Although the inserts all state this is used for Schizophrenia,my MD said that was marketing decision and it is possible to use it for Bipolar disorder
15 Jan 2013
I posted earlier about the anxiety and sleep difficulties with latuda. I am currently taking 60mg, up from two weeks ago on 20mg for ten days. I have been suffering from the anxiety and restlessness others have described with various meds. Latuda is the first one I have been on this long, almost two weeks. I tried saphris, abilify and serroquel xl.The anxiety was compounded by losing twenty five pounds. (I am sick of trying to force feed myself to gain weight so I just started drinking Ensure to add weight. I know it can cause constipation.) Then I realized I wanted sugar, honey, and/or chocolate. The most satisfying was small spoonfuls of honey. The sugar was lacking from my new Latuda diet. I can't drink any sodas or eat junk food anymore and am drinking a lot of green tea and eating living foods as best I can besides the ensure. This is all new to me and I am grateful the honey helped stop a lot of the anxiety I have with this medication. It seems my diet has been given a one-eighty. This change is truly mind and personality blowing.
7 May 2013
I'm currently diagnosed with bipolar 1 with psychotic features and my pdoc has mentioned that i possibly may have schizoaffective disorder. I've tried seroquel and abilify with no luck so far so hopefully latuda 40mg will help. im on my 4th day of taking it and i'm in a severe mixed episode right now with intense impulsivity,anxiety, suicidal ideatation, elation, increased self esteem, and intrusive thoughts. this may occur all in one day! and im hearing whispers daily saying my thoughts out loud. I'm also currently on .5mg of kpins. Does anyone else experience mixed episodes like this?
25 Jan 2013
Just to let you know, I have bi-polar depression and this is the second non- approved medication I have been given that is NOT approved by the FDA for Bi-Polar, Both medications given to me were only approved for schizophrenia. I had a life threatening reaction to the first one that was given to me. When I questioned why I was given it, I was told "You don't have schizophrenia" -( told directly by Dr.)
Watch carefully for side-effects as not enough studies have been done to get FDA approval, and manufacturers of course want you to buy them. Read Letter below of what sales person did.
"LATUDA is not approved by the FDA for the treatment of adult patients with depressive episodes associated with bipolar I disorder (bipolar depression). LATUDA is approved for the treatment of adult patients with schizophrenia in the U.S. and in Canada"
FDA LETTER - Promotion of Unapproved Uses
On Tuesday, May 17, 2011, at approximately 1:40 PM, a sales representative from Sunovion made a sales call to a psychiatrist at his office. During this sales call, the sales representative indicated that Latuda is only approved for schizophrenia use, but studies for use in bipolar disorder are being done and it is only a matter of time before it is approved for bipolar disorder. The sales representative continued the discussion of the unapproved use of Latuda for bipolar disorder by pointing out that two other psychiatrists in the area are using Latuda for the treatment of bipolar disorder, and both are pleased with the results in these patients. Overall, the sales representative spent a considerable amount of time during the sales call discussing the off-label use of Latuda in the treatment of bipolar disorder.
According to its PI, Latuda is only indicated for the treatment of patients with schizophrenia. Therefore, the oral statements made by the sales representative misbrand the drug by suggesting a new “intended use” for Latuda for which the PI lacks adequate directions for use.2 OPDP acknowledges that the sales representative stated that Latuda is only approved for schizophrenia and that use of Latuda for the treatment of bipolar disorder is off-label; however, these statements do not mitigate the misleading overall impression created by the sales representative during the sales call that Latuda is safe and effective for the treatment of bipolar disorder. "
Just to let you know, I have bi-polar depression and this is the second non approved medication I have been given that is NOT approved by the FDA for Bi-Polar, Both were only approved for schizophrenia. I had a life threatening reaction to the first one that was given to me, I don't have schizophrenia.
19 May 2013
LaTuda Worked Great At First But I've Hit The Typica Plateau With It. The Side Effect I Feel Most Is Anxiety/Panic Attacks So I've Learned To Take Valium Or Canada With It Before Bed. I Feel I Need Something More To Get Me Over The Edge. LamictalWas Great But I Got A Rash From it.
9 Mar 2013
My diagnosis is unknown. I am not sure if I am schizoaffective, or just having a mood disorder. Several doctors varied on this issue I am taking Latuda as a replacement for Risperdal, which had too many side effects for me. It (the Latuda) made me feel really weird for about a month, then suddenly started working great. No weight gain and virtually no drowsiness. But, I can say Latuda knocks out anxiety and does wonders for my depression.
10 Aug 2011
My husband has just started latuda hoping to help with the depressive side of bipolar which he has been in for three years at least. We just started this week, so I don't know how it's working, except it does make him sleepy after taking at night. We started on 1/2 of a 40 mg. pill with another psych visit in two weeks. Apparently they haven't mad a 20 mg. pill yet.
What effects have you seen from this medicine? Yes, I totally trust our psychopharamacologist. If she says it's being used off-label for bp, it's because she has that information from Stanford, one of the schools doing the research.
Love to know your feelings about it. Janice
15 Mar 2012
I hv been taking Latuda for one month. My doc is using it as a mood stabilizer. We r trying this newer one r/t my terrible side effects to most of the older ones. I am on smallest dose of 40 mg at bedtime. So far no side affects. This is what they call an "off label" use. Can't say i have noticed much of any affects good or bad. Of course we all know this can take some time. I just pray and hope for the best. Second best being no rediculous sides . We are trying to keep me from dipping to far on the depression while avoiding a manic episode which are increased when on high dodes of antidepressants.(effexor,trazadone). I will keep posted if anything goes awry or no improvement noticed in the comming weeks.
7 Sep 2011
I just started on Latuda for BP four days ago for Bipolar I. My new Pdoc suggested it, and he's great. He discusses everything with me, and answers all my questions, and ultimately I decide what I'm going to take, with his guidance. I used to take Zyprexa with Depakote, but another doctor replaced the Zyprexa with Lamictal when my old doc retired. I got much, much worse - hallucinations, suicidal, depressed, etc. I drifted away from going anywhere, and finally quit meds altogether.
A few months ago, my therapist introduced me to this new Pdoc, who is a psychopharmacologist like my old one who'd retired. He said we could go back to the Zyprexa/Depakote combo since it'd worked so well, but that there were newer atypicals now that have far fewer side effects, Latuda being one of those. He did tell me it hasn't yet been approved for BP, that it's used off-label for that for now but won't be long till approval comes. I've had absolutely no side effects so far (5 days) but I take it exactly as he instructed me - with dinner, at least 350 calories, for best absorption as another poster mentioned. I'm hoping to get back to normal with this combination.
16 Mar 2013
My psychiatrist just started me on it today. I have a very reputable psychiatrist. I know it is common to treat bipolar disorder with Schizophenic drugs. Somd are as follows, Geodone, Risperadol, amplify, Envega. And Seroquel, which is an antipsychotic. The doctor gives it a a lower mg and less frequency of taking it per day. Either 1 time a day instead of 2-3 doses per day. Or 2 doses instead of 3-4. They also lower the miligrams by half or less. The goal is to stabilize the hypomania, mania, or depression. I will log back in my doctor started me off at 20mg 1 time per day. The increase to twice a day 20 mg. I will let you know how well it works and how it affects me.
30 Jan 2013
my psychiatrist started me on Latuda a few weeks ago. I have been on abilify, and lithium and I beleive that that is why I gained 50 lbs within the last year! So my Dr. is trying me on Latuda, although Im not sure its the right dose-80mg, because I have been having bouts of crabbyness, like explosive crabbyness sometimes since I stopped abilify.
28 Jun 2011
Hello... I have been taking Latuda, 40mg at bedtime with a snack for 8 days... I suffer from disabling depression marked by periods of being unable to leave my room, unable to concentrate, unable to feel anything good or bad... the change was dramatic and quick... on the second morning of taking it,, I woke up singing... this is not mania for me... I can feel things again... joy... love for my husband... pleasure in my kids... I am actually optimistic which I have not felt in years... and no longer contemplate suicide... I also take prozac 20 mg in the morning... and depakote 250 mg at night... hope my experience helps you... :-)
2 May 2013
I've been taking latuda for 9 days now for my schizo, I take one(40mg) pill every night after dinner because you're supposed to take it with 350 cals. I feel it work within the hour-2 hours of taking it but it makes me feel very weird,anxious,sort of manic, and i cant relax to save my life,my legs are always wanting to move so i just go walk and smoke a cig. walking around my apartment complex doesn't ever help(i do it anyways)so i take a hot bath and try to relax that way,that doesn't seem to help either and i have the worst time falling asleep, i just want to curl up and cry,so i curl up but i cant seem to cry anymore. I'm seeing my psych tomorrow and im telling her everything im experiencing with latuda and im currently debating if i should hold off on taking my pill tonight..
13 Apr 2013
I was just diagnosed with Bipolar II. My doctor began with prescribing Seroquel but I gained a substantial amount of weight in a short time span (10 lbs. in 1.5 weeks). I then went to Abilify, was on it for 2 days and stopped because I couldn't sleep, focus or hold still. I am now on my second day of Latuda. It feels similar to Abilify but I'm less jittery (so far) and it seems like I'm tolerating it. I'll keep you updated, but to answer your question, yes I am being treated with Latuda for Bipolar II.
5 Apr 2012
hi bames my names brian my dr put me on it about two weeks ago and i have bipolar 1 it is working fantasticly it doesnt make me sick or sluggish i can sleep at night with it i really like it i was on a lot of stuff before well i think me and my dr found something really great i know its new but they need to priscribe it for bipolar disorder
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I have tried virtually all the others, I'm a severe Bipolar II, and so hopeful. Do I have reason to be? Yours, Christian
3 answers • 7 Dec 2012