Compare Latuda vs. Risperdal

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

Latuda (Lurasidone)

Prescription only

Risperdal (risperidone)

Prescription only
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.

3.8/ 5 average rating with 61 reviewsforLatuda
Helps control your thoughts and mood.

Risperdal (risperidone) is an effective medication in treating schizophrenia, mania, and irritability associated with autism; however, amongst other newer medications in its class, it's more likely to cause side effects, such weight gain and hormone problems.

3.4/ 5 average rating with 45 reviewsforRisperdal
Upsides
  • 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.
  • Risperdal (risperidone) is effective at relieving psychotic symptoms, manic episodes, irritability, and aggressive behavior. It also lowers relapse rates in people with schizophrenia and people with irritability associated with autism.
  • Less likely to cause heart problems compared to other antipsychotics.
  • Compared to other antipsychotics, Risperdal (risperidone) causes less sedation and weight gain.
  • A generic version available for pill, dissolving tablet, and liquid formulations.
Downsides
  • 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).
  • Mild to moderate risk of Extrapyramidal Symptoms (EPS) - movement disorders that cause stiffness, tremor, restlessness, and slow, repetitive, or involuntary movements.
  • People taking Risperdal (risperidone) might have weight gain and problems with cholesterol or blood sugar.
  • Compared to other antipsychotics, this medication has a higher risk of hormone problems that can cause nipples to leak and male breasts to grow abnormally large.
  • You might need routine blood tests to check how the medicine is affecting your body.
  • Risperdal (risperidone) takes 4 to 6 weeks for its full effects on thoughts and mood.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
  • Liquid
  • Injection
Price
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Reviews
61 reviews so far
61%
saidit'sworth it
61%
saiditworked well
25%
saidit'sa big hassle

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45 reviews so far
42%
saidit'sworth it
47%
saiditworked well
49%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
16possible side effects
  • Somnolence
    22%
  • Akathisia
    15%
  • Nausea
    12%
  • Parkinsonism
    11%
  • Any side effect
    9%
  • Vomiting
    8%
  • Dyspepsia
    8%
  • Insomnia
    8%
  • Agitation
    6%
  • Anxiety
    6%
  • Dystonia
    5%
  • Dizziness
    5%
  • Fatigue
    4%
  • Back Pain
    4%
  • Restlessness
    3%
  • Salivary hypersecretion
    2%
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23possible side effects
  • Sedation
    63%
  • Increased appetite
    44%
  • Fatigue
    31%
  • Vomiting
    20%
  • Common cold
    19%
  • Constipation
    17%
  • Cough
    17%
  • Fever
    16%
  • Involuntary urination
    16%
  • Drooling
    12%
  • Headache
    12%
  • Hay fever
    12%
  • Dry mouth
    10%
  • Nasal congestion
    10%
  • Nausea
    8%
  • Upper respiratory tract infection
    8%
  • Weight gain
    8%
  • Tremor
    8%
  • Dizziness
    8%
  • Movement disorder
    8%
  • Rash
    8%
  • Increased saliva
    7%
  • Thirst
    7%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Increased risk of death
    • Elderly patients with dementia
  • Suicidal thoughts or behavior
    • Age 18 years or younger
  • Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS)
  • Abnormal and involuntary muscle movements
    • Duration of treatment
  • Sedation and driving impairment
    • Taking with alcohol
    • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
  • Blood disorders
  • Higher blood sugar and cholesterol
    • History of diabetes
    • History of high cholesterol
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  • Increased risk of death
    • Elderly patients with dementia
  • Neuroleptic malignant syndrome
  • Heart problems
    • History of heart problems
    • Drug interactions
  • Shaking and restlessness
    • High doses of Risperdal (risperidone)
  • Higher blood sugar and cholesterol and weight gain
    • People with diabetes
    • People with high cholesterol
  • Driving impairment
    • Alcohol
    • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
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