I always take mine at night because it MUST be taken with food, minimum 350 calories, in order for it to be properly absorbed. If you take it on an empty stomach or just a cracker or something you wouldn't be getting the full dosage. (This is how my doctor explained it to me; I'm not presuming to give any kind of medical advice.)
So I take it with dinner (I eat late, around 8:00 pm or after) along with my other nighttime medications, which also helps me not to forget to take them because I got too tired or something. I've found that consistency helps a lot; if you are in the habit of always doing something the same way or at the same time then you'll always know you did it - at least in theory!
Also I've heard Latuda can make some people a bit drowsy for a few days when they first start taking it. This didn't happen to me, but if it had then my solution would have been to add it to my nighttime medications so that getting drowsy wouldn't be a problem if I was going to bed anyway. Hope this information helps and you have great results from Latuda like I have.
As everyone else is saying I take it before I go to bed, well a little before, with the 350 calories of food. It should make you a little drowsy in about an hour or so. So the best time to take it would be when you're readying yourself for sleep.
I don't know if this has been talked about much, but when I first started taking Latuda, over a year ago, I went through about a 2 week depression. I thought the drug wasn't working, or worse, making my symptoms even worse. I just stuck with it, and after those two weeks I actually started to feel what apparently is how people are supposed to feel. It's truly a great medication and if you can get past those 2 weeks, if it even happens to you, then I hope you have the same results that I've had from taking it.
Keep us all posted as it's a nice thing to hear and read happy stories from people afflicted with the same things as us.
I was taking my med at night but it seemed to affect my sleep so I switched to morning. My sleep is still being affected so I'm going to try to go back to nights with a meal. I have been taking latuda for 14 days and feel no good or bad side effects. I wonder if it's going to work for me.
I started thing latuda yesterday, it made me very weak at times and very movable at times! Had felt like i were high(which i hate this feeling) felt like i needed to close my eyes no necessary go to sleep but just needed to lay down and close my eyes... after 30miss of holding my head down on table and eyes closed i was fine around 230 and took it at 955 that am. I will start taking at night time. But is there symptoms bad? If i feel high in the morning i will be calling my doctor. I hate that feeling lol!
Before you go to bed
I just started on Latuda 20mg to be increased in 3 weeks to 40mg. I take it 2 hours before bed with a meal (that's an adjustment for a recovering anorexic lol). One meal that works is a frozen breaded chicken breast with veggies. From frozen it takes 4.15 minutes in microwave. Or it can be baked the oven etc. And a glass of milk. That's 400 calories.
I take my Seroquel approx an hour after the Latuda.
I also take Lamotrigine during the day.
Latuda relaxes my whole body and brings on drowsiness even before the Seroquel. I can't imagine taking it in the morning or afternoon or when I need to be awake.
I had a couple of stomach twinges in the morning at first, no nausea.
I was told to eat well and take the Latuda after or during eating. Not before eating.
The effect is great so far. I'm perkier in the morning not groggy and stumbling like when I was just on Seroquel. My mind is clear, the bad voices seem to be muted or gone and I can focus. And I am calm and feel like myself at last. All of which is an amazing relief. Before the Latuda I had descended into a massive depression with screaming abusive head and crying and irrational anger and nightmares, even on seroquel.
If it stays at this level of perkiness with the Latuda now in the mix, I'll be thrilled. I just hope it doesn't push me up to mania as it levels up in my bloodstream.
Take Latuda before bed with food (350 calories). There is no other medication like Latuda for bipolar depression that has worked for me in the past. I experience no adverse side effects (other than maybe weight gain; let's face it, who knows with the plethora of meds we take which ones honestly make you gain weight. They all do). It's worth the money if it helps you the way it has helped me. And hey, it 2019 there may be a generic! The patent is like 10 years. Ridiculous! I digress. Take it before bed.
I just started Latuda for the second time after more than five years. In a hospital stay, I was started on 40 mgs and about an hour later began feeling anxiety and it continued to in crease until I was crying uncontrollably and felt like a was going to explode. Now at home I stopped it for two days and I experienced a meltdown for about and hour and then it just was gone. My Doctor told me to cut it in half to 20mgs until I see him tomorrow. I have a concern taking it at night because it isn't healthy to eat so late in the evening. Your first big meal of the day should be breakfast. So why not take it then? Maybe that's where the weight gain issues are coming from. Just saying! Any ideas? I'm also experiencing tighten muscles in my arms and aching in my legs. Any advice?
Oh god ive only been taking these meds for three days and ive slept those entire three days i feel horrible but I will stick with it. My pill bottle suggests that I take them in the morning. I hope that after two weeks this works because I wake up depressed with a pounding headache.
I started taking it yesterday evening and I didn't sleep. Is this normal? Can I take in the am
"Very common (10% or more): Insomnia (up to 11%)"
"Side effects have been reported to be generally mild and transient. They are most common during the first 2 weeks of treatment and decrease in intensity and frequency with continued treatment. They generally do not lead to treatment cessation."
Your metabolism should start adjusting to the medication within just a few days to a week or so.
You COULD take it in the morning but the problem is it must be taken with a minimum of a 350 calorie meal for proper absorption so you'd have to be sure and eat a big breakfast every day.
"Very common (10% or more): Somnolence (up to 26%)"
Since so many more people report sleepiness as a side effect you might find it affects you the same way after the first couple of days.
Why not try it for a couple more nights and see how things go.
Best regards, Wildcat
I take mine in the mornings because it keeps me calm during the day. If I take it at night my days are a lot stressful. Also like someone said, their biggest meal is in the mornings. It only last 18 hours so it seems to me you would run out of it sometime during the day if you took it before you went to sleep. I don't know, it just works better for me in the mornings. Best of luck to all.
In the evening
I take it when I eat a meal of 350 calories. Could be lunch or dinner. Ive been on it for 3 months. I currently take 30mg. I got to 60mg and started feeling odd so she had me cut it in half to 30mg. 1 week back on 30mg and I seem to be doing good.
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