For schizophrenia, the recommended starting dosage of Latuda is 40 mg a day. Many people will respond well to this amount, but your healthcare provider may increase it up to 160 mg if necessary. When taking Latuda for bipolar depression, the recommended starting dose is 10 mg a day. For best results, take each dose with food.
An Introduction to Dosing With LatudaThe dosage of Latuda® (lurasidone hydrochloride) your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- The condition being treated
- How you respond to Latuda
- Other medications you may be taking
- Other medical conditions you may have.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
The dosing for some schizophrenia medications can be complicated, involving extensive "titrations," during which a low starting dose is gradually increased to a more effective dose. However, the dosing for Latuda is simple and straightforward, with no confusing titration needed.
The recommended starting Latuda dosage is 40 mg once daily. Your healthcare provider may increase this amount up to a maximum of 160 mg once a day, but only if necessary, since 40 mg daily is adequate for many people. If you have moderate or severe kidney or liver disease, or are taking certain other medications (see Latuda Drug Interactions), you might be started with a lower dosage (20 mg a day), and a lower maximum dosage may be recommended (either 40 mg or 80 mg, depending on your particular situation).
It is important to take Latuda with food, since taking the drug on an empty stomach reduces the amount that is absorbed into the body. The content of the meal or snack does not matter, but it should consist of at least 350 calories.