You may have questions about bipolar depression, Latuda® (lurasidone HCl), or LATUDA savings. If that’s the case, take a look at the sections below for answers to some commonly asked questions.
Bipolar disorder is the name of the condition. Bipolar depression is the "low" or depressed phase of bipolar disorder. Watch a video for more detailed information about bipolar disorder and bipolar depression.
Your experience with bipolar disorder is unique, but some similarities among people with the condition do exist. People will experience periods of stable mood and behavior. They will also experience periods of abnormally excited or elevated mood, or mania. People diagnosed with bipolar depression will have had at least one depressive episode.
Symptoms of bipolar depression include the following:
No. Bipolar depression is the depressive phase of a larger condition called "bipolar disorder." It’s not easy to diagnose the symptoms of bipolar depression—there’s no quiz you can take, blood test or scan to determine whether or not you have it. Only a health care professional can confirm your bipolar depression symptoms. Before you visit your doctor, you can use this short Mood Disorder Questionnaire to help guide your discussion.
Bipolar disorder is seen more often in people with a sibling or parent (a first-degree relative) who have the condition. Research is being done to try to determine the genes that may be linked to bipolar disorder.
Bipolar disorder is a chronic condition. That means it is lifelong and there is no cure. But for many people, the symptoms can be controlled with treatment.
Talking to my doctor
It is important to speak to your doctor about how you’re feeling and the symptoms you may be struggling with. To help get your conversation started, you can download our Doctor Discussion Guide.
Talking to my friends and family
Knowing what to say to friends and family can be challenging. Watch this short video for ideas on how to talk about bipolar depression to your loved ones.
Take LATUDA exactly as your health care 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 health care provider or poison control center at 1-800-222-1222 right away, or go to the nearest hospital emergency room.
Patient response to the medication may vary. Please talk to your health care provider.
Please speak with your pharmacist or health care provider.
Please talk to your health care provider about how long you should be on this medication.
No, LATUDA tablets should not be split or cut in any way.
Store LATUDA tablets at room temperature between 68°F to 77°F (20°C to 25°C). Keep LATUDA and all medicines out of the reach of children.
Please speak with your pharmacist or health care provider.
If you take too much LATUDA, call your health care provider or poison control center at 1-800-222-1222 right away, or go to the nearest hospital emergency room.
LATUDA is approved to treat bipolar depression in adults and in children and teens (10 to 17 years) on its own.
Call your health care provider or poison control center at 1-800-222-1222 right away, or go to the nearest hospital emergency room.
Contact your physician or insurance provider to explore options for an early refill.
If you have serious thoughts about suicide, call your health care provider right away or go to the hospital emergency room. You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24 hours a day at 1-800-273-8255
A common adverse reaction to LATUDA is sleepiness or drowsiness. Do not drive, operate machinery, or do other dangerous activities until you know how LATUDA affects you.
No, LATUDA is not an opiate. LATUDA is part of a class of medicines called atypical antipsychotics, which can be used to treat the major depressive episodes of bipolar I disorder.
No, LATUDA is not an antidepressant. LATUDA is part of a class of medicines called atypical antipsychotics, which is used to treat bipolar depression. Antidepressants are not FDA approved to treat bipolar depression.
Talk to your health care provider about all prescription and over-the-counter medicines you are taking or plan to take, since there are some risks for drug interactions with LATUDA. Tell your health care provider if you are allergic to any of the ingredients of LATUDA or take certain medications called CYP3A4 inhibitors or inducers. Ask your health care provider if you are not sure if you are taking any of these medications.
If your health care provider decides LATUDA is right for you, ask them if they have any samples of LATUDA.
LATUDA is taken once a day with food (at least 350 calories). Your doctor will help determine the best time for you to take LATUDA. It may be helpful to take your medicine at the same time every day, unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
If LATUDA has been prescribed as part of your treatment, the LATUDA Copay Savings program may help offset the cost of your copay for the medication—as long as you meet the eligibility requirements.
Here’s how the program works:
If you have commercial insurance, the Copay Savings Card covers out-of-pocket expenses greater than $15 per prescription, with up to a maximum benefit of $400 for a 30-day prescription fill.
To get the LATUDA Copay Savings Card, you simply register online here or over the phone at 1‑855‑5LATUDA (1‑855‑552‑8832). Then use the card when you fill your LATUDA prescriptions. Simply present the card to the pharmacist who will process the copay savings for you. You’ll also get program updates when they become available.
Yes. The card will only work if you are enrolled in the LATUDA Copay Savings program. You can activate the card online here or over the phone by calling 1‑855‑5LATUDA (1‑855‑552‑8832).
Once the LATUDA Copay Savings Card is activated, you will need a valid prescription from your prescribing health care provider for up to a 30-day supply.
You must activate this card before using it. Please present your activated card to your local pharmacy along with a valid prescription for up to a 30-day supply. Your savings may vary, but the card is valid for up to $400 off each prescription (up to 12 uses). You are responsible for the first $15 of the copay or out-of-pocket cost.
Take your LATUDA Copay Savings Card to your local pharmacy and they’ll process the card. If they have any difficulty, they can call the Pharmacy Help Desk at 1-866-355-9293.
Patients are not eligible if prescriptions are paid in part or full by any state or federally funded health care program, including but not limited to Medicare, Medicaid, VA, DOD, TRICARE, or where prohibited by law.
The LATUDA Copay Savings Card can be used for up to 12 monthly prescription fills (30-day supply) in a calendar year.
Yes, please click here to reprint your card. If you need support, then please call 1‑855‑5LATUDA (1‑855‑552‑8832).
Yes, the LATUDA Copay Savings Card can be used at mail-order pharmacies. Here’s how. You get a Direct Member Reimbursement Form online at www.patientrebateonline.com. Or call 1‑855‑5LATUDA (1‑855‑552‑8832) and ask a Support Specialist/Reimbursement Specialist to mail a form to you.
When you receive the form, simply sign it and mail it back to the address on the form, together with your original mail-order receipt. Once the information has been verified as accurate and complete, you can expect a check to be mailed to you in approximately 6-8 weeks. You follow the same process each time you order your prescription from your mail-order pharmacy.
Please have your pharmacy call the Pharmacy Help Desk number located on the back of your LATUDA Copay Savings Card: 1-866-355-9293.
To be eligible, a patient must be 18 years old or older, with a valid prescription for LATUDA. For a patient between the ages of 10 and 17 with a valid prescription for LATUDA, an adult (Legal Guardian) must use the card on the patient's behalf.
When you have completed the enrollment process online, a digital version of the card will appear on the screen. You can print the card for use at the pharmacy. If you need support, then please call 1‑855‑5LATUDA (1‑855‑552‑8832).