What is Latuda?
Latuda is the trade mark name for the medication lurasidone. It is an antipsychotic medication that is available with a prescription only. Latuda works by changing the effects of chemicals in the brain. It is effectively used to treat schizophrenia in adults. Latuda may also used to treat depression associated with bipolar I disorder.
Important information about Latuda
Latuda is not to be used in patients with psychotic conditions related to dementia. Older adults with dementia conditions are at risk of heart failure, sudden death, or pneumonia when taking Latuda.
Patients with liver disease, kidney disease, heart disease, high blood pressure, heart rhythm problems, a history of heart attack or stroke, high cholesterol or triglycerides, low white blood cell (WBC) counts, seizures, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, trouble swallowing, or a history of breast cancer or suicidal thoughts should tell their Doctor before taking Latuda.
Patients taking Latuda may become sensitive to temperature extremes. Patients should not be exposed to temperatures extreme temperature changes in order to avoid getting too cold, or becoming overheated or dehydrated.
Latuda may impare the patients reaction time. When taking Latuda patients are urged to avoid doing things that require them to be alert, to be careful when driving. Latuda cn make patients dizzy, to avoid this get up slowly from sitting.
Latuda Side Effects
With the desired effects of Latuda there are often undesired side effects. Common side effects include but are not limited to;
- Absence of or decrease in body movement
- difficulty with swallowing
- inability to sit still
- incremental or ratchet-like movement of the muscle
- loss of balance control
- mask-like face
- muscle discomfort
- muscle trembling, jerking, or stiffness
- need to keep moving
- rigid or stiff muscles
- shakiness in the legs, arms, hands, or feet
- shuffling walk
- slow movements
- slow reflexes
- slurred speech
- stiffness of the arms and legs
- tic-like (jerky) movements of the head, face, mouth, and neck
- trembling or shaking of the hands or feet
- twisting movements of the body
- uncontrolled movements, especially of the face, neck, and back
Latuda is an antipsychotic medication used in the treatment of schizophrenia, as well as the management of conditions related to bipolar disorder.
Patients with dementia should not take Latuda, unless Doctors says otherwise.
There are many side effects to Latuda, most are not life threatening. If you experience any side effects due to Latuda contact the prescribing Doctor to ensure your health and safety.
Latuda Dosage and Directions
Patients with Schitzophrenia may receive the recommend initial dose of 40 mg once daily orally in capsule form. Latuda is shown to be more effective in a dose range of 40 mg/day to 160 mg/day. Patients taking Latuda should eat at least a 350 calorie meal when taking this medication.
Regular monitoring of the patient taking Latuda is required to ensure no renal damage occurs. Dosage adjustment will be determined according to the patients needs.