Compare Lamictal vs. Latuda

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Lamictal
(lamotrigine)

Latuda
(lurasidone)

Prevents seizures and stabilizes mood. Lamictal (Lamotrigine) is most useful for treating severe seizure disorders, and for bipolar disorder with more depression symptoms than manic symptoms. Just be careful to increase your dose slowly to avoid skin rash.Helps control your thoughts and mood. Latuda (Lurasidone) is good for treating schizophrenia and depression related to bipolar disorder. It's less likely to cause weight gain, cholesterol, blood sugar, and heart rhythm problems.
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Reviews & ratings
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5.11Lamictal
Reviews for Lamictal
66%
of people (All ages) say Lamictal is worth it
58%
say it works well
18%
say it's a big hassle
184 reviews
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Reviews for Latuda
61%
+5% better vs. Lamictal
61%
-3% worse vs. Lamictal
25%
+7% better vs. Lamictal
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Side effects
LamictalLatuda
  • Dizziness 25%
  • Headache 9%
  • Double vision 21%
  • Lack of muscle coordination 16%
  • Nausea 9%
  • Blurred vision 11%
  • Inflammation inside the nose 5%
  • Drowsiness 7%
  • Sore throat 1%
  • Rash 5%
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  • Drowsiness 12%
  • Restlessness 12%
  • Nausea 6%
  • Parkinsonism 6%
  • Any side effect 3%
  • Indigestion 2%
  • Vomiting 2%
  • Sleep difficulty 1%
  • Anxiety 3%
  • Agitation 3%
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How it works
LamictalLatuda
Lamictal (Lamotrigine) is an antiepileptic. Researchers don't know exactly how it works, but it seems to calm nerve activity in the brain.Latuda (Lurasidone) is a second generation antipsychotic. It treats schizophrenia and bipolar depression by adjusting the levels of dopamine and serotonin in your brain, which affects thoughts and mood.
Type of medication
LamictalLatuda
Prescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
LamictalLatuda
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Chewable tablet
  • Dissolving tablet
  • Pill
Used for
LamictalLatuda
Risk factors for serious side effects
LamictalLatuda
  • History of depression
  • People also taking Depakote
  • Taking more than the prescribed dose
  • Increasing the dose too quickly
  • Taking birth control pills
Detailed Lamictal (lamotrigine) risks & warnings »
  • Elderly patients with dementia
  • Age 18 years or younger
  • Duration of treatment
  • Taking with alcohol
  • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
Detailed Latuda (lurasidone) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

Alcohol
LamictalLatuda
No alcohol related info.
  • Need to avoid drinking alcohol while taking Latuda (Lurasidone).
Food
LamictalLatuda
  • Take with food to avoid upset stomach.
  • Latuda (Lurasidone) can increase your blood sugar and cholesterol. However, Latuda (Lurasidone) is the least likely to raise your blood sugar and cholesterol compared to other antipsychotic medications. Exercise and eat healthy food to lower your risk.
Upsides and benefits
LamictalLatuda
  • Effective at lowering the frequency of seizures in people with epilepsy or Lennox-Gestaut syndrome. Typically used together with other medications for severe seizure disorders.
  • Works best for partial, tonic-clonic, and absence seizures.
  • A first-line treatment for bipolar disorder. Effective long-term treatment for stabilizing mood. Prevents both depressive and manic episodes, but the effect is greater for preventing depression.
  • Doesn't require routine blood tests.
  • Has been shown in clinical studies to help people felt better and experience improvements with their thoughts and mood.
  • It’s a newer type of medication and works differently than traditional antidepressants.
  • Can be taken alone or with other medications that manage your mood.
  • Compared to other antipsychotics, it has a lower risk of causing weight gain and changes to cholesterol, blood sugar, and heart rhythm.
Downsides and risks
LamictalLatuda
  • Can cause double vision, dizziness, sleepiness, and headache.
  • Has the risk of a rare but life-threatening rash.
  • Can make hormonal birth control less effective.
  • Might be less effective than other medicines for treating manic episodes (acute mania) in people with bipolar disorder.
  • Certain antifungal and heart medicines can increase the amount of Latuda (Lurasidone) in your body and put you at risk for more side effects. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about any drug interactions between medicines you’re taking.
  • Can cause you to be more sensitive to heat and make it harder for your body to cool off.
  • Need to avoid drinking alcohol while taking Latuda (Lurasidone).
  • Elderly people who have dementia shouldn't take Latuda (Lurasidone).
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
LamictalLatuda
  • Follow dose adjustments set by your doctor to minimize skin rash.
  • Take with food to avoid upset stomach.
  • Report rash, blurry vision, fever, persistent headache, or neck stiffness to your doctor.
  • Makes hormonal birth control less effective.
  • Takes 4 to 6 weeks to feel full effects on mood.
  • Take it once a day at the same time each day. It works faster when you take it with a small snack (at least 350 calories).
  • Don’t eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice while taking Latuda (Lurasidone). It can negatively affect how Latuda (Lurasidone) works.
  • Can cause dizziness and nausea, so avoid activities that require you to be alert until you get used to it.
  • Usually takes 4 to 6 weeks to see the full effects on your thoughts and mood, so hang in there until you find the right dose that works for you.
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