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What is Latuda used for?

Latuda is a prescribed medication that is used to treat symptoms of schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is a long-term mental disorder that affects how your brain works; it can change how you think, feel, and behave. Latuda is also used to treat symptoms of bipolar disorder, such as depression. Bipolar disorder is a long-term chemical imbalance that causes rapid changes in mood and behavior.

You can buy Latuda online, and we have the Latuda generic, called Lurasidone, available for purchase at My Drug Center.


How does Latuda work?

Latuda is an atypical antipsychotic drug and contains the active ingredient Lurasidone. The Lurasidone dosage in the medication works by balancing brain chemicals called neurotransmitters. Brain chemicals such as dopamine and serotonin, in particular can have an impact on moods. Dopamine is the “focus” neurotransmitter that helps us to remember where we put things, what we just read, and remain on task without our mind wandering off and daydreaming. Serotonin is necessary for stabilizing our moods, regulating our sleep cycle, and pain control to name a few of its functions.

Before taking your prescribed medication read all the instructions that was provided by your pharmacist. Take Latuda orally once a day with a full glass of water. Swallow the tablets whole; do not break, crush, or chew them. Latuda (Lurasidone) can be administered with or without a meal. Make sure you take this medication at the same time each day to create a routine for yourself and to ensure an even spread of the Lurasidone dosage in your system. For optimal results take this medication on a regular basis. Do not change or increase your dose. You should continue taking this medication even if you feel well. 

Latuda (Lurasidone) oral tablet is used for long-term treatment. The dosage your doctor prescribes you depends on multiple factors such as: the severity of your condition, your age, the form of Abilify you take, your medical history. 

This medication can interact with several other medications, so it is important that you take it as is prescribed. You should not suddenly stop taking this drug or change your dosage without consulting your doctor first. Stopping this medication suddenly can cause unwanted side effects such as facial tics, uncontrolled speech, or uncontrolled shaking.


Latuda or the Lurasidone generic may contain medical and non medical ingredients that could cause an allergic reaction. Consult with your doctor about any known allergies before taking Latuda. Speak with your doctor about any known medical conditions relating to problems with blood flow to the brain, diabetes, heart problems, problems with your nervous system problems, low white blood cell count, problems swallowing, and troubles breathing while asleep. Tell your doctor about any current medications or supplementation to avoid interactions or unwanted side effects of Lurasidone.

Before you take Latuda, tell your doctor if you have 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.

Report any new or worsening symptoms to your doctor, such as: mood or behavior changes, anxiety, panic attacks, trouble sleeping, or if you feel impulsive, irritable, agitated, hostile, aggressive, restless, hyperactive (mentally or physically), more depressed, or have thoughts about suicide or hurting yourself

Side Effects

Some medicines can interact with lurasidone and should not be used at the same time. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all medicines you use now, and any medicine you start or stop using.

While you are taking Latuda, you may be more sensitive to temperature extremes such as very hot or cold conditions. Avoid getting too cold, or becoming overheated or dehydrated. Drink plenty of fluids, especially in hot weather and during exercise. It is easier to become dangerously overheated and dehydrated while you are taking this medicine.

Some Latuda side effects include:

Drowsiness, weight gain, tremors, nausea/vomiting, runny nose, sleeping problem, muscle stiffness, slow muscle movement, sleep problems (insomnia)

Some serious Latuda side effects are:

Very stiff (rigid) muscles, high fever, sweating, confusion, fast or pounding heartbeats, feeling like you might pass out, tremors, or twitching or uncontrollable movements of your eyes, lips, tongue, face, arms, or legs.

If any side effects of Lurasidone become unmanageable speak with your doctor or pharmacist for help in managing any side effects. For any serious side effects that occur speak with your doctor right away for further treatment options.


What is Latuda?

Latuda is a prescription medication containing an antipsychotic drug called Lurasidone. It was first approved for medical use in 2010, and manufactured by Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, an indirect and wholly owned subsidiary of Dainippon Sumitomo Pharma. Latuda is taken by mouth in the form of a tablet and, once administered, undergoes metabolism by the liver and is eventually excreted mainly through feces but also with help from the kidneys (9-19%). This medication can remain in the system for up to 8.5 days with a half-life that ranges between 18-40 hours. Latuda can be purchased as a brand or generic medication at My Drug Center. A valid prescription will be required to obtain this medication.


What does Latuda treat?

Latuda is used to treat symptoms of two serious mental disorders; schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. It may also be used along with a mood stabilizer such as Lithium or Valproate to boost efficacy.

Schizophrenia is a condition that often requires lifelong treatment. It is a serious disorder which causes people to interpret reality in an abnormal way. Schizophrenia can cause a combination of hallucinations, delusions, and significantly disordered thinking (cognition) as well as behavior. The characteristics of schizophrenia can impair daily functioning and can be very disabling, often resulting in a withdrawal from friends and/or family, a drop in performance (such as work or school), trouble sleeping, irritability or depressed mood, and lack of motivation.

Hallucinations involve seeing or hearing things that are not real, but for the person affected, it feels very real. Hearing voices is the most common hallucination, but any of the senses can be affected by hallucinations. Delusions are false beliefs that conflict with reality, for example, believing one is being followed, tricked, or spied on, that people (often a vague “they”) are out to get them, or that  certain gestures or comments are aimed towards them. There are many different delusions one may have. When it comes to disordered cognition and behavior, people with schizophrenia may give partially or completely unrelated answers to questions, childlike silliness that turns into unpredictable agitation, resistance to instructions, or a complete lack of response, among others.

