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Product description written by Dr. Ami Patel, PharmD (Mar 12, 2020)

What is Latuda?

Latuda (generic name Lurasidone) is a medicine used to treat bipolar depression or schizophrenia. It helps balance the chemicals in your brain so that you do not feel as sad (depressed), and it can help you organize your thoughts if you have schizophrenia. It works by adjusting two 'feel-good' brain chemicals: dopamine and serotonin.

What is Latuda used for?

  • Latuda helps treat schizophrenia in people age 13 and older.
  • Latuda can also help treat depression in people over age 10 with bipolar disorder.
  • Latuda can be used with other medicine (such as lithium or valproate) to treat depression in adults with bipolar disorder.

What are possible Latuda side effects?

When using Latuda for depression and schizophrenia, the most common side effect is feeling sleepy or drowsy. Alcohol can make this worse, so avoid drinking alcohol (including beer, wine, and spirits) while on Latuda. Latuda and alcohol do not mix.

Other common Latuda side effects include:

  • Feeling restless, like you need to move around

  • Trouble moving, feeling stiff, having slow movements or tremors

  • Feeling sick to your stomach (nauseous)

  • Vomiting

  • Runny nose

  • Weight gain. Monitor your weight regularly due to changes in your metabolism leading to Latuda weight gain.

Latuda should not be used in older people who have lost touch with reality and also have trouble with memory loss and confusion. Serious side effects of Latuda include the possibility of stroke or death in people over age 65 who have dementia-related psychosis.

Other possible Latuda side effects include:

  • A medical problem called neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS) which can cause death. Call your doctor and go to the closest emergency room if you experience any of the following while taking Latuda:
    • High body temperature (fever)
    • Muscle stiffness
    • Feeling confused
    • Feeling sweaty
    • Changes in how you breathe
    • Changes in your heart rate
    • Changes in blood pressure
  • Body movements you cannot control (this is called tardive dyskinesia). You may notice twitching in your face, tongue, or other parts of your body. These may linger after you stop Latuda.
  • High blood sugar or diabetes. Some people who take Latuda may see their blood sugar rise, so this can put you at risk for developing diabetes. If you feel unusually thirsty, tired, weak, or start to pee more frequently, call your doctor as this is a sign of high sugar.
  • More fat in your blood. Your doctor will check your blood regularly while using Latuda because Latuda side effects include an increase in blood cholesterol and triglycerdes.
  • Too much prolactin in your blood. Women may notice that their period (menstrual cycle) stops, or they may start leaking breast milk even when they're not breastfeeding. Men may start noticing swollen breasts, or problems getting an erection.
  • Low white blood cell count. Your doctor will run regular blood tests when starting Latuda.
  • Low blood pressure. You may feel dizzy or lightheaded when you stand up too fast.
  • Falls. Dizziness can make you unsteady on your feet, and this can lead to falling down and possibly fracturing a bone.
  • Seizures
  • Trouble keeping your body temperature under control (feeling too warm)
  • Manic behavior (feeling like you have racing thoughts, unlimited energy, talking fast, having trouble sleeping, acting recklessly)
  • Problems swallowing

What you should know before taking Latuda?

Do not eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice while using Latuda. Latuda may make you tired or sleepy, so avoid driving until you know how Latuda will make you feel. Avoid getting too hot and be sure to drink enough fluid while on Latuda. A possible Latuda side effect is becoming dehydrated, so drink lots of water, don't exercise too much, stay indoors out of the sun, and wear loose clothing when using Latuda.

Tell your doctor if you take any other prescription or over-the-counter vitamins or supplements because some medicines can interact with Latuda. Especially tell your doctor if you use clarithromycin, avasimibe, ritonavir, ketoconazole, voriconazole, mibefradil, rifampin, St. John's wort, phenytoin, or carbamazepine.

Take Latuda with a full meal.

If you have any of the following medical conditions, tell your doctor before starting Latuda:

  • History of stroke
  • Any heart problems
  • Low blood pressure
  • High blood pressure
  • Family history of diabetes
  • If you have high blood sugar or diabetes
  • High cholesterol, or a history of high cholesterol
  • High triglycerides, or a history of high triglycerides
  • High prolactin levels, or a history of high prolactin
  • Low blood cells
  • Seizures, or history of seizures
  • Kidney problems, or a history of kidney problems
  • Liver problems, or a history of liver problems
  • Are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant
  • Are breastfeeding or are planning to breastfeed

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