“I was diagnosed with bipolar depression. Is LATUDA an option for me?”

“My doctor prescribed LATUDA. Now what?

Many of the medicines for bipolar depression work differently and can take time to help manage your symptoms. Talk to your doctor. And keep talking to your doctor. It’s not just finding the best medicine. It’s also being honest about
how you feel.

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“What is LATUDA?

Latuda® (lurasidone HCl) is a once-a-day prescription medicine FDA-approved to treat bipolar depression in adults, children, and teens (10 to 17 years). And, in clinical studies, LATUDA was effective for many people struggling with bipolar depression.

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How effective is LATUDA in treating bipolar depression?”

LATUDA is the first FDA-approved medication for bipolar depression that can either be taken on its own by children, teens (10 to 17 years), and adults or as part of a treatment plan along with a mood-stabilizer, either lithium or valproate, by adults. In clinical studies of adults, children, and teens (10 to 17 years), LATUDA was effective in reducing symptoms of bipolar depression.

Adults taking mood-stabilizer with LATUDA

27 Percent 27 percent

reduction
in depressive symptoms
vs. placebo

Adults taking LATUDA with a mood stabilizer* reported a 27% reduction in their depressive symptoms versus placebo

*Mood stabilizer: lithium or valporate

Adults taking LATUDA

27 Percent 27 percent

reduction
in depressive symptoms
vs. placebo

Adults taking LATUDA alone reported a 44% reduction in their depressive symptoms versus placebo

Children taking LATUDA

27 Percent 27 percent

reduction
in depressive symptoms
vs. placebo

Children and teens (10 to 17 years) reported a 37% reduction in their symptoms versus placebo

The most common
side effects

When you are starting any medication, it's very important for you to understand the side effects and benefits of that medicine. Talk to your doctor and ask any questions you need answered.

In clinical studies, the most common side effects with LATUDA included:

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Adults treated
with LATUDA:

  • restlessness

  • difficult or slow movement

  • sleepiness or drowsiness

Children and teens
(10 to 17 years) taking LATUDA:

  • nausea

  • weight gain

  • problems sleeping

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It's important for you to talk to your doctor and to keep talking to your doctor. From explaining the benefits of your medicine to understanding possible side effects, your doctor is your best resource. Should you experience anything out of the ordinary, talk to your doctor. You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

“How does LATUDA work?

LATUDA is NOT an antidepressant. It is part of a group of medicines called atypical antipsychotics. These medicines are thought to work by adjusting levels of various messengers in the brain called neurotransmitters. Two of the specific neurotransmitters identified are dopamine and serotonin.

Serotonin and Dopamine are two important neurotransmitters (chemical messengers).

Serotonin

Dopamine

How Much May Matter
One theory for why people experience bipolar disorder symptoms is that there is too much or too little dopamine in some brain areas.

“How do I start taking LATUDA?

The first thing you need to do is talk to your doctor who has worked with you to determine the right strength to help you. And it's important that you continue to stay in contact throughout the journey.

Pills

Stick with it.

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Stick with it.

Be patient. For some people, LATUDA may work gradually.

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cup of water

Keep cool and
stay
hydrated.

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Keep cool and
stay
hydrated.

Your tempurature may fluctuate when taking LATUDA.

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No Alcohol

Stay away from alcohol.

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Stay away from alcohol.

Alcohol may worsen any side effects.

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No Citrus

Say “NO” to grapefruit.

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Say “NO” to grapefruit.

Grapefruit can affect the amount of LATUDA in your blood.

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Fork and spoon

Eat at least 350 calories.

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Eat at least 350 calories.

Food can help your body absorb LATUDA.

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Watch out for
drowsiness.

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Watch out for
drowsiness.

It may take time to get used to LATUDA. Be careful when operating machinery.

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Ask for help.

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Ask for help.

Talk to your doctor if symptoms worsen.

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Pill Calendar

Take LATUDA
once a day.

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Take LATUDA
once a day.

Take LATUDA as your doctor prescribes.

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“How can my loved ones help?

It’s important to have the support you need, and it's also important for those closest to you to have an understanding of your struggles. The “Patient and Caregiver” brochure provides information about bipolar depression and how to get started with LATUDA. It also offers tips and tools for you and the people that help you on a daily basis.

Download the brochure and read through it together. It can
help everyone.

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Save on your prescription

You may be eligible to pay as little as a $15* copay per month and get support from live specialists.

*Exclusions apply.

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Helpful resources for you

You don't have to do this alone. Hear from others struggling with bipolar depression and learn about organizations you can join.

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