Latuda tapering may be an option to consider if an ongoing prescription of Latuda is not helping the way it was hoped that it might.
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 an antidepressant medication but the outcome was less than satisfactory. Possibly the prescribing physician switched you to or added an antipsychotic or even multiple medications to the 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. 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 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. The longer an atypical antipsychotic medication has been taken the more intense the side effects may have become, and 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)
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 non-invasive sauna and other cleansing protocols. Toxic clean-out typically results in improved appetite, better sleep, increased energy, calmer, 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 the 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 to promote a healthy microbiome, clean diet, nebulized glutathione, cranial-sacral massage, personal counseling, Life Coaching, trainer-led exercise and yoga classes, the option of Equine therapy and much more.
Nutritional 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 targetted 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 that schizophrenia patients who have continued taking antipsychotic medications long-term do less well than schizophrenia patients who are unmedicated, showing better global functioning and recovery over a 15 year period of follow-ups. Our aim is to provide the treatment, the skills with which to build a meaningful and satisfying life, and education about staying well that can give our clients a substantial foothold on the pathway toward holistic self-care, elimination of symptoms, and the relief that natural (drug-free) mental health can provide.
To Find Out More About Alternative to Meds Programs
We invite you to call and speak to any of our knowledgable 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) NIMH study published in the US National Library of Medicine entitled, “What is the risk-benefit ratio of long-term antipsychotic treatment in schizophrenia?” (Corell, Rubio, Kane) published in the Official Journal of the World Psychiatric Association in June 2018, accessed December 11, 2019 online: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5980517/
(2) Journal of Pharmacology article entitled, “Antipsychotic-induced sensitization and tolerance: Behavioural characteristics, developmental impacts, and neurobiological mechanisms” (Ming Li) published in the US National Library of Medicine, accessed December 12, 2019 online: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4944179/
(3) Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease article entitled “Factors Involved in Outcome and Recovery in Schizophrenia Patients Not on Antipsychotic Medications: A 15 year Multifollow-Up Study” (Harrow, Jobe) published May 2007, accessed December 12, 2019 online: https://journals.lww.com/jonmd/pages/articleviewer.aspx?year=2007&issue=05000&article=00007&type=abstract
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.