Compare Lamictal vs. Latuda

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

Lamictal (Lamotrigine)

Prescription only

Latuda (Lurasidone)

Prescription only
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.

5.1/ 7 average rating with 184 reviewsforLamictal
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.

5.2/ 7 average rating with 61 reviewsforLatuda
Upsides
  • 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
  • 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).
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Chewable tablet
  • Dissolving tablet
  • Pill
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Reviews
184 
66%
think this treatment is worth it
58%
think this treatment works well
18%
think this treatment is a hassle

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61 
61%
think this treatment is worth it
61%
think this treatment works well
25%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
10possible side effects
  • Dizziness
    38%
  • Headache
    28%
  • Diplopia
    28%
  • Ataxia
    22%
  • Nausea
    19%
  • Blurred vision
    16%
  • Somnolence
    14%
  • Rhinitis
    14%
  • Pharyngitis
    10%
  • Rash
    10%
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10possible side effects
  • Somnolence
    22%
  • Akathisia
    15%
  • Nausea
    12%
  • Parkinsonism
    11%
  • Any side effect
    9%
  • Vomiting
    8%
  • Dyspepsia
    8%
  • Insomnia
    8%
  • Agitation
    6%
  • Anxiety
    6%
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Risks and warnings
  • Suicidal thoughts or behavior

    History of depression

  • Serious skin rash

    People also taking Depakote

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Interactions with birth control pills

    Taking birth control pills

  • Withdrawal seizures

    Stopping Lamictal (Lamotrigine) suddenly

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  • Increased risk of death

    Elderly patients with dementia

  • Suicidal thoughts or behavior

    Age 18 years or younger

  • Abnormal and involuntary muscle movements

    Duration of treatment

  • Sedation and driving impairment

    Taking with alcohol

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Higher blood sugar and cholesterol

    History of diabetes

    ...and 1 more risk factors

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