A relative was prescribed this medication. He has never been diagnoised with Schizophrenia. He has aspergers disorder, general anxiety disorder and obssesive compulsive disorder. Is this drug for these conditions as well?
Can this be used to treat Aspergers, GAD, and OCD?
- 21 Oct 2011 by hellotoall
- 21 October 2011
- schizophrenia, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, asperger syndrome, medication
Added 21 Oct 2011:
Sorry, the medication is Paliperidone. I didn't post it the first time around.
Hi hellotoall - In a word, yes. Paliperidone or Invega is a second generation atypical antipsychotic (similar to risperidone, but newer medication, I believe); often prescribed for schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder, it has been shown to be helpful for anxiety, and with OCD, as well, since that is also an anxiety disorder. (OCD can also be a long-standing personality disorder, which takes more of the form of hoarding & usually at opposite end of the spectrum from the OCD anxiety disorder type). It's also been shown to be helpful for Asperger's Syndrome. Hope this helps a bit. It looks like the Dr. is, at least, on the right track towards finding some help for your relative, or giving it a good first shot. I know, its kinda strange when Drs or researchers begin finding other uses for the medications which are originally developed for just that one use... I guess that's what much testing & experimenting does. Good Luck!
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