Compare Latuda vs. Saphris

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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.Treats bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. While Saphris (asenapine) has fewer side effects compared with other medicines that treat bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, it can be more expensive.
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Side effects
  • Salivary hypersecretion 2%
  • Restlessness 1%
  • Fatigue 1%
  • Back Pain 1%
  • Dystonia 4%
  • Dizziness 2%
  • Agitation 3%
  • Anxiety 3%
  • Vomiting 2%
  • Dyspepsia 2%
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  • Dry mouth 1%
  • Drooling 2%
  • Stomach discomfort 1%
  • Irritability 1%
  • Increased appetite 1%
  • Weight gain 2%
  • Numbness in the mouth 4%
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How it works
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.While it's not clear how Saphris (asenapine) helps to treat bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, it changes the amount of dopamine and serotonin in the brain, two chemicals that are known to regulate mood.
Type of medication
Prescription onlyNo lower cost generic availablePrescription onlyNo lower cost generic available
Available as
  • Pill
  • Dissolving pill
Used for
Risk factors for serious side effects
  • Elderly patients with dementia
  • Age 18 years or younger
  • Duration of treatment
  • Taking with alcohol
  • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
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  • People age 65 or older with dementia and psychosis
  • Taking antipsychotic medications
  • High blood pressure
  • History of heart disease
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Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

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.

  • Need to avoid drinking alcohol while taking Latuda (Lurasidone).
No alcohol related info.
  • 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.
No food related info.
No weight related info.
  • People on medicines like Saphris (asenapine) have had weight gain and higher blood sugar to the point of having diabetes. Your doctor will work with you to stop that from happening.
Upsides and benefits
  • 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.
  • Saphris (asenapine) can be used to treat bipolar disorder in children age 10 or older, and schizophrenia in children age 12 or older.
  • You don't need water to take Saphris (asenapine); the pill dissolves in your mouth right away.
  • Compared to other medicines, the side effects of Saphris (asenapine) are milder.
Downsides and risks
  • 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).
  • Saphris (asenapine) is only available as a brand name.
  • Compared to other medicines, Saphris (asenapine) can cause changes in your hormones and make you sleepy.
  • You have to take Saphris (asenapine) twice a day, which can be hard to remember.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
  • 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.
  • To take Saphris (asenapine), place the pill under your tongue and let it dissolve completely. Don't chew or swallow the pill, and don't eat or drink for 10 minutes after you take it.
  • You might feel numbness or tingling in your mouth or throat after you take Saphris (asenapine). This usually goes away after an hour.
  • Don't drive or do anything requiring concentration until you know how Saphris (asenapine) affects you.
  • Don't stop taking Saphris (asenapine) suddenly without talking to your doctor first because it can be very dangerous.
  • If you miss a dose of Saphris (asenapine), take it as soon as you remember, unless it’s time for your next dose; don't take 2 doses at the same time.
  • Keep Saphris (asenapine) in your pantry away from heat, moisture, and light. Don't store it in your bathroom's medicine cabinet.
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