Was put on Latuda 40mg today for one week then I move up to 60mg and if I feel that the 60mg isn't helping after a week I move up to 80mg. I had never heard of latuda until last night on tv then when I went to see my pd today that is what she put me on with Ativan .5mg 2x daily as needed and restiril 30mg at bed time which I have been on restiril for some time now. I want to know if anyone has had any luck with the latuda or if there is anything I should know about it before I continue with this treatment?
The link below has reviews made by people who have used Latuda... you may find these useful.
Hi, deann! Latuda has only been approved since July, 2013 and only for Bipolar II (unipolar) depression.
marvell provided a link for user reviews. Here is another that describes uses, dosages, side effects, interactions, etc.:
You're still on a fairly low dose, so if you're not feeling improvement you still have plenty of room to adjust your dosage
Best of luck to you, deann! WCV
I have been on Latuda since last year when it came out. I started at 40 but had to increase to 80. It has been a god send to me. I haven't really been depressed since taking it, which before I was always depressed. The only side effect I've had is a ten pound weight gain. I hope you have a great experience with it like I am! Good luck!!
I have recently started latuda about a month ago and it's done great for me. I have tried almost every medication since 9 yrs old and now I'm 24 yrs old. I'm currently on lamictal 150 depakote 2000 and latuda 40. I have a high tolerance to most meds and have had bad side effects or they haven't done anything for most meds I've tried. Latuda helps my mood be more stable and not depressed where I don't even want to move. I have been less irritable also but it does have some side effects for me. For example I'm very restless and it's has messed up my sleep schedule. The nausea will go away but I always try to eat something with it or else I will feel nauseous. Keep me updated on your experience! Good luck with it!!
I've been on Latuda since July 2011 so I'm not sure where another poster got the idea it was only just approved in 2013. My pdoc, a psychopharmacologist prescribed it soon after it came available as a replacement for Zyprexa which I'd been on for 10 years prior. Latuda works the same way without all the serious side effects of Zyprexa at a much lower dose. After 2-1/2 years on 40 mg a day I'm far more stable and the depression and psychotic features of my Bipolar I are well controlled. I haven't experienced any side effects at all since I started taking it in combination with 1500 mg Depakote ER. I know everyone is different but I can tell you I've found it to be the best choice for me because although Zyprexa works wonderfully well and in fact saved me from suicide on several occasions, I really hated the 100 pound weight gain in 8 months (never had a weight problem before and I'm 93 pounds now) caused by metabolic changes, not appetite related.
The same metabolic disruption messed up my blood sugar making me pre-diabetic too. Latuda is one tablet a day instead of 5 Zyprexa making it easier to use. Most insurance will cover it even though there's no generic yet, though you may have a steep copay anywhere from $40- $100 depending on your plan. You can get a card that covers your copay if your doctor can get one from the drug reps. That's how I got mine. Hope this helps. Feel free to friend or message if you'd like more information.
- Latuda Information for Consumers
- Latuda Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Latuda (detailed)
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