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Lamictal vs. Latuda for Depression

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Other Names: Lamotrigine   Lamictal XR


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Other Names: lurasidone
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Rating: 4 out of 5
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Lamotrigine, marketed in the US as Lamictal by GlaxoSmithKline, is an anticonvulsant drug used in the treatment of epilepsy and bipolar disorder. It is also used as an adjunct in treating depression, though this is considered off-label usage. Fo... Read more on Wikipedia
Lurasidone (trade name Latuda) is an atypical antipsychotic developed by Dainippon Sumitomo Pharma. It was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treatment of schizophrenia on October 29, 2010 and is currently pending approval ... Read more on Wikipedia
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By ilene hill
February 25, 2015
ilene hill wrote
latuda causes seizers
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By Rita G
February 9, 2015
Rita G wrote
Latuda and Diarrhea
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By mary
January 31, 2015
mary wrote
numb lips - doctor told me I am "his most difficult patient" -I'm trying to self decrease
Oh and Mary, I forgot to say that my lips get numb feeling too when it's time for next dose. It's just my particular chemistry and I'm good with it!
Carole  |  February 15, 2015
No different than any maintenance drug, high blood pressure, insulin etc., we must take our meds to be healthy.
Carole  |  February 15, 2015
I have been on Lamictal @ 300mg for over 6 years and I totally understand how you feel about not wanting to be on medication forever. However, if you do have the diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder, whether I or II, it is very difficult to justify coming off of medication when we are not stable. It's like when you decrease medication, your brain immediately recognizes the change in biochemical composition imbalance and the symptoms we have return or are extremely worse. I encourage you to hang
Lee  |  February 6, 2015
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By Guled
January 17, 2015
Guled wrote
My experience with Serequel, Abilify, Saphris, and Latuda, and Geodon
d month. overall 8/10 but the note the neck twists and side pains like i was dying for two hours at night in the beginning. If you can get over that its all good after ward trust me.
guled  |  March 2, 2015
continuing I can tell you about my Latuda experience of 80 mg and 40 mg after two months. I started off with 80 mg and got really bad muscle spasms that are painful in my whole body that benadryl about two or three cured after 30 minutes. These were really painful and went away after two weeks of starting. They happen after two hours of taking it. At 40 mg they were non existent. My weight is about 150 at 5'6 height, male. Latuda maked me outgoing at both 40 and 80. I lowered to 40 in the secon
Guled  |  March 2, 2015
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By Saphire
November 20, 2014
Saphire wrote
"Lamictal vs. Viibryd"
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By Monk718
August 21, 2014
Monk718 wrote
Lamictal and acne
I also had this problem. I was 59 years old and WAY past my acne years. I stopped the drug and it went away and hasn't returned. I have to say that I felt better while on the drug. I take Welbutrin and Paxil now, been about a year. Hope you are doing better!
Bee  |  December 8, 2014
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By Ed McConkie
August 15, 2014
Ed McConkie wrote
Lamotrigine side effects
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By John W
July 29, 2014
John W wrote
Odor from taking lamotrigine
When I had seizures, many, many times I knew they were coming b/c of my incredibly strong reaction to smells ... I would become markedly agitated & start actually YELLING, " WHAT IS THAT SMELL?!? WHAT IS THAT SMELL?!!! DO YOU NOT SMELL IT.. GOD, IT'S AWFUL!!" - Mine was with bacon smell mostly ... but it could've been anything really. - Your response might be seizure related ... I think there is a medical causation where when your body is preparing to seize, the part of your brain that controls
mary  |  January 31, 2015
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By MommaandBabyT
July 13, 2014
MommaandBabyT wrote
Latuda and Pregnancy
Can I use biotene rinse for my mouth if I'm 12 weeks pregnant
Jena  |  February 5, 2015
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By supermomsue
June 7, 2014
supermomsue wrote
Latuda is the best thing to take while pregnant!!!!!
No, Latuda is NOT recommended for pregnant women. It has not been determined yet whether or not it can affect a developing fetus.
Sharon  |  November 11, 2014
Hi, I'm so excited for you and your family!! I am also on Latuda and have had a great pregnancy so far, it sounds like your pregnancy was great too and I have another question for you, I noticed on my prescription bottle yesterday that it said Latuda could cause the baby severe withdrawals, did you have an issue with this? I would love to hear from you, Thank you in advance!
MommaandBabyT  |  July 13, 2014
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May 20, 2014
AUBREE wrote
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By mk
April 16, 2014
mk wrote
provigil vs. adderall for ADD and bipolar
Provigil is long term sustaining so is Nuvigil. Nuvigil is designed with the purpose to increase short term, long term memory and increase awareness and increase concentration.
kmphillipscats3  |  May 22, 2014
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By gemma louise
March 23, 2014
gemma louise wrote
euthoria happier feeling lamictal and abilify
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By kcmetric
December 13, 2013
kcmetric wrote
Incontinence with Lamictal
I am not alone!!! Finally, someone can relate to the incontinence. I, so thought is was me,. If it gets any worse, I will mention something to my doctor. But I've been on it for so long, I don't want to have to find something else to help with my BIP symptoms.
February 6, 2015
I have the same thing. Plus loss of weight tiredness, and more. Doctors won't change it though and ignore me
Tanya  |  August 11, 2014
I also gained 30 pounds.
Gail M.  |  July 8, 2014
Am 57 and been on Lamictal 150mg about a year now. It helps the moods, but yes I've had incontinence with it that keeps getting worse each month. I now have to wear a maxi pad, which a year ago I didn't. I never associated it with the Lamictal till reading these posts. Thought just getting older... now I know it was the med.
Gail M.  |  July 8, 2014
Hello. I am having this issue as well.. I am on 150 mg a day. I been on it since sept.-oct. 2013... I am only 26 years old and it all started after I got on Lamictal.
heather  |  July 3, 2014
I've experienced the same. I was on 250 mg and now am down to 50. Trying to get off for various reasons.
JJ  |  March 8, 2014
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By uhhhhhm
December 5, 2013
uhhhhhm wrote
Lamictal side effects
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By straczyk
November 29, 2013
straczyk wrote
Lamictal and Fatigue
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By gemma roberts
November 17, 2013
gemma roberts wrote
moition sickness
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By MikeG333
September 26, 2013
MikeG333 wrote
Memory loss-Lamictal
omg!!! i can so relate with all of you....nothing to add to the conversation, just happy knowing im not the only intelligent,cant remember half my life, never can find my car keys, many embarrassing conversations, woman out there....
justme  |  November 27, 2014
I suspect it's a combination of the Bipolar and the Lamotrigine. I have read a lot that Lamotrigine can causes esp. short-term memory issues, and I so identify with Mike G333! (Picking up the kids - me too, buddy!) People tell you "keep a diary" but - seriously altho' this may sound funny - you have to remember to enter the item in the diary and remember to look in the diary!!! I just want to know if this is reversable ...
harryf200  |  November 1, 2014
I take 150mgs of Lamictal 1x daily & I have issues w/my memory. I haven't been on it for 4 yrs but just like MikeG333 wrote, I can't even remember how long I have been on it! Like Shaw321, my memory loss is sometimes a big source of embarrassment. I'm constantly forgetting words, i.e. I'll be in mid conversation w/someone & the word I'm looking for just WILL NOT come to me. It makes me feel so unbelievably stupid. It's even harder in a sense because I am & am known to be a very intelligent woma
July 10, 2014
I'm putting it on Lamictal. My memory loss is very marked and sometimes embarrassing. I'm taking it in stride, but considering new medication. Of course, these are all psychotropic and my all have the same result. Lamictal has been great over the years I've used it.
Shaw321  |  May 5, 2014
I think it's from bipolar too because before I ever started on any meds I still couldn't remember much before I was about 10 also. I read somewhere that taking L-Histidine helped improve memory loss when taking anti psychotics. Guess it's worth a try
mmistycat  |  April 18, 2014
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By drumrman
August 26, 2013
drumrman wrote
Did you take seroquel
Jennifer  |  March 7, 2014
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By mitch
August 9, 2013
mitch wrote
lamictal and 3 years of dry heaves.....almost daily
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What patients are saying about Lamictal vs. Latuda

