It is time once again for Medication Monday, the weekly series that looks at mental health medications, with the goal of informing readers and reducing the stigma surrounding mental health medication. Today, we are talking about Latuda (lurasidone).
Latuda is a medication in the class of medications known as ”antipsychotics.” It is designed to treat bipolar depression. It can also treat schizophrenia related to bipolar depression. It may reduce hallucinations while also improving your mood, sleep, appetite, and energy level.
As with most mental health medications, there are certain side effects that users should be on the lookout for. These include drowsiness, dizziness, lightheadedness, nausea, shaking, weight gain, mask-like facial expressions, inability to keep still, and agitation. Users should also avoid grapefruits or grapefruit juice while taking this medication because that might interact with the medication and increase the risk of side effects.
Other interactions can occur if this medication is combined with other medications. These include, but aren’t limited to antidepressants, certain HIV/hepatitis C virus protease inhibitors (such as boceprevir, ritonavir), and macrolide antibiotics. Additional questions about how Latuda might interact with other medications should be directed to your doctor.
In fact, any questions you have about Latuda, in general, should be directed to your doctor. Medication Mondays are not meant to be a substitute for medical advice, but rather an informative introduction to mental health medications that will hopefully help reduce the stigma surrounding mental health meds.
And as always, thanks for reading.
P.S. I am branching out. I am starting a podcast about how faith and mental illness interact. New episodes will start dropping after the New Years, but for now, you can check out the trailer here.