My pdoc switched me from Seroquel to Latuda about 5 weeks ago. I had weaned myself down to Seroquel 200mg for weight loss with the intent of stopping it. After three weeks, she wanted to call in a 90-day supply before I ran out of the free samples she had given me. Because I had not taken Latuda that long and I didn't feel comfortable to make what I thought would be a hasty decision after 3 weeks, I asked if she could give me more free samples of Latuda. Luckily, she had enough to give me one more month's supply of free samples. It doesn't hurt to ask for free samples when you are indecisive weighing the pros and cons. I realize that it may take longer than a few months to know if a medication works and is right for me. In the meantime, we are in the process of decreasing my Lamotrigine dosage from 300mg to 200mg to see if that helps to lift some of my head fog. One thing with the Latuda, I am restless and irritable (cons). I have more energy (pro) than when I was taking Seroquel. My focus is much better (pro) and I am able to accomplish a lot during the day, and for the time being, I can fall asleep within 30 minutes without a sleep aid (pro) and I wake up frequently (con). I only take Latuda and Lamotrigine and I am not depressed (pro). Everyone reacts to medications differently so each will have their own pros and cons. One more thing, most people who post here who take Depakote say they have major hair loss. Is there anyone who hasn't experienced hair loss while taking Depakote? Just curious. View Thread
Dear Dr. G, Tomorrow is my next appointment and I have to decide if I stay on Latuda. I have slept fairly consistently this week. I find myself shaking but can stop it if I concentrate, I obsess over nothing tangible and pace for hours. I will discuss these symptoms with my doctor. Questions: Can I sleep fairly consistently and still be manic? I pace for hours. Does akathisia with Latuda depend on dosage or length of time taken? I noticed Lamotrigine has a major interaction with Latuda. When should I be concerned about interactions — now or only when I am having negative symptoms? MercyView Thread
Dr. G. posted a reference to a book I can't remember the title but something like Managing Side Effects?? Couldn't find his post about it. You might Bing it.
I think it would be a good book to read. There are so many of us who have bad side effects. I had horrible side effects with Topomax. I kept reading the medication information that came with the prescription. I kept thinking I'm not drinking enough water and I blamed myself for it not working because I really wanted it work for weight loss, and because of that I stayed on the medication too long.
I know I'm going on and on the Seroquel kept me calm, but my husband said it was turning me into a zombie and would 'settle' for me being somewhere between comatose and dangerous. I just got used to the fog after taking it for two years and I thought I was supposed to feel that way. I stopped Seroquel altogether last week and I sure do miss the good sleep. I also had to take Benztropine with it at times because I felt like I wanted to jump out of my skin. It never made my hands shake but I did have restless leg syndrome some nights.
I hope you find something to replace it that doesn't have bad or worse side effectsView Thread
Dear Dr. G, Again, thank you for the information and your time. The information will help me to have a more confident voice at my next doctor appointment. It's a blessing to have my husband come with me to the appointments and share his concerns, but I felt like he suddenly had more credibility than I have had in my previous appointments alone and that's why my doctor made the decision to switch me from Seroquel to Latuda. I was and still am uncomfortable with that decision more so than I am taking the new medication. Thank you for listening Mercy
I'm not doing as well as I thought I was. After a meeting with my pdoc and husband, the pdoc decided to take me off of Seroquel because she needed to increase the dose to 800mg by now but I cannot tolerate 500 mg and showing signs of psychosis. We have another appointment in 2 weeks. Monday, I started Latuda at 20 mg and will increase to 80 mg in 3 to 4 weeks if I can tolerate it. As of yesterday, I am completely off Seroquel and took the 1st day of Latuda at 40 mg. I am still taking 300mg of Lamotrigine. Question: What are the equivalent therapeutic doses for Seroquel and Latuda? Seroquel: 150 mg anxiety, 300mg depression, 600mg mania and 800mg psychosis Latuda: 20mg ? 40mg? 60mg? 80mg? Also, I notice Latuda is not sedative like Seroquel (at 20mg and 40 mg). Since the change in medications. I have lots of energy, good focus, little sleep, and I am irritable and restless. Will any sedation occur with dose increases? I am taking 10 mg of Melatonin at night for sleep and nada wink. Thank you, Mercy View Thread
Cookie!!! I signed in just for you dahling! Many hugs to you. You probably need a special therapist just for your vagigi. I hope you are feeling better.
My new therapist on my1st visit (not a free consult) talked about a special kind of fish oil for 15 min-20 min. I did not want to be rude because he is a very nice but I felt like saying "Move on to the next thing man I gotta long list here!"
I hope I can post more this year xxxxxxxoooooo Mercy HunView Thread
Thank you for your response. Like others here I appreciate your support. If I do decide to search for another therapist then I will have to ask for free consults as my online searches do not indicate free consults. Yes. It is important to be patient and to spend our time wisely when we have the time to search for help. You are fortunate to have found a doctor who is the best match for you.View Thread
I have never been offered a free consult from a therapist or any doctor. I think if I had a free consult I might feel obligated to continue to see that therapist and it would be hard for me to put them on hold until after I had interviewed other therapists. I might think that I would hurt their feelings. Have you ever had a therapist tell you it's not a good fit for them? I haven't. I think if you pay on the first visit a therapist will always think that is good fit, and especially, if they know your insurance will cover future visits. Seeing a therapist is a luxury like seeing a dentist lol. So, how did you get free half hour consultation visits with three therapists? I hope you find a therapist that is a good match and don't think twice about putting them on hold because after all you will hear the sound ca-ching ca-ching even with the best match.
Also, you did ask me why I want to find another therapist when I have only seen my new therapist for three visits. Do you mind if I use this post to answer your question? View Thread