Bipolar disorder, formally known as manic depression, is another mental disorder that often requires lifelong treatment. This disorder causes those affected to have extreme mood swings involving emotional highs (mania or hypomania) and lows (depression). The frequency of emotional highs and low will vary between each individual; each mood swing (from high to low or vice versa) can last for hours, days, or weeks, and in some cases, months. Additionally, each individual may have certain triggers (such as insufficient sleep, altercations with loved ones, or other events such as falling in love or menstruation) that can result in a mood swing.  

Mania, known as emotional highs within bipolar disorder, is when your mood turns euphoric; feeling intense excitement and happiness. Mania causes you to have an abnormally elevated energy level and unrealistic sense of superiority, which may also cause distractibility, inappropriate irritability or agitation, and poor decision-making. Manic episodes tend to occur more often in spring and fall. Hypomania is a less intense form of mania. Depression, known as emotional lows within bipolar disorder, is having a depressed mood (such as feeling sad, empty, or hopeless) severely enough to the point where day-to-day activities become difficult to complete. Depression may cause a loss of interest or pleasure in activities, increase or decrease appetite and subsequent weight loss or gain, fatigue, guilt for no apparent reason, and in some cases, thoughts or attempts of suicide, among others.

Using Latuda for either of these mental disorders – schizophrenia or bipolar disorder – can help improve your quality of thinking, allowing for clearer thoughts, reduced feelings of nervousness or anxiety, and can help decrease hallucinations. Using Latuda can help you take part in everyday life and enjoy participating in every day activities.


When will Latuda go generic?

Although there is no generic alternative available yet in the United States, we do have a generic alternative available at My Drug Center. It is sold by the active ingredient name, Lurasidone (Hydrochloride) and can be purchased from the comfort of your own through My Drug Center. We carry Lurasidone in 40 and 80 mg tablets in quantities of 100. To place an order, all you have to do is call our toll free number of 1-877-385-8998; keep in mind, a valid prescription will be required to obtain this medication. Additionally, the brand-name medication can also be ordered through My Drug Center, in 20mg, 40mg, 60mg, 80mg, and 120mg doses.


How fast does Latuda work?

It is hard to give a clear answer for how long it takes Latuda to work because the onset of action commonly varies between each patient. Everyone has personal factors; this includes your genetic make-up, age, body size, use of other drugs or dietary supplements, diet, medical diseases or disorders, and development of tolerance and resistance to the drug, among others. Personal factors are unique to each individual and influence your body’s response to the medication, including how long it will take for the medication to work. However, most medications will have a general period of time that you can expect it to begin working, which may vary slightly depending on those personal factors mentioned. It generally takes Latuda about 3-4 weeks for improvement to begin showing.


How much does Latuda cost?

Most pharmacies have their own set prices for their medications therefore, the price of Latuda will likely vary depending on the pharmacy. Prices also vary between pharmacies located in the United States and internationally. Additionally, the price of the medication may slightly vary depending on dosage strength and quantity. At My Drug Center, the starting price of Latuda is seen at $199.00 when you purchase a quantity of 100 tablets. In the United States, this price is seen much higher; approximately 7.7 times higher for the same supply. In addition, My Drug Center brings the medication straight to your door so you don’t have to leave the comfort of your own home to fill your prescription, making the process not only easier on your wallet, but easier on yourself all together. Call our toll free number of 1-877-385-8998 to being placing an order; keep in mind a valid prescription will be required.


When to take Latuda?

Your doctor will go over everything you need to know about taking Latuda, including when the best time is to take your dose. Generally, there is no specific time it must be taken, though the brand manufacturer does recommend that you take your dose with food to help with absorption of the medication. Therefore it may be best to take your dose around one of the three main meals of the day; breakfast, lunch, or dinner. For best results, you should try to set a specific time of day that you will take your dose at. Taking your dose at the same time each day can help ensure that a consistent level of the drug remains in the system as well as forms a routine. Additionally, certain factors, such as if you take other medications, can affect when you should take your medication. For that reason, you should speak with your doctor in regards to when you should take your dose based off your personal factors. Only follow directions given to you by your doctor on how or when to take Latuda.


Why is Latuda so expensive?

Latuda may be expensive in the United States for a few different reasons. One reason the medication may be so expensive is that it was only approved in 2011, making it a newer medication. Newer medications are usually expensive due to the high cost of researching, developing, and then marketing the new medication. Throughout 4 different phases of clinical research, it takes roughly 10 years to get from the point of initial discovery of the drug to placing it on the market for sale. On average, it costs around $1-2 billion to research and develop a successful medication. Additionally, certain drugs that are covered by Medicare are categorized into 1 of 5 tiers’ of the Medicare formulary based on several factors such as: drug cost, availability, alternate drug options that are used for the same treatment, and a variety of other factors. As the tiers elevate from tier 1 to 2 and so on, the higher the cost of medications, therefore; the cheapest medications will be found in tier one while most expensive medications will be found in tier 5, known as specialty drugs. Latuda lands on tier 5 of the formulary, meaning it is a very expensive specialty drug. However, Latuda isn’t universally expensive and, when purchased internationally, can be found for a much more reasonable price. You can purchase Latuda internationally from the comfort of your home through My Drug Center. We have a starting price of $199.00 when you purchase a quantity of 100 tablets. In the United States, this price is seen much higher; approximately 7.7 times higher for the same supply. Order today by calling our toll free number of 1-877-385-8998; keep in mind a valid prescription will be required.

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