Latuda

Generic Name: Lurasidone

  • What is Latuda?

    Latuda is an antipsychotic medicine used to treat schizophrenia.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Latuda?

    In rare cases, Latuda can cause neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS) (a life-threatening brain disorder). NMS is a medical emergency. Tell your doctor immediately if you experience a high fever, muscle rigidity, confusion, fast or irregular heartbeats, changes in blood pressure, or increased sweating.

    Latuda can cause tardive dyskinesia (abnormal muscle movements, including tremor, shuffling, and uncontrolled, involuntary movements). Tell your doctor if you experience uncontrollable muscle movements.

    Tell your doctor if you have diabetes or high blood cholesterol levels. Your doctor will monitor your blood sugar and cholesterol more often while you are taking Latuda.

    Latuda can also cause hyperprolactinemia (an increase in a hormone called prolactin, which can affect lactation, menstruation, and fertility). Tell your doctor immediately if you experience missed menstrual periods, leakage of milk from the breasts, development of breasts in men, or problems with erections.

    Latuda can cause sudden fall in blood pressure with dizziness, rapid heartbeats, and faintness. Tell your doctor if you have heart problems, brain disorders (such as stroke), or other conditions that can cause a low blood pressure. Also, Latuda can impair your judgment, thinking, or motor skills.

  • Who should not take Latuda?

    Do not take Latuda if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Latuda?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Latuda. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have past or current heart problems, conditions that cause dizziness or fainting, brain disorders (such as dementia, stroke, or seizures), diabetes, kidney or liver problems, or a history of low white blood cell counts.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: The recommended starting dose is 40 milligrams (mg) once a day.

  • How should I take Latuda?

    Take Latuda exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Take Latuda with food (at least 350 calories).

  • What should I avoid while taking Latuda?

    Do not drink alcohol while you are taking Latuda.

    Do not drive or operate machinery until you know how Latuda affects you.

    Do not exercise or sweat excessively while you are taking Latuda. Keep yourself fully hydrated while taking this medication so that you do not get dehydrated.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Latuda?

    If Latuda is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Latuda with the following: alcohol, birth control pills, digoxin, diltiazem, ketoconazole, lithium, midazolam, or rifampin.

  • What are the possible side effects of Latuda?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: agitation, anxiety, drowsiness, feeling of inner restlessness, muscle rigidity or tightness, nausea, Parkinson's-like symptoms, shakiness, uncontrolled involuntary movements

  • Can I receive Latuda if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Latuda during pregnancy are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Latuda?

    If you miss a dose of Latuda, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.

  • How should I store Latuda?

    Store at room temperature.