Compare Latuda vs. Saphris

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Latuda (lurasidone)

Prescription only

Saphris (asenapine)

Prescription only
Helps control your thoughts and mood.

Latuda (lurasidone) is good for treating schizophrenia and depression related to bipolar disorder, but can cause sleepiness and movement disorders that can affect your ability to stay alert.

3.8/ 5 average rating with 61 reviewsforLatuda
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.

Upsides
  • Has been shown in clinical studies to help people experience improvement in their thoughts and mood.
  • Can be taken alone or with other medications that manage your mood.
  • Compared to other antipsychotic medicines, Latuda (lurasidone) has a lower risk of causing weight gain, high cholesterol, high blood sugar, and heart rhythm changes.
  • 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
  • It may take several weeks before you feel the full effects of Latuda (lurasidone).
  • You may get more side effects if you're taking certain antifungal and heart medicines.
  • 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).
  • 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.
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  • Dissolving pill
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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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Side effects
12possible side effects
  • Nausea
    14%
  • Sleepiness
    11%
  • Restlessness
    9%
  • Movement disorder
    7%
  • Dry mouth
    5%
  • Vomiting
    4%
  • Diarrhea
    4%
  • Common cold
    4%
  • Anxiety
    4%
  • Flu
    2%
  • Urinary tract infection
    2%
  • Back pain
    2%
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10possible side effects
  • Sleepiness
    22%
  • Trouble sleeping
    10%
  • Difficulty controlling movements
    6%
  • Numbness in the mouth
    5%
  • Fatigue
    4%
  • Dizziness
    4%
  • Indigestion
    3%
  • Swelling in the arms and legs
    3%
  • Weight gain
    3%
  • High blood pressure
    3%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Increased risk of death
    • Elderly patients with dementia
  • Suicidal thoughts or behavior
  • Abnormal and involuntary muscle movements
    • Taking Latuda (lurasidone) in higher doses or for a long time
    • Elderly
    • Female
  • Low blood pressure
    • Dehydration
    • Taking blood pressure medications
  • Sedation and driving impairment
    • Taking with alcohol
    • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
  • Low white blood cells
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  • Higher risk of death
    • People age 65 or older with dementia and psychosis
  • Neuroleptic malignant syndrome
    • Taking antipsychotic medications
  • Difficulty controlling movements
  • Weight gain and diabetes
  • Changes in blood pressure and fainting
    • High blood pressure
    • History of heart disease
  • Higher risk of infection
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