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Written by Lyle Murphy Published Dec 16, 2019
Medically Reviewed by Dr Samuel Lee MD

Latuda tapering may be an option to consider if an ongoing prescription of Latuda is not helping the way you hoped it would.

Are you afraid of possibly needing to stay on this antipsychotic drug indefinitely? If you’re ready to begin tapering, we have the supportive, holistic methods and the compassion to help.

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Reasons Latuda is Prescribed

While Latuda (or lurasidone) is classified as an antipsychotic medication used in the treatment of schizophrenia or psychosis, it is also prescribed for depression or other symptoms associated with bipolar disorders.

As an adult, you may have been diagnosed with a depressive disorder, or perhaps a mix of symptoms, and possibly you were first prescribed antidepressant medication. However, it is possible that the outcome was less than satisfactory. Possibly the prescribing physician switched you to or added antipsychotic or even multiple medications to your regimen. Over time, drug effects can intensify and become hard to tolerate, and long-term drug use can introduce new symptoms that are also hard to deal with. At the same time, initial symptoms can begin to re-surface despite the prescription. (See below for more information on this common phenomenon.) If any of this seems familiar, a Latuda tapering program may be the first step in regaining natural mental health.

This is especially true if it is done in a compassionate treatment setting that seeks to discover and comprehensively treat underlying root causes for mental symptoms like depression or schizophrenia rather than masking them with more and more drugs. The longer one stays on heavy drugs, as can often happen in treating schizophrenia, for example with antipsychotic medications, the more likely health issues tend to worsen and the efficacy of the drug tends to decrease.1,3

Cautions for Latuda (lurasidone) Tapering

The most important factor in successful lurasidone tapering is to take a slow and measured approach. A person who has presented schizophrenic, psychotic, or major depressive symptoms prior to taking Latuda may likely already be in something of a fractured or at least fragile condition. Care must be taken not to burden a person unduly when in such a condition. Alternative to Meds Center takes a compassionate and gentle approach to help clients maneuver through their program to ensure it is as comfortable and safe as possible.

Notes on Developing Latuda Tolerance

The longer one takes an atypical antipsychotic medication the more intense the side effects may have become. Also, the less efficacious the medication tends to become. That can lead to original symptoms intensifying, which the drug is no longer able to dampen or suppress. This predicament is called tolerance which may gradually occur especially where the antipsychotic drug has been taken for a long time.2

Purging Neurotoxins Helps Latuda Tapering

Aggressively reducing the dosage will not be able to be tolerated in such circumstances. The recommended method is to soften the withdrawals as much as possible using slow and careful micro-adjustments. Prior to beginning Latuda tapering, the client is tested for the presence of toxic burden such as heavy metals, chemical residues, or other neurotoxic accumulations. These can be gently purged from the system using low-temperature, non-invasive sauna, and other cleansing protocols. Toxic clean-out typically results in improved appetite, better sleep, increased energy, calmer, a brightened mood, and other positive stabilizing changes. These changes lead to establishing an optimum point at which to begin the taper process.

Making a Gentle Transition is Key

There are many other adjunctive protocols offered that can concurrently ease and soften the taper process to a significant degree. At Alternative to Meds Center, we help our clients with supportive therapies all the way along, such as therapeutic massage, Reiki, holistic sleep aids, digestive aids that promote a healthy microbiome, a strategically structured clean diet, nebulized glutathione, craniosacral massage, personal counseling, Life Coaching, trainer-led exercise and yoga classes, equine therapy, and many more therapeutic options.

Importance of Diet When Coming Off Latuda

holistic latuda taperingNutritional evaluation, testing, and corrective diet and supplementation are begun early in the program so that situations such as deficiencies or out of balance minerals or other bio-factors can begin to be repaired without delay. Meals are prepared within the framework of a delicious, nutrient-dense, and mostly organic keto-based diet, using foods containing no chemicals, additives, or preservatives. Additionally, the complete elimination of stimulants such as caffeine or sugars and avoiding neurotoxic artificial sweeteners and flavor enhancers, etc. can also benefit greatly.

A person coming off antipsychotic medication needs exacting protocols to begin to normalize and repair the neurochemistry that will allow symptoms to abate in a natural and healing way. Through targeted nutritional supplementation and other protocols, this is one of the prime goals that we help our clients achieve in a welcoming, compassionate, and safe environment. Educational components delivered to the client are informative and applicable for self-care and can boost self-confidence greatly as they are given important tools and an understanding of building and maintaining healthy neurochemistry and other aspects of wellness that they can apply while in the program and continue to benefit from for the rest of their life. Knowledge can be a truly valuable asset for recovery.

Achieving Natural Mental Health is Possible

Research has shown a variety of outcomes when schizophrenia patients have continued taking antipsychotic medications long-term. There are studies that suggest the patients do less well on continuous medication over decades of treatment than unmedicated patients. Some also show better all-around functioning and recovery on unmedicated persons over more than a decade of follow-ups.4,5

Rarely does one cookie-cutter solution sufficiently answer such complex medical conditions. Our aim is to provide the least harmful treatment, coupled with the most helpful strategies to build a meaningful and satisfying life. We aim also to provide enough education about staying well so that clients are sufficiently equipped to gain a foothold on their pathway toward holistic self-care, elimination of symptoms, and experience the relief that natural (drug-free) mental health can provide.

To Find Out More

We invite you to call and speak to any of our knowledgeable and caring staff who will be happy to explain more about the protocols we use and any questions you may have about the program or insurance needs, or any other questions. Find out how the inpatient Latuda tapering program offered may be the answer you or your loved one has been looking for.

1. Rubin, E “Long-Term Effects of of Antipsychotics” Psychology Today [online] 2017 Nov 15 [cited 2020 Nov 27]

2. Li M “Antipsychotic-induced sensitization and tolerance: Behavioural characteristics, developmental impacts, and neurobiological mechanisms” Journal of Pharmacology, US National Library of Medicine [INTERNET] 2016 Jul 1 [cited 2020 Jun 5]

3. Davis JM, Matalon L, Watanabe MD, Blake L, Metalon L [corrected to Matalon L]. “Depot antipsychotic drugs. Place in therapy.” Drugs. 1994 May;47(5):741-73. doi: 10.2165/00003495-199447050-00004. Erratum in: Drugs 1994 Oct;48(4):616. PMID: 7520856. [cited 2020 Dec 9]

4. Harrow M, Jobe T, ” Long-term antipsychotic treatmentof schizophrenia – does it help or hurt over a 20-year period?” Journal of World Psychiatry 2018 Jun, PMID 29856562 [cited 2020 Dec 9]

5. Correll et al., “What is the risk-benefit ratio of long-term antipsychotic treatment in people with schizophrenia?” Journal or World Psychiatry 2018 May [cited 2020 Dec 9]

This content has been reviewed and approved by a licensed physician.

Dr. Samuel Lee

Dr. Samuel Lee is a board-certified psychiatrist, specializing in a spiritually-based mental health discipline and integrative approaches. He graduated with an MD at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and did a residency in psychiatry at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. He has also been an inpatient adult psychiatrist at Kaweah Delta Mental Health Hospital and the primary attending geriatric psychiatrist at the Auerbach Inpatient Psychiatric Jewish Home Hospital. In addition, he served as the general adult outpatient psychiatrist at Kaiser Permanente.  He is board-certified in psychiatry and neurology and has a B.A. Magna Cum Laude in Religion from Pacific Union College. His specialty is in natural healing techniques that promote the body’s innate ability to heal itself.

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