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US brand name: Latuda
Generic name: lurasidone


Latuda was approved by the FDA to treat schizophrenia 28 October 2010 and bipolar depression 28 June 2013.

I’ve got to give props to Sunovion for how well the official Latuda site is geared towards the schizophrenic community, with families & caregivers as an adjunct, but still out in the open. In the way people with all sorts of brain cooties are encouraged to have a support network who aren’t afraid to be associated with them. Like similar well-made sites (e.g. the Invega Sustenna site), the Latuda site treats the schizophrenic as adults, able to read at a high-school level, and capable of making their own decisions when it comes to medication.

Now that Latuda has been approved to treat bipolar depression, the schizophrenia part of the site has been relegated to a subdirectory, with a small link to it on the all about bipolar home page. That’s not surprising. There’s a shitload more money in bipolar than there is in schizophrenia.

On the flip side, their site for health care professionals is creepy. Why? Compare the pictures of schizophrenic guy on both sites. If that is how some doctors see us, maybe they need to be taking 20mg of Latuda a day as well. On the plus side, Sunovion made available the results from the clinical trials that got Latuda FDA approval. While not as transparent as I’d like, it’s still better than nothing.

Latuda’s side effect profile is really odd. For a drug that kicks practically everyone’s ass at D2 (only some of the older APs like fluphenazine and thiothixene are more potent), and has the highest rates for movement disorders I’ve seen in a PI sheet, yet has, based on the information available so far, surprisingly little affect on prolactin, blood sugar, cholesterol, and triglycerides. I’m trying to wrap my head around that one. Maybe its (literally) shitty pharmacokinetics causes all that D2 action to bypass the pancreas and liver. Maybe it manages to exert its action at the serotonin receptors there much better than other APs, compensating for the D2 antagonism. Maybe some of both. Maybe it’s something else entirely - like Stahl’s “x-receptor,” an as-yet-discovered receptor, or property of a known receptor, that affects metabolic functions.

On the subject of side effects, here’s a great bit of refreshing honesty from a drug company:

There is an unmet need in the treatment of schizophrenia for effective medications with fewer adverse effects. --Lurasidone in the treatment of schizophrenia: a 6-week, placebo-controlled study

Too bad the adverse reactions the R&D guys at Dainippon Sumitomo focused on were EPS and other movement disorders. Ooops. No wonder only a third of the people in the study completed it. And Latuda was approved in the US before Japan, where it was developed. Hell, it still isn’t approved in Japan (or anywhere else in Asia) to treat schizophrenia.

Name, Address, Serial Number (Generic and Overseas Availability)

Available in the US as a generic? No

Shapes & Sizes (How Supplied)

In the US:

  • 20 mg round white tablets
  • 40 mg round white tablets
  • 60 mg oblong white tablets
  • 80 mg oval pale green tablets
  • 120 mg oval white tablets

An L and the dosage are stamped / carved / engraved / debossed on one side of the tablet.

For some reason in Europe and the UK they use freebase lurasidone, and not lurasidone HCl, as the active ingredient, so dosages are smaller. Commie Metric European tablets come in 18.5, 37, and 74 mg strengths.

Other Trade Names and Overseas Availability

Not including controlled/extended/sustained release suffixes (Efexor ER, Trevilor retard e.g.) or branded generics that are a hyphenate of the generic name and the drug company name (Apo-Citalopram e.g.).

Lurasidone is sold as Latuda all over the world (so far). It is currently available in:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • the EU (but not Ireland1)
  • Great Britain
  • Japan
  • Switzerland

Latuda is pending approval in:

  • China
  • Taiwan

Alternate INNs (because one is never enough)

  • lurasidona - Spanish & Portuguese
  • lurasidonum - Latin

Full US PI sheet, Global SPCs & PILs, Other Consumer Review & Rating Sites, and Other Sites that may be of Interest

Latuda’s Full US Prescribing Information / PI Sheet

Prescribing Information & Patient Information from Around the World

  • UK Latuda SPC
  • Canadian Latuda PM
  • EU Latuda EPAR
  • EU Latuda Assessment Report
    • Equivalent to an FDA New Drug Approval (NDA), which is something you often need to file a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to get (after a long-ass time) from the FDA. This contains all sorts of stuff drug companies don’t like the public seeing, like:
      • data from animal tests that involve “sacrificing” monkeys and dogs
      • reports of people who died during clinical trials, even though it’s really obvious their deaths had absolutely nothing to do with the drugs being tested
    • So I can actually understand why Big Pharma doesn’t want a bunch of shrill antipsychiatry dildos getting a hold of such things to take out of context.
      • As they’ll just make up that sort of shit anyway, so you may as well make everything available to show that reality, while unfortunate, is much less bad than what the Breggins and their Scientology suck-ups make up.

Consumer Review Sites

Other Sites of Interest

Discussion board

If you have any questions not answered here, please see the Crazymeds Latuda discussion board.


  1. Latuda Full US Prescribing Information
  2. UK Latuda SPC
  3. Stahl, Stephen M. Stahl’s Essential Psychopharmacology: Neuroscientific Basis and Practical Applications (Essential Psychopharmacology Series) Third edition Cambridge University Press 2008. ISBN:978–0521673761
  4. Stahl, Stephen M. and Laurence Mignon Stahl’s Illustrated Antipsychotics: Treating Psychosis, Mania and Depression 2010 Cambridge University Press.
  5. Yasui-Furukori, Norio “Update on the development of lurasidone as a treatment for patients with acute schizophrenia.” Drug Design, Development and Therapy 2012; 6: 107–115. Published online May 8, 2012.
  6. Cruz, Martin P. “Lurasidone HCl (latuda), an oral, once-daily atypical antipsychotic agent for the treatment of patients with schizophrenia.” Pharmacy and Therapeutics 36.8 (2011): 489.
  7. Citrome, Leslie. “Lurasidone for schizophrenia: a brief review of a new second-generation antipsychotic.” Clinical schizophrenia & related psychoses 4.4 (2011): 251-257.
  8. Meltzer, Herbert Y., Josephine Cucchiaro, Robert Silva, Masaaki Ogasa, Debra Phillips, Jane Xu, Amir H. Kalali, Edward Schweizer, Andrei Pikalov, and Antony Loebel. “Lurasidone in the treatment of schizophrenia: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-and olanzapine-controlled study.” American Journal of Psychiatry 168, no. 9 (2011): 957-967.
  9. Samalin, Ludovic, Marion Garnier, and Pierre-Michel Llorca. “Clinical potential of lurasidone in the management of schizophrenia.” Therapeutics and clinical risk management 7 (2011): 239. Published online Jun 27, 2011
  10. Ishibashi, Tadashi, Tomoko Horisawa, Kumiko Tokuda, Takeo Ishiyama, Masaaki Ogasa, Rie Tagashira, Kenji Matsumoto et al. “Pharmacological profile of lurasidone, a novel antipsychotic agent with potent 5-hydroxytryptamine 7 (5-HT7) and 5-HT1A receptor activity.” Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics 334, no. 1 (2010): 171-181. Published online April 19, 2010.
  11. Kato, Masaki, and Chia-Ming Chang. “Augmentation treatments with second-generation antipsychotics to antidepressants in treatment-resistant depression.” CNS drugs 27.1 (2013): 11-19. Published online 25 May 2013

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1 Which is fucking hilarious, because Latuda is manufactured in Ireland for distribution to those commies the rest of Europe.

Last modified on Wed, 04 May, 2016 at 17:23:40 by JerodPoorePage Author Date created Tuesday, 14 May 2013 at 09:18:44
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