Lurasidone treats schizophrenia and bipolar depression. To ensure this medication works the best, take this medication with food (meal should be at least 350 calories).

Lurasidone Overview

Reviewed: August 7, 2013

Lurasidone is a prescription medication used to treat schizophrenia and depression. Lurasidone belongs to a group of drugs called atypical antipsychotics. These medications work by acting on certain receptors in the brain that affect mood and behavior.

This medication comes in tablet form and is usually taken once daily, with food.

Common side effects include restlessness, nausea, and drowsiness. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how this medication affects you.

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Uses of Lurasidone

Lurasidone is a prescription medication used to treat schizophrenia and depression associated with bipolar I disorder.

This medication may be prescribed for other uses. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Lurasidone Brand Names

Lurasidone may be found in some form under the following brand names:

Lurasidone Drug Class

Lurasidone is part of the drug class:

Side Effects of Lurasidone

Serious side effects have been reported with lurasidone. See "Drug Precautions" section.

Common side effects include:

  • sleepiness or drowsiness
  • restlessness and feeling like you need to move around (akathisia)
  • difficulty moving, slow movements, muscle stiffness, or tremor
  • nausea

These are not all the possible side effects of lurasidone. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.


Lurasidone Interactions

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take including prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Especially tell your doctor if you take medicines for:

  • depression
  • high blood pressure - such as diltiazem (Cardizem, Cartia, Taztia, Tiazac, others), and verapamil (Calan, Covera, Isoptin, Verelan, in Tarka, and others)
  • Parkinson's disease
  • trouble sleeping
  • abnormal heart beats or rhythm
  • epilepsy - such as carbamazepine (Carbatrol, Epitol, Tegretol), phenobarbital, and phenytoin (Dilantin, Phenytek)
  • inflammation
  • psychosis

This is not a complete list of lurasidone drug interactions. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Lurasidone Precautions

Serious side effects have been reported including:

  1. Increased risk of death in elderly people who are confused, have memory loss and have lost touch with reality (dementia-related psychosis). Medicines like lurasidone can increase the risk of death in elderly people who are confused, have memory loss and have lost touch with reality (dementia-related psychosis). lurasidone should not be used to treat people with dementia-related psychosis.
  2. Increased risk of suicidal thoughts or actions (antidepressant medicines, depression and other serious mental illnesses, and suicidal thoughts or actions).
    • Talk to your, or your family member's, healthcare provider about:
      • all risks and benefits of treatment with antidepressant medicines.
      • all treatment choices for depression or other serious mental illness.
    • Antidepressant medicines may increase suicidal thoughts or actions in some children, teenagers, and young adults within the first few months of treatment.
    • Depression and other serious mental illnesses are the most important causes of suicidal thoughts and actions. Some people may have a particularly high risk of having suicidal thoughts or actions. These include people who have (or have a family history of) depression, bipolar illness (also called manic-depressive illness), or a history of suicidal thoughts or actions.
    • How can I watch for and try to prevent suicidal thoughts and actions in myself or a family member?
      • Pay close attention to any changes, especially sudden changes, in mood, behaviors, thoughts, or feelings. This is very important when an antidepressant medicine is started or when the dose is changed.
      • Call the healthcare provider right away to report new or sudden changes in mood, behavior, thoughts, or feