Compare Latuda vs. Zyprexa

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

Latuda
(lurasidone)

Zyprexa
(olanzapine)

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.Helps control your thoughts and mood. Zyprexa (Olanzapine) is good for treating psychosis, mania, and agitation. More likely to cause weight gain and sleepiness than other antipsychotics.
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Best available price for 30 (40mg) tablets of lurasidone
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Best available price for 30 (5mg) tablets of olanzapine
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Reviews for Latuda (lurasidone)
61%
of people (All ages) say Latuda (lurasidone) is worth it
61%
say it works well
25%
say it's a big hassle
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Reviews for Zyprexa (olanzapine)
41%
-20% worse vs. Latuda (lurasidone)
51%
-10% worse vs. Latuda (lurasidone)
51%
-26% worse vs. Latuda (lurasidone)
Have you used Zyprexa (olanzapine)?
Worth itNot sureNot worth it
Side effects
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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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  • Dizziness 7%
  • Constipation 6%
  • Personality disorder 4%
  • Weight gain 5%
  • Positional low blood pressure 3%
  • Restlessness 4%
  • Drowsiness 22%
  • Dry mouth 15%
  • Muscle weakness 9%
  • Indigestion 6%
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How it works
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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.Zyprexa (Olanzapine) is an atypical antipsychotic. Researchers don't know exactly how it works. It seems to change dopamine and serotonin activity in your brain, which affects thoughts and mood.
Type of medication
LatudaZyprexa
Prescription only
Prescription only
Available as
LatudaZyprexa
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
  • Injection
Used for
LatudaZyprexa
Risk factors for serious side effects
LatudaZyprexa
  • 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 »
  • Elderly patients with dementia
  • History of heart problems
  • Drug interactions
  • People with diabetes
  • People with high cholesterol
Detailed Zyprexa (olanzapine) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy

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.

Alcohol
LatudaZyprexa
  • Need to avoid drinking alcohol while taking Latuda (Lurasidone).
No alcohol related info.
Food
LatudaZyprexa
  • 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.
  • Zyprexa (Olanzapine) can increase your blood sugar and cholesterol. Zyprexa (Olanzapine) is more likely to raise your blood sugar and cholesterol compared to other antipsychotic medications. Exercise and eat healthy food to lower your risk.
  • Zyprexa (Olanzapine) can cause you to gain weight. Zyprexa (Olanzapine) is more likely to cause weight gain compared to other antipsychotic medications. Exercise and eat healthy food to lower your risk.
Sleep
LatudaZyprexa
No sleep related info.
  • Might make you more sleepy than some antipsychotics.
  • Can cause dizziness and drowsiness.
Weight
LatudaZyprexa
No weight related info.
  • More likely to cause weight gain and problems with cholesterol or blood sugar compared to other antipsychotics.
  • May cause weight gain and worsen cholesterol or blood sugar.
  • Zyprexa (Olanzapine) can cause you to gain weight. Zyprexa (Olanzapine) is more likely to cause weight gain compared to other antipsychotic medications. Exercise and eat healthy food to lower your risk.
Upsides and benefits
LatudaZyprexa
  • 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.
  • Effective at relieving psychotic symptoms, manic episodes, and agitation in people with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
  • Lowers relapse rates for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
  • Antipsychotic medicines are all about equally effective.
  • Less likely to cause heart problems than some antipsychotics.
Downsides and risks
LatudaZyprexa
  • 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).
  • More likely to cause weight gain and problems with cholesterol or blood sugar compared to other antipsychotics.
  • Might make you more sleepy than some antipsychotics.
  • Mild risk of Extrapyramidal Symptoms (EPS): Movement disorders that include stiffness, tremor, restlessness, and slow, repetitive, or involuntary movements.
  • You might need routine blood tests to check how the medicine is affecting your body.
  • All antipsychotics come with side effects that make them difficult to take. You might need to try a few different medicines until you find one that works for you and that you can tolerate.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
LatudaZyprexa
  • 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.
  • Takes 4 to 6 weeks to see full effects on thoughts and mood.
  • Can cause dizziness and drowsiness.
  • For the first week, avoid activities that require you to be alert.
  • May cause weight gain and worsen cholesterol or blood sugar.
  • Report any unusual thoughts, inability to control muscle movements, or fever and excess sweating to your doctor.
  • Elderly people with dementia shouldn't take it.
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