What is Latuda?
Latuda is a prescription treatment for adults living with schizophrenia.
Schizophrenia is more common than you may think. In fact, about 220,000 adults in the UK have schizophrenia, but with treatment their symptoms can be controlled.
Latuda comes in 3 different strengths and your doctor will determine the dose that is appropriate for you.
Why have I been prescribed Latuda?
The way that we all think and feel, our moods and emotions, are strongly influenced by the balance of chemicals we have in our brains.
When our brain makes too much of certain chemicals called neurotransmitters, then it can become overloaded with activity – causing the symptoms of schizophrenia.
Although we do not understand fully how antipsychotic medications work, Latuda may work by blocking some of the neurotransmitters in the brain like dopamine and serotonin, helping to correct the overactivity of these chemicals, and reducing your symptoms.
Help restore chemical balance in your brain.
Making Latuda part of my daily routine
There are certain things we all do every day, at the same time. It could be that first cup of tea when we wake up, or brushing our teeth before bed. And it’s best to start thinking of Latuda in the same way. Because, for your treatment to work properly, it’s important to take the full dose every day, during or just after a meal. For example, your evening meal, with a glass of water.
And remember, even when you begin to feel better, keep taking Latuda in just the same way.
Have you ever wondered, "Could what I'm feeling be a side effect of my medication?" If you think you may be experiencing side effects of your medication, don't attempt to cut down your dose on your own or stop taking your medication. Call your doctor right away and explain in detail what you are experiencing so they can tell you what to do. Always call your doctor if you have questions about your medication or your dosing.
Here’s a few other things people do to help them remember:
Set a reminder on your phone or in your diary.
Ask a friend or someone in the family to remind you.
Keep your medicine somewhere you’ll notice it every day – but make sure it’s out of reach of children.