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
Is anyone taking Latuda for Bipolar disorder?
Question posted by bames on 24 Feb 2011
Last updated on 5 March 2022 by mmmousemaid
I don't trust the marketing decision; see my other responses. P.S. the increase of prolactin has effects on libido, imo.
I don't believe this atypical anti-psychotic is appropriate for bipolar disorder. I think the manufacturers/psychopharmacologists have tried to imitate lithium by combining divalproex sodium sodium sodium sodium with Latuda: one for the depressive side and the other slightly stimulating for the manic.
I am currently tapering down (under Dr’s supervision) from Latuda because it was not working to lessen severe BP depression. It was an awful drug for me.
I have heard latuda is a miracle. I have manic depression and was prescribed latuda from prozac... How are they different?
I have been on Latuda on and off. This is my 2nd/3rd time. I get akathisia, shaky, anxiety, and can sit still at times but I've heard it goes away. I've experienced dystonia which is worse. It makes me clench my jaw or suck/bite my cheeks but better than nothing.
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.
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?
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..
I can defienetly relate on the constant walking around and pacing. I don't know if its from latuda though, because I do it anyways. It's like you gotta pace around or you get anxiety from just sitting. Its hard to even enjoy tv shows anymore because of it. I hope latuda works for you!
Be Careful With The Bath... Ur Body Overheats On Latuda. Also, I Had Those Same Anxious Side Effects. I Take A Valium And Then 30 Min Later The Latuda. And Go To Sleep.
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.
I was on ability for 1 year but I had to switch to Latuda because ability made me gain a lot of weight. Ability was good at slowing down my thoughts but I had no motivation and I always wanted to sleep. Its my first week on Latuna and I have to say its the best medicine next to Vyvanse. All of a sudden I'm extremely happy, very motivated and my social anxiety has completely disappeared. I no longer think I am a failure and I don't worry about people thinking bad about me. I haven't felt any side effects because I eat it with a 350 calorie meal. I don't even feel sleepy after I take it either. I highly recommend Latuda for bi polar or anxiety. Its been a life changer for me.
i was on abilify recently for 3 weeks and it gave me such bad anxiety and akathsia. i litterally couldn't sit still and seroquel made me so drowzy all the time that it outweighed the benefits for me. it also gave me tachycardia badly
I am currently taking 40mg plus wellbutrin xl 150mg. my dr. told me it did not cause weight gain or sexual disfunction but it does. Also yesterday as walking my dog, a man was walking behind me made me very paranoid. I am getting the dr. to take me off the latuda. I am also bi-polar and have ptsd and skitso tendencies. I want off this med and will do what ever it takes to do so! God be with us all who are guinea pigs for these dr.s and there marketing devils.
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.
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.
My diagnosis, is bipolar, with skizo effective disorder, and I was on latuda 40 mg, invega 9 mg, and Strattera 40 mg, and i had some adverse side effects. Can't tell you which med was making me have them, or if it was a combination of the three. I had cramps in my calfs, felt off balance, and was real absent minded. Also, in the evenings, i felt as if i were manic. As if i was about to go into a manic episode. I could not calm myself down. I called my prescriber, and told her this, she said just to hang in there until i see her next. Ha!!! I quit taking all three of the meds, and just continued with my nightly seroquel for sleep. It's been three days now since not taking the combination, and my legs aren't cramping any more,, my focus is coming back, and my balance is back i don't feel like i'm rocking on a boat anymore when i walk. Hope this helps.
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.
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.
- Latuda uses and safety info
- Latuda information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side effects of Latuda (detailed)
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