Lamictal vs. Latuda

Are Lamictal and Latuda the Same Thing?

Lamictal (lamotrigine) and Latuda (lurasidone hydrochloride) are used to treat bipolar depression.

Lamictal is also used alone or in combination with other antiseizure medications for treating certain types of seizures.

Latuda is also used to treat schizophrenia.

Lamictal and Latuda belong to different drug classes. Lamictal is an anticonvulsant and Latuda is an atypical antipsychotic.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Lamictal?

Lamictal may cause serious side effects, including:

Serious side effects of Lamictal you should report to your doctor include:

  • rash,
  • worsening depression or suicidal thoughts, and
  • flu-like symptoms such as body aches or swollen glands.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Latuda?

Side effects of Latuda in adults include<:/p>

  • drowsiness,
  • dizziness,
  • nausea,
  • diarrhea,
  • stomach pain,
  • loss of appetite,
  • shaking,
  • muscle stiffness,
  • weight gain,
  • mask-like facial expression,
  • inability to keep still,
  • restlessness,
  • agitation,
  • blurred vision,
  • breast swelling or discharge,
  • missed menstrual periods,
  • decreased sex drive,
  • impotence, or
  • difficulty having an orgasm.

What is Lamictal?

Lamictal (lamotrigine) is an anticonvulsant used alone or in combination with other antiseizure medications for treating certain types of seizures.

What is Latuda?

Latuda is a prescription medicine used to treat:

  • schizophrenia in people 13 years of age or older
  • depressive episodes associated with bipolar I disorder, alone or with lithium or valproate in adults

It is not known if Latuda is safe and effective in people under 13 years of age.


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What Drugs Interact With Lamictal?

Lamictal may interact with carbamazepine, phenytoin, phenobarbital, primidone, or rifampin.

Lamictal may also interact with hormonal forms of birth control (pills, injections, implants, or skin patches), divalproex, oxcarbazepine, or valproic acid.

What Drugs Interact With Latuda?

Avoid eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice while you take Latuda since these can affect the amount of Latuda in the blood. Do not drive, operate machinery, or do other dangerous activities until you know how Latuda affects you. Latuda may make you drowsy.

Latuda may interact with other medicines that make you sleepy (such as cold or allergy medicine, narcotic pain medicine, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, and medicine for seizures, depression, or anxiety), bosentan, conivaptan, dexamethasone, imatinib, isoniazid, St. John's wort, antibiotics, antifungal medications, antidepressants, heart or blood pressure medications, HIV/AIDS medicines, medicines to treat narcolepsy, or seizure medications.

How Should Lamictal Be Taken?

  • Lamictal doses depend on the condition being treated and on whether it is used alone or in combination with other antiseizure medications.

How Should Latuda Be Taken?

Take Latuda exactly as prescribed.

  • Take Latuda exactly as your healthcare provider tells you to take it. Do not change the dose yourself.
  • Take Latuda by mouth, with food (at least 350 calories).
  • If you take too much Latuda, call your healthcare provider or poison control center at 1-800-222-1222 right away, or go to the nearest hospital emergency room.


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