Latuda is used to treat certain mental/mood disorders (such as schizophrenia, depression associated with bipolar disorder). Lurasidone helps you to think more clearly, feel less nervous, and take part in everyday life. It may also help to decrease hallucinations (hearing/seeing things that are not there). In addition, this medication may improve your mood, sleep, appetite, and energy level. Lurasidone is a psychiatric medication that belongs to the class of drugs called atypical antipsychotics. It works by helping to restore the balance of certain natural substances in the brain.
Latuda comes as a tablet that you swallow. It’s available in the following strengths: 20 milligrams (mg), 40 mg, 60 mg, 80 mg, and 120 mg.
Before You Take The Medication
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: kidney problems, liver problems, stroke, breast cancer, diabetes (including family history), obesity, low blood pressure, seizures, low white blood cell count, dementia (such as Alzheimer’s Disease), trouble swallowing, breathing trouble during sleep (sleep apnea). This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy. Get medical help right away if you have a fever that does not go away, mental/mood changes, headache, or dizziness. Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of this drug, especially drowsiness, dizziness, and lightheadedness. Drowsiness, dizziness, and lightheadedness can increase the risk of falling. During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Babies born to mothers who have used this drug during the last 3 months of pregnancy may rarely develop symptoms including muscle stiffness or shakiness, drowsiness, feeding/breathing difficulties, or constant crying. If you notice any of these symptoms in your newborn especially during their first month, tell the doctor right away. Since untreated mental/mood problems (such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression) can be a serious condition, do not stop taking this medication unless directed by your doctor. If you are planning pregnancy, become pregnant, or think you may be pregnant, immediately discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using this medication during pregnancy.
How To Use
Take Latuda exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Latuda should be taken with food (at least 350 calories). You may need frequent blood tests. It may take several weeks before your symptoms improve. Keep using the medication as directed. Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve, or if they get worse while using Latuda. You should not stop using this medicine suddenly. Stopping suddenly may cause other problems. It is easier to become dangerously overheated and dehydrated while you are taking Latuda. Drink plenty of fluids, especially in hot weather and during exercise. You may also be more sensitive to temperature extremes (hot or cold). Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Call your doctor at once if you have: any new or unusual muscle movements you cannot control; a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out; a seizure (convulsions); (in women) irregular menstrual periods, breast or vaginal changes, nipple discharge; (in men) breast swelling, impotence; trouble swallowing; manic episodes–racing thoughts, increased energy, decreased need for sleep, risk-taking behavior, being agitated or talkative; low white blood cell counts–fever, chills, mouth sores, skin sores, sore throat, cough, trouble breathing; high blood sugar–increased thirst, increased urination, hunger, dry mouth, fruity breath odor; or severe nervous system reaction–very stiff (rigid) muscles, high fever, sweating, confusion, fast or uneven heartbeats, tremors, feeling like you might pass out. Common side effects may include: drowsiness; weight gain; tremors, muscle stiffness, slow muscle movement; feeling restless or being unable to sit still; nausea, vomiting; runny nose; or sleep problems (insomnia). This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
Will I need to use this drug long term?
Latuda is meant to be used as a long-term treatment. If you and your doctor determine that Latuda is safe and effective for you, you’ll likely take it long term.
Who should not take Latuda?
Do not take lurasidone if you: are allergic to lurasidone or any ingredients of the medication and are taking certain medications that interact with lurasidone (e.g., ketoconazole or rifampin).
Latuda is in a class of drugs called atypical antipsychotics. (A class of drugs is a group of medications that work in a similar way.) The way atypical antipsychotics work isn’t completely understood. It’s thought that the drugs increase levels of the chemicals serotonin and dopamine in your body. These chemicals help ease symptoms of schizophrenia and the depressive phase of bipolar I disorder.
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