures or epilepsy
  • have any other medical conditions
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if INVEGA SUSTENNA® will harm your unborn baby
    • If you become pregnant while taking INVEGA SUSTENNA®, talk to your healthcare professional about registering with the National Pregnancy Registry for Atypical Antipsychotics. You can register by calling 1-866-961-2388 or visit
    • Infants born to women who are treated with INVEGA SUSTENNA® may experience symptoms such as tremors, irritability, excessive sleepiness, eye twitching, muscle spasms, decreased appetite, difficulty breathing, or abnormal movement of arms and legs. Let your healthcare professional know if these symptoms occur.
  • are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. INVEGA SUSTENNA® can pass into your breast milk. Talk to your healthcare professional about the best way to feed your baby if you receive INVEGA SUSTENNA®.

Tell your healthcare professional about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of them to show to your healthcare professional or pharmacist when you get a new medicine.

Patients (particularly the elderly) taking antipsychotics with certain health conditions or those on long-term therapy should be evaluated by their healthcare professional for the potential risk of falls.

What should I avoid while receiving INVEGA SUSTENNA®?

  • INVEGA SUSTENNA® may affect your ability to make decisions, think clearly, or react quickly. Do not drive, operate heavy machinery, or do other dangerous activities until you know how INVEGA SUSTENNA® affects you
  • avoid getting overheated or dehydrated

INVEGA SUSTENNA® may cause serious side effects, including:

  • See “What is the most important information I should know about INVEGA SUSTENNA®?”
  • stroke in elderly people (cerebrovascular problems) that can lead to death
  • Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome (NMS). NMS is a rare but very serious problem that can happen in people who receive INVEGA SUSTENNA®. NMS can cause death and must be treated in a hospital. Call your healthcare professional right away if you become severely ill and have any of these symptoms: high fever; severe muscle stiffness; confusion; loss of consciousness; changes in your breathing, heartbeat, and blood pressure
  • problems with your heartbeat. These heart problems can cause death. Call your healthcare professional right away if you have any of these symptoms: passing out or feeling like you will pass out; dizziness; or feeling as if your heart is pounding or missing beats
  • uncontrolled movements of your tongue, face, mouth, or jaw (tardive dyskinesia)
  • metabolic changes. Metabolic changes may include high blood sugar (hyperglycemia), diabetes mellitus and changes in the fat levels in your blood (dyslipidemia), and weight gain
  • low blood pressure and fainting
  • changes in your blood cell counts
  • high level of prolactin in your blood (hyperprolactinemia). INVEGA SUSTENNA® may cause a rise in the blood levels of a hormone called prolactin (hyperprolactinemia) that may cause side effects including missed menstrual periods, leakage of milk from the breasts, development of breasts in men, or problems with erection
  • problems thinking clearly and moving your body
  • seizures
  • difficulty swallowing that can cause food or liquid to get into your lungs
  • prolonged or painful erection lasting more than 4 hours. Call your healthcare professional or go to your nearest emergency room right away if you have an erection that lasts more than 4 hours
  • problems with control of your body temperature, especially when you exercise a lot or spend time doing things that make you warm. It is important for you to drink water to avoid dehydration

The most common side effects of INVEGA SUSTENNA® include: injection site reactions; sleepiness or drowsiness; dizziness; feeling restlessness or needing to be constantly moving; abnormal muscle movements, including tremor (shaking), shuffling, uncontrolled involuntary movements, and abnormal movements of your eyes.

Tell your healthcare professional if you have any side effect that bothers you or does not go away. These are not all the possible side effects of INVEGA SUSTENNA®. For more information, ask your healthcare professional or pharmacist.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You are encouraged to report side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit, or call 1‑800‑FDA‑1088.

General information about the safe and effective use of INVEGA SUSTENNA®.

Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Patient Information leaflet. Do not use INVEGA SUSTENNA® for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give INVEGA SUSTENNA® to other people, even if they have the same symptoms that you have. It may harm them. You can ask your pharmacist or healthcare professional for information about INVEGA SUSTENNA® that is written for healthcare professionals.

This Patient Information leaflet summarizes the most important information about INVEGA SUSTENNA®. If you would like more information, talk with your healthcare professional.

You can ask your healthcare professional or pharmacist for more information that is written for healthcare professionals. For more information, go to or call 1‑800‑526‑7736.

Please click here to read the full Prescribing Information, including Boxed WARNING, for INVEGA SUSTENNA® and discuss any questions you have with your healthcare professional.