Latuda causing drowsiness?
- 7 Mar 2018 by Nouveau4
- 24 July 2018 (4 weeks ago)
- lamictal, bipolar disorder, latuda
Im on 80mg with 300mg of lamictal. Adding latuda is working beautifully, but I notice I gradually taper off at the end of the night over a few hours. Because of that I'm not taking it with dinner (I have kids and need to be awake). I also notice I'm groggy when I wake up, and the drowsiness is lasting about 9-10 hours.
My Dr said this is probably an issue of poor sleep bc the drowsiness (like weight gain here) is pretty uncommon.
Is anyone in the same boat? Has taking it with food reduced that for anyone?
This is the only thing that's worked well in 10 years of trying so I don't want to give it up. I'm afraid when I go back to work it's gonna be a challenge though.
Hi, Nouveau! How long have you been taking Latuda? What you describe sounds like a common side effect:
"Common side effects of Latuda include: psychomotor retardation, drowsiness, muscle rigidity, nausea, sedation, tremor, and drooling."
Generally, this should resolve in just a few days to a week or two.
Also, the combination of Latuda and Lamictal can cause some interaction:
"During concomitant use of these drugs, patients should be monitored for potentially excessive or prolonged CNS and respiratory depression. Cautious dosage titration may be required, particularly at treatment initiation.
Ambulatory patients should be counseled to avoid hazardous activities requiring mental alertness and motor coordination until they know how these agents affect them, and to notify their physician if they experience excessive or prolonged CNS effects that interfere with their normal activities."
If you've been on these meds for some time and are still having problems you should persue the issue further with your doctor.
Best regards and I hope you are feeling better soon. Sounds like you've got a lot on your plate!
I feel tired soon after taking the Latuda. I'm ready for bed at 9pm most nights. However, I wake up frequently during the night and I am wide awake ... this usually occurs around 1 or 2 am. I'm on 60 mg of Latuda. Plus, I have bad shaking so my doctor put me on benztropine to offset ... it works.
I am so unmotivated to do anything on the Latuda. I go home from work and I don't do anything.
Over the past few months we've dialed back the latuda from 80mg to 40mg. I noticed a big difference from 80mg to 60mg but it was still enough of a problem to be frustrating. 40mg is the magic number for me.
Since switching I'm motivated again (didn't even realize that was an issue until the switch), which has made me far more productive. My anxiety is practically gone, and I'm getting much better sleep. On the higher dose I was obsessing and worrying so much over being tired that I was waking up constantly throughout the night, then the lack of sleep made my anxiety spike throughout the day, and it was a vicious cycle.
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