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which ceased. Then I experienced fast talking, up all night...
...the minimum. I take a Lamictal once a day ...years. Upon taking Latuda I experienced nausa, extreme tiredness for two days which ceased. Then I experienced fast talking, up all night (which I ha...
& I'm freaking!! I take latuda and cymbalta too, but never...
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too long since i started lamictal to remember whether i had...
...since i started lamictal to remember whether ...i remember feeling more energetic and even-keeled ...happy to stick with lamictal until i started latuda which has also been great for me. i'd...
Latuda. Latuda actually made me lose weight. You will...
...you down ASAP. I have three options that immediately pop to mind:Abilify, Saphris, or Latuda. Latuda actually made me lose weight. You will also ...you could always go the \"Lamictal benzo...
about 7 months now. It is by far the best anti-psychotic...
I have been on Latuda for about 7 months now. It is by far the best anti-psychotic I have ever been on. I have no side effects at all. This is ...but now I am just on lamictal and latuda and...
odd that adding Latuda would cause Lamictal to give you...
I'm on a Lamictal and Latuda combo and don't have any rash.  I don't know of any Latuda side-effect that includes rash.  Seems odd that adding Latuda would cause Lamictal to give you a rash....
different from my experience on Lamictal. I knew the basic...
...on 80mg of Latuda. Pdoc says there are no sexual side effects from it, but ...from my experience on Lamictal. I knew ...myself (boo!). I daresay I was almost sexually increased on Lamictal. I...
really well now. Best I've been in years. I love the latuda
...latuda, artine- for side effects and Ativan but was on Xanax for many years. ...I've been...
stabalizer. So I take both Latuda and Lamictal. Or, I will...
...a mood stabalizer. So I take both Latuda and Lamictal. Or, I will be starting back up on...
and 80mg of Latuda work well for me most of the year....
...a stable place, 150-200mg of Lamictal and 80mg of Latuda work well for me most of the year. Personally, I'd try Latuda before Seroquel. Latuda either works or not, and...