Daily Archives: November 15, 2013

Onto the Latuda Frontier

Yesterday I met with my psychiatrist. Though I’ve tried fourteen different medications in the last two years, I haven’t tried anything new the last couple months after having to stop taking Geodon (due to developing the side effect of muscle spasms in my jaw).

The truth of the matter is I’ve tried most of the drugs that are readily available to one with bipolar disorder, and none of them have worked out (for one reason or another).

Needless to say, I was very excited when I heard that the FDA approved Latuda for Bipolar Type 1 Depression. Thankfully, new medications have been coming out for bipolar disorder fairly frequently (or at least, frequently enough for me to not lose hope entirely).

I showed up at my psychiatrist appointment yesterday with ten printed pages (the application for the Sunovion Support program for Latuda and a copy of last years taxes), where he praised me for doing my homework and gladly filled out the prescriber’s portion of of the application.

Single people with no insurance and an annual income below $34,470 qualify to receive the medication for free, as well as couples below $46,530, and so on (see the website for more details). Seeing as how I’ve made nothing this year, the application process was pretty straight forward.

After the paperwork was faxed to the number provided, all I have left to do now is wait. It might be a number of weeks before I hear anything back, but my psychiatrist said he knows someone with treatment resistant bipolar disorder who has been helped a lot by taking Latuda. I’m trying not to get my hopes up, but I do feel a little more optimistic knowing I’ve got something to try again coming up. It makes the depression of the last few weeks feel more bearable, to be sure!