Latuda and Pregnancy
It is generally considered safe for pregnant women to take Latuda (lurasidone). When given in large doses to pregnant rabbits and rats, the medication did not cause any problems. However, animals do not always respond to medications the same way humans do, so it's important to discuss the benefits and risks of Latuda with your healthcare provider before starting treatment.
Is Latuda Safe While Pregnant?
Latuda® (lurasidone hydrochloride) is a prescription bipolar depression and schizophrenia medication. Based on the results of animal studies, Latuda appears to be relatively safe for use during pregnancy, although actual human data is lacking.
What Is Pregnancy Category B?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) uses a category system to classify the possible risks to a fetus when a specific medicine is taken during pregnancy. Pregnancy Category B is given to medicines that have not been adequately studied in pregnant humans but do not appear to cause harm to the fetus in animal studies.
Medications that have been shown to be safe for use in pregnancy in humans but have caused problems in laboratory animals are also given a Category B rating.
Latuda was given a pregnancy Category B rating because the medication did not cause any problems when given to pregnant rabbits and rats, even when large doses were used.
However, it is important to note that animals do not always respond to medicines the same way that humans do. Therefore, a pregnancy Category B medicine should be given to a pregnant woman only if the healthcare provider believes that the benefits to the woman outweigh any possible risks to the unborn child.
Effects of Latuda on Labor and Delivery
Other antipsychotic medications have been reported to cause problems in the newborn when the medication was taken during the third trimester. These problems can include:
- Tense muscle tone or, conversely, "floppy" muscle tone
- Breathing difficulties
- Feeding problems.
The severity of such problems has varied, with some cases being quite minor, while others required extended hospitalization. Because Latuda is an antipsychotic medication, the same problems reported with other antipsychotics might occur during treatment.