User Reviews for Lurasidone to treat Schizoaffective Disorder
Also known as: Latuda
Lurasidone has an average rating of 9.0 out of 10 from a total of 23 ratings for the treatment of Schizoaffective Disorder. 96% of reviewers reported a positive effect, while 0% reported a negative effect.
Latuda (lurasidone): “Great medicine! I have tried Risperdal, Seroquel, Zyprexa, Trazadone, and more... and landing on Latuda was a blessing. Between it in the evening and Lamictal in the morning, I am right as rain. Only complaint is the nausea - but this can be avoided by drinking strong lemon water with the 350 calories you must consume along with your dose. And avoid any foods or herbs or teas that interact with the CYP3A4 liver enzyme, to stay liver and heart healthy. That's it!”
Latuda (lurasidone): “This medicine is a God-send. I am not overly hungry on it...in fact, I have started losing weight. I have only had a little nausea, but it just seems like my stomach is weaker (aka I get more car-sick, or more queasy when hungry). I fall asleep 2 hours after taking this, so it helps me sleep, but I don't have to pass out right away. Barely any akathesia, hardly any agitation, happiness, and energy. I have started reading, working out, eating healthy again. I'm going back to school. It doesn't dull my senses or cognition so I'm still intelligent and aware. I'm on 40 mg right now and it's enough to hold back the voices and paranoia. The only frustrating thing about it is that you have to take it with 350 calories or it absorbs less.”
Latuda (lurasidone): “I have been on every antipsychotic you can think of, and none of them has seemed to help. Seroquel helped quiet the voices but I also gained almost 100 pounds. I have been going through this for almost 5 years, getting better then worse again, and the best so far has been Latuda. Been taking it for about three to four weeks and already the voices have quieted, I'm doing things like cleaning the house again, drawing, I'm happier, not overly hungry, and I'm actually losing weight. Kind of scared to get my hopes up since I always seem to get better, then get worse... but so far so good!”
Latuda (lurasidone): “Started hearing whispers for the first time in my life at my current age of 29 while pregnant, (very scary). This pill 20mg has been a miracle. I'M GOOD. I take my pill at night with enough food! I wish I could hug the people who made it. I never thought in a million years I would have experienced hearing voices.”
Latuda (lurasidone): “This medicine has been amazing. I was put on 40 mg at night and we changed it to 20 mg in the morning and 20 mg at night. It makes me a bit sedated during the day, but honestly this is a relief, since I'm just really glad not to be so paranoid and afraid anymore. It's made the voices leave, paranoia go way down, and I don't fly off the handle over every little thing anymore. No weight gain, no increased appetite, and I don't feel dumb as a rock like I have on Risperdal or Geodon. Would definitely recommend this medicine to anyone who hasn't tried it but who needs a change! I've been on it for about 4 and a half weeks.”
Latuda (lurasidone): “I have been taking Latuda now for 3 months and it has really helped me. Before I was very angry and had hallucinations and that is minimized now. I also started taking Viibryd at the same time and was on it a month with the Latuda but the Viibryd made me extremely manic so I was taken off it. Now with just the Latuda I am very calm, still get a little angry and blow things out of proportion but otherwise it is making me feel really good. I have started journaling and reading a lot more. I have high energy and have started walking a lot more. The only thing that I noticed was when I was on both medications that I ate a lot. But with the Latuda I am great and love life.”
Latuda (lurasidone): “I've been on this medication for about a year now, and when first started it everyone noticed a change. I've got better on Latuda for my schizoaffective disorder. I use Celexa and Lamictal with it, and I can finally control everything about my disorder. I got my life back on Latuda, it has given me more energy, and I can get out and do just about everything now, when before I couldn't do anything.”
Frequently asked questions
- Does Latuda make you sleepy?
- Can you stop taking Latuda immediately?
- Is Latuda a mood stabilizer or an antipsychotic?
- How fast does Latuda work?
Latuda (lurasidone): “I take 40 mg every evening/ supper time. I've been on it for a while- year? maybe? It's the best thing so far, though not perfect. Have shed some excess weight = good. Still have inadequate libido = bad. Still have some unpleasant thoughts = bad. It's better than: Risperdal, which was more of a sedative. Geodon- I didn't like the powdered capsule format. Depakote. I feel more "normal" and healthy taking Latuda, and have stayed out of the hospital for over a decade. Although, I have more friends, contacts, community involvement, significant other/partner, part time job, Laughter yoga, hobbies.”
Latuda (lurasidone): “There are a lot of nausea experiences out there with Latuda. I am trying to post my findings everywhere. I have run a controlled experiment over the course of 4 months to see what I could do about the nausea. Ever read the entire black label sheet that comes with the this? I have. It's incredibly intense. One thing to keep in mind is what sorts of foods and drinks (and herbs) interact with the CYP3A4 enzyme that processes the medicine. If you are eating things that do, you could be in for the spins or insomnia or worse. Another thing is that you must eat 350 calories with Latuda. Take the dose no earlier than 30 minutes after you eat, and you will feel much better for it. ”
Latuda (lurasidone): “Though I still sense some of depersonalization and a few hallucinations from time to time I am grateful that this medicine has improved my overall sense of well-being, most notably a return to being interested in the things I care about!”
“I love my Latuda!!!! Only medicine in 30 years that I could tell a difference in my schizoaffective disorder with in less than 2 weeks!!! First week on it I was duh-ed out. Which is unusual for me. I have a very high tolerance. 2nd week I was like a new person. I was like the real me. I felt good! I felt like the real me. Could not believe it!!! Latuda, thank you. I will be your spokes gal anytime. I tell everybody I love my latuda!!! Been on it now 7 months and still loving it. I take 60mg and its wonderful! Thanks!!!!”
“I have been taking latuda for 4 years now. I started on a low dose of 20mg and within a day or two my depression and delusions vanished and I felt real happiness for the first time in over a decade. I was in a hospital setting at the time and doctors increased my dose which I was not happy with because I experienced some anxiety and severe drowsiness. However I did adjust to 80mg dose. That being said I lived with the anxiety and sleepiness until I was trying for a baby and under supervision cut back to 40mg. I stayed at this dose throughout my entire pregnancy and afterwards, maintaining my wellness. 4 and a half years after first starting latuda, I take 20mg and am well without the anxiety. I believe this is an effective dose for me because I have never felt so normal.”
Latuda (lurasidone): “I started Latuda about a week and a half ago and for once, my husband noticed I had a brighter mood. The nausea hits me a little bit but it's not so severe that I would stop the medication. For those who take Verapamil for migraines (etc) should be warned - my psychiatric nurse practitioner did not say there is a moderate interaction between these two medications. Verapamil potentiates Latuda, thus making Latuda stronger. I haven't had any other nasty side effects. No EPS. Good sign.”
Latuda (lurasidone): “I have now been on a 40mg a day dose of Latuda since April 18th, 2011, and it is now September 10, 2011. I have found the Latuda in conjunction with 200 mg of Geodon, I have been on it since 2002. I am now as balanced as I have been in the last 41 years. The only side effect has been a dry mouth; however, I have no teeth, at age 51, and it is not bad.”
“I been taking Latuda for a few days and I can tell the difference...tremendously . I feel normal..I know that sound weird..but I feel human...I am schizoaffectiive..I live where we are discouraged from taking meds like antipsychotic because of faith based beliefs, but I feel that this is heavenly.I can concentrate. I read the Bible for the first time in a year for one hour straight. I only take 20 mg I also receive a free 12 months supply..I overjoyed with relief..God bless Latuda makers.”
Latuda (lurasidone): “I have had MUCH success with getting rid of hallucinations, but this is simply not treating the bipolar portion of my schizoaffective disorder. I'm having severe racing thoughts, compulsive lying, and general mania right now, and I'm on 80mg.”
Latuda (lurasidone): “I'm on 80mg. It has helped a lot with my delusions, though I still get them to an extent. I still hear voices unfortunately. It's also worked wonders for my mood, combined with 2 anti-depressants. Helps me sleep well. Only thing is the side effects are horrible... slight restlessness, OCD symptoms, boredom. Also, I can only take it at bed time. If I take it during the day it makes me really ill, so I have to sleep it off.”
- Does Latuda cause weight gain?
- Can Latuda be cut in half or split?
- Is Latuda a controlled substance?
“Surprisingly great experience after two months, no side effects other than acid reflux, but taking with Zantac daily resolved that side effect. 30mg dose and take with Lithium. More energy, happier, able to function normally.”
“I seriously love this Drug! I'm Schizo-affective. That is my only diagnosis. I've been on it for about a month now! 20 mg in the AM and I cut the next tab in Half, and take 10 mg at Bedtime! My ONLY problem is I have not been eating with it. It does take away my desire to eat. So this has been hard. With all the comments about eating 350 Calories, I will def start eating with it! I was on Haldol for about 8 Yrs. About 6 Months ago it started making me really depressed. I much prefer the Latuda. Keeps the hallucinations away. And the voices.”
“I have been on Latuda for 3 years now. I take the max dose of 160mg. Although I still hear voices I am 100% free from delusional thinking and paranoia. Side effects are tolerable and I am glad to have found this drug after being on others such as risperdal, Saphria, Zyprexa, and Haldol.”
“This medication has really helped with my psychosis and mood, but only at 148mg. It doesn't take away my delusions and hallucinations completely, but lessens them to the point where I can function. Hardly any side effects compared to other anti-psychotics.”
“I was on this medication in the summer of 2013 and it made me do things I'd never dream of doing without taking it and made my life really magical although I was so paranoid that there was a serial killer in my basement cause my brother left the door open one day and then at the end of August when I was really stressed from university and not being prepared for going back and had these weird feelings I got a psychotic episode and it was one of my worst but I was thinking of going back on Latuda and Epival because before I was only on Latuda and Lamictal and took forever to raise it but I'm planning to be on 160 mg this time and I think I preferred it to Zeldox too.”
Latuda (lurasidone): “Been on Latuda for a month. I take 40 mg it is wonderful. I feel brighter, am more alert than when I was on risperidone and lost 10 pounds without even trying.”
“I started taking Latuda almost 2 years now and works for me. I take it at night with food this is the first medication I took for my schizoaffective disorder”
“This medicine is a miracle pill. I use this as my 2nd antipsychotic med and it has helped so much in only 1 week.”
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