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The reason that I struggled with what time to take it is that it is supposed to be taken with 350 calories in order to be absorbed properly. That is a small meal, and I'm trying to lose weight. I tried taking it with breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and that bad feeling came on after a few hours and I knew I couldn't tolerate it at those times. The only other time left is later at night, close to my bedtime. If I take it at night I feel good the next day. It doesn't help with sleep, so I'm taking 200 mg of Seroquel for that purpose, with the goal of slowly cutting that dose down. My psychiatrist believes that I need an antipsychotic along with my mood stabilizers, and I have found that if I take Latuda at night, I feel energetic during the day and tend to ruminate less and I also feel less anxious. But, if I take it any time before bedtime I have a very negative experience. So, I've been taking it at night with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich after dinner, and I'm trying to eat less during the day to make up for what feels like an indulgence, although it's necessary.
The most challenging part of my treatment for bipolar disorder has been deciding which antipsychotic to take. The closest second to Latuda that I have tried is Seroquel. Seroquel helped me to sleep at night, and made me feel calm, but it is very sedating when taken during the day, and also caused quite a bit of weight gain when taken at higher doses. So, for now, my regimen is 200 mg. Lamictal, 1200 mg. Trileptal, 80 mg. Latuda, and 200 mg. Seroquel.
Latuda is very expensive, and that makes me nervous. If I ever lost my Extra Help with Medicare, I would not be able to afford it and would have to take something else, and I think that would be Seroquel. It would definitely be an adjustment.