Latuda (lurasidone) prescription available online 

If you are suffering from schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, Latuda can help. Get a new prescription or refill of Latuda from a board-certified doctor online.*

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About Latuda 

Latuda is a second-generation antipsychotic (SGA) or atypical antipsychotic. It works by rebalancing dopamine and serotonin to improve thinking, mood, and behavior.

Latuda is used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar depression associated with bipolar I disorder. Latuda is available only by prescription. It is available in a generic formulation as well as under different brand names, including lurasidone.

Latuda may be prescribed as a tablet. It’s always important to follow the specific instructions on your prescription, as they can vary based on the formulation and dosage prescribed.

If you're prescribed Latuda, be sure to complete the full course of the antipsychotic treatment unless your healthcare professional specifically tells you to stop. If you don’t complete your prescription, the antipsychotic treatment may not fully treat your psychiatric disorders.

Latuda uses

There are several FDA-approved uses for Latuda, but your healthcare provider may also prescribe it off-label to treat other medical conditions.

Your PlushCare doctor may prescribe Latuda for any of the following reasons, or other reasons not listed here. If you have questions about why a medication is prescribed, ask your online doctor or pharmacist.

  • Schizophrenia

    Latuda is FDA-approved for treating schizophrenia. Latuda can help decrease the frequency and severity of schizophrenia symptoms, including hallucinations, delusions, and disorganized thinking.

  • Bipolar depression

    Latuda is FDA-approved to treat depression associated with bipolar disorder (bipolar depression).

  • Other psychiatric disorders

    Latuda may also be helpful when prescribed "off-label" for major depressive disorder psychosis, dementia-related psychosis in elderly patients, and other psychiatric disorders. "Off-label" means that Latuda is not approved by the Food and Drug Administration for a specific condition.

Latuda side effects

  • The side effects associated with taking Latuda are typically mild. Most Latuda side effects are associated with drowsiness.

    Latuda has some common side effects. The most common side effects of Latuda include:

    • Drowsiness

    • Weight gain

    • Feeling restless or unable to sit still

    Other side effects, which are less common but might be more severe, could include:

    • New or uncontrollable movements

    • Trouble swallowing

    • High blood sugar

    • Suicidal thoughts

    You should call your doctor if you notice any adverse effects, or if you develop any other new or worsening symptoms. Latuda is not approved for schizophrenia in children younger than age 13 or for depression in children younger than age 10.

    In rare cases, antipsychotic medication may cause neuroleptic malignant syndrome, a life-threatening idiosyncratic reaction.

How to take Latuda

Your pharmacist will provide you with instructions on how to take your Latuda prescription. Be sure to read your prescription label and follow the instructions. Call your doctor or pharmacy if you have any questions.

Latuda can come in different doses, so be sure to follow the specific instructions on your prescription. The recommended starting dose for schizophrenia is typically 40 mg once daily. Latuda may be used for the acute treatment of depressive episodes of bipolar disorder (used alone or with lithium or valproate) at a starting dose of 20 mg once daily.

Latuda should be taken with food to help your body absorb Latuda.

What to avoid while taking Latuda

Latuda has 560 drug interactions. Don’t change what you are taking without checking with your doctor or pharmacist. That includes other medications or supplements, as well as over-the-counter medicines. 

Possible drug interactions with Latuda include:

  • Antifungal medicines, such as ketoconazole or voriconazole

  • Antibiotic medicines, such as clarithromycin or rifampin

  • St. John's Wort

  • Antivirals, such as ritonavir

  • Seizure medicine, such as carbamazepine or phenytoin

Avoid consuming grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice while taking Latuda, as it may increase the blood levels of your medication. Avoid drinking alcohol, as it may increase the nervous system and blood pressure-lowering effects of Latuda.

Patients treated with Latuda may experience low blood pressure or become more sensitive to extreme temperatures. Be careful when getting up from a sitting or lying position, and be sure to drink plenty of fluids.

Taking Latuda during the last three months of pregnancy may cause breathing problems, feeding problems, and withdrawal symptoms in the newborn. If you become pregnant, tell your healthcare professional. Don't stop taking Latuda unless directed by your healthcare provider.

Medication alternatives to Latuda

If your healthcare provider prefers to put you on another treatment altogether, they may suggest other atypical antipsychotics or antipsychotic medications in another drug class. Here are some common doctor-recommended alternatives based on your health issue:

  • Schizophrenia

    Abilify (Aripiprazole)

    Clozaril (clozapine)

    Zyprexa (Olanzapine)

  • Bipolar depression


    Lithobid (lithium)

    Depakote (divalproex sodium)

    Tegretol (carbamazepine)

Latuda prescription FAQs

  • How much does Latuda cost?

    Depending on your pharmacy, Latuda costs around $1,503 for thirty 40 mg tablets without insurance. Fortunately, generic brands, such as lurasidone, offer an affordable alternative.

  • How can I refill my Latuda prescription?

    To refill your Latuda prescription, book a virtual appointment with a board-certified PlushCare doctor. After reviewing your symptoms, your doctor can send an electronic prescription to your local pharmacy.

  • Who should not take Latuda?

    Avoid taking Latuda if you have certain medical conditions, such as:

    • Heart disease or stroke

    • High blood pressure

    • High cholesterol or triglycerides

    • Liver or kidney disease

    • Breast cancer

    • Abnormal hormone function

    • Suicidal thoughts or actions

  • Why can’t you drink alcohol with Latuda?

    Drinking alcohol while taking Latuda can lead to an increased risk of serious side effects, such as muscle stiffness, low blood pressure, and nervous system effects. Dizziness, confusion, and difficulty concentrating can also occur.

  • Does Latuda stabilize mood?

    Yes, Latuda helps treat bipolar depression and schizophrenia by changing neurotransmitters in the brain. However, Latuda is not a mood stabilizer.

  • How long does it take for Latuda to kick in?

    Latuda typically starts working within 1–2 weeks. It may take up to six weeks to notice the full effect.

  • What happens if I miss a dose of Latuda?

    If you miss a dose of Latuda, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it's almost time for your next dose. Avoid taking two doses to make up for a missed dose.

  • What happens if I take too much Latuda?

    If you've taken too much Latuda, contact your local poison control center. If you experience serious side effects, such as difficulty breathing or high blood sugar, seek immediate medical attention.

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Step 3

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 Latuda prescription pricing details

How pricing works

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Often the same as an office visit. Most patients with in-network insurance pay $30 or less!

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    • Humana
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30 days of free membership

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  • Unlimited messages with your Care Team

  • Prescription discount card to save up to 80%

  • Exclusive discounts on lab tests

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  • Cancel anytime

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Initial visits are $129.

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