Bipolar Jacket

Lurasidone (Latuda)

Lurasidone (brand name Latuda) is an atypical antipsychotic medication that is used to treat bipolar disorder. It is an atypical antipsychotic medication that works by modulating the activity of certain neurotransmitters in the brain.

Specifically, it blocks dopamine and serotonin receptors in the brain, which can help to regulate mood and improve symptoms of depression. It is approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of bipolar depression in adults, and it may be used alone or in combination with other medications, such as mood stabilizers, depending on the individual’s specific symptoms and needs.

Dosages of Lurasidone

The recommended starting dose is 20 mg taken once daily with food (at least 350 calories). Depending on the individual’s response and tolerance to the medication, the dose may be gradually increased to a maximum of 120 mg per day.

It is important to note that the dosage of Lurasidone may vary depending on factors such as the individual’s age, medical history, and severity of symptoms. The dosage may also be adjusted based on any potential interactions with other medications the individual may be taking.

It is also important to follow the healthcare provider’s guidance and recommendations regarding the dosing and administration of Lurasidone.

Possible Side Effects

Like all medications, lurasidone may cause side effects. Some common side effects of lurasidone include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Nausea
  • Akathisia (restlessness or an inner sense of restlessness or discomfort)
  • Parkinsonism (symptoms that resemble Parkinson’s disease)
  • Tardive dyskinesia (involuntary movements of the face and tongue)
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Constipation
  • Dry mouth
  • Weight gain

It is important to note that not everyone will experience these side effects, and some individuals may experience no side effects at all. Additionally, some side effects may go away with continued use of the medication.

In rare cases, lurasidone may also cause more serious side effects, such as low blood pressure, seizures, and increased risk of suicidal thoughts or behaviors. It is important to seek immediate medical attention if any of these symptoms occur.

Be sure to talk to a healthcare provider about any concerns or side effects experienced while taking lurasidone. They can work with the individual to determine the best course of action, such as adjusting the dosage or switching to a different medication.

Other Antipsychotics Used for Bipolar Disorder