Latuda has been licensed to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia, a group of mental disorders that involve abnormal thinking. It can also be used for bipolar depression. This medication is thought to work by decreasing the effects of certain chemicals in the brain, but the exact way it does this is unclear.
What Is Latuda Used For?
Latuda® (lurasidone hydrochloride) is a prescription antipsychotic medication approved for the treatment of schizophrenia in adults. It is also approved to treat bipolar depression.
Latuda and Schizophrenia
One of the most confusing and disabling mental illnesses, schizophrenia is a group of mental disorders that involve abnormal thinking. Although the causes of schizophrenia are not fully understood, it is currently thought that genetics and environmental factors play important roles in its development.
Depending on the type of schizophrenia a person has (see Types of Schizophrenia), symptoms may include the following:
- Flat affect (immobile facial expression, monotonous voice)
- Lack of pleasure in everyday life
- A diminished ability to initiate and sustain planned activity
- Speaking infrequently, even when forced to interact
- Thought disorders
- Disorders of movement
- Poor executive functioning (the ability to absorb and interpret information and make decisions based on it)
- An inability to stay focused
- Problems with working memory (the ability to keep recently learned information in mind and use it right away).
Although psychotherapy may be helpful for schizophrenia (see Psychosocial Therapy for Schizophrenics), medication is often essential to schizophrenia treatment. Latuda can help improve the symptoms of schizophrenia.