What is Latuda Withdrawal?
Latuda is a drug that belongs to the class of second generation antipsychotic drugs. It is used for the treatment of depressive episodes occurring in patients suffering from bipolar disorders. It is also used to treat and control mania when it is prescribed along with lithium and the negative and cognitive symptoms of schizophrenia. It works by regulating the levels of neurotransmitters, dopamine and serotonin in the brain.
However, use of the drug in larger quantities than prescribed over a period of time, makes the body resistant to it. Thus, increasingly higher quantities of the drug have to be consumed to produce the same effects. This may result in the person getting addicted to the drug. In cases when a person tries to get rid of the addiction they cannot adjust to a sudden absence of the drug in their system and develop symptoms related to latuda withdrawal.
Latuda Withdrawal Symptoms
- Body aches
- Problems in concentrating
- Mood swing
- Suicidal thoughts
- Memory problems
- Weight loss
- Vision changes
- Sleep changes
- Racing thoughts
- Consumption pattern of the patient’s use of the drug with regard to the dosage and frequency must be known.
- Underlying reasons such as stress and depression must be taken into account.
- Tests should be conducted to identify the kinds of toxins affecting the patient.
- Patterns of use of the drug must be carefully assessed.
- Tapering instead of cold turkey needs to be adopted where by gradual reduction need to be adopted. For example, if a person has been consuming 40 mg, he or she needs to reduce its consumption to 30 mg over a period of 2 weeks. Decreasing 10mg every couple of week here will be an idea approach to completely withdraw.
- Stay away from stressful or depressing conditions that may result in a drug craving.
- Maintain healthy eating and sleeping habits to ensure faster recovery.
- Use medications that help to ease withdrawal symptoms.
- Invest time in exercising and meditating to increase concentration power.
- Indulge in day to day as well as recreational activities to divert attention away from the addiction.
- Avoid intake of the drug along with any other substance unless it has been prescribed.
An exact timeline for complete withdrawal is yet to be established in case of Latuda. . Most often withdrawal symptoms begin to emerge after the drug has been cleared out of the system completely. He drug has a half-life of 18 hours whereby it is expected that Latuda will take 126 hours detox from the body. It takes a few months for the withdrawal symptoms to subside. However, the symptoms may persist for a while even after the treatment has been completed.