How Does LATUDA Work?

Although it's not known exactly how Latuda® (lurasidone HCl) works, here's some helpful information about the science behind it:

  • LATUDA is part of a class of medicines called atypical antipsychotics (LATUDA is not an antidepressant)
  • Atypical antipsychotics are thought to work by adjusting the levels of certain chemical messengers, called neurotransmitters
  • Researchers have identified two neurotransmitters that may play a role in bipolar disorder: dopamine and serotonin


Dopamine & Serotonin

These are two important neurotransmitters (chemical messengers).

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.


It's not known exactly how LATUDA works, and the precise way antipsychotics work is also unknown. But LATUDA is thought to work by adjusting the levels of dopamine and serotonin in the brain.

Could LATUDA Be Right for You?

Medications prescribed for bipolar depression work differently for different people, and many of them take time to work. That's why it's so important to work with your health care team to find the right medication, and the right dose, for you. If you think LATUDA could be right for you, have a conversation with your health care provider. Always be honest about how you're feeling.

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