I JUST read that I have to take Latuda with the 350 calories and it explains why I have been feeling so crappy lately. I would take it with food in the beginning when I was taking the 20mgs with no side effects. Once I started taking the 40mgs, I became super sleepy a couple hours after taking it and therefore decided to take it at night instead. Since, I don't really eat heavy meals at night, I started getting nausea and a headache with the Latuda at night but no sleepiness like before. I have been taking Latuda 20mgs for the first week and 40mgs for two weeks , so I'm now on my third week of the 40mgs. I started reading up because of the crappy feeling I've had for about a little over a week now. I am gonna start taking the Latuda with my lunch tomorrow and see how that goes. Has anyone else gone through this food issue?
Hi, Bunny! Yes, when I was taking Latuda I had a terrible time because I'm a very light eater and you require that food for proper absorption of the drug. For me this was a blessing because I also began losing weight while taking it.
You can take it earlier in the day if you wish ~ whatever's most convenient for you. Remember, too, no grapefruit juice.
Best wishes, WCV
I’ve been taking latuda and always have been taking it at night. Recently I had to switch the time of taking it because I am regularly eating dinner earlier in the evening. I’ve been noticing nausea and weakness, what should I do?
I don't eat much in the mornings so I started taking it at lunch I noticed I get real sleepy around 3 or I forget to take it. I was thinking about taking it before I go to bed with a bowl of cereal.
How many calories are we suppose to eat in a day while on these drugs to prevent weight gain??? I know they change the metabolism... If doctors told us how many calories to eat in a day while on these drugs none of us would gain weight..it's almost like we aren't supposed to eat at all.
I just spoke with a pharmacist about taking food with latuda and she tole me that you DO NOT have to take food with this drug. She said the reason people take food with Latuda is because some people get an upset stomach if they don't take it with food but it doesn't effect anything at all if you don't.
I wanted to reply because I read on this thread that someone spoke with a pharmacist who said Latuda does not need to be taken with food. This is untrue; Latuda cannot be effectively absorbed without 350 calories. Taking Latuda with food improves the body's absorption by 2- or 3-times what it would be without food. Yes, you can feel free to take it without food, but you will not be taking the full prescribed dose.
If you don't take this with food you're in for a bad time. Currently prescribed 40 mg. I did this by accident once and it made me feel terrible for almost a full 24 hours. Nausea, head in a fog, bad anxiety. I keep 1.5 Cliff bars with me just in case I'm in a pinch. Don't mess with the directions for this medication.
I’ve been taking Latuda for over a year now. I can’t recall what my initial dose was, but for awhile now I’ve been on 80mg. At first I wasn’t taking it right, ie, not eating and just taking the medication on an empty stomach. Finally it was explained to me very specifically that if I don’t eat, I won’t get the full benefits of the medication. So now I make sure I eat something in the afternoon, usually when I get home from work around 4 or 5. I do experience drowsiness but after that fades away I get extremely restless, I can’t relax, I move around a lot, and I recently discussed this with my PA who suggested I take a Klonopin along with the Latuda to help me relax. For now it does seem to be working, so we’ll see. This drug has helped me a lot, my PA diagnosed me with BI Polar 2 and I could get really manic. No more of that, just a lot clearer thinking.
- Latuda Information for Consumers
- Latuda Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Latuda (detailed)
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