Latuda and Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar disorder, also sometimes known as manic depression, is a serious mental illness that causes extreme shifts in mood, energy, and functioning. Currently, it is thought that bipolar disorder may be at least partially genetic (see Bipolar Causes).
Between episodes, most people with bipolar disorder are free of symptoms (see Bipolar Disorder Symptoms). Effective bipolar disorder treatment usually involves a combination of psychotherapy (see Bipolar Psychosocial Treatments) and bipolar medications.
Latuda is approved for use by itself or in combination with lithium for the treatment of major depressive episodes (periods of depression) in people with bipolar I (also known as bipolar depression). In general, studies of Latuda for this use have been for a short period of time (six weeks), although your healthcare provider may choose to keep you on Latuda for longer periods of time.
Latuda belongs to a group of medications called atypical (or second-generation) antipsychotic medications. It is not entirely known how Latuda works for the treatment of schizophrenia. However, it is known to block or lessen the effects of certain chemicals in the brain. These chemicals (such as dopamine and serotonin) may be elevated in people with schizophrenia. Latuda probably works in a similar manner for treating bipolar depression.
Latuda is approved for adults only. This does not mean that the drug cannot be used in children or teens; it simply means that Latuda has not been adequately studied in these age groups. Talk with your child's healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using Latuda in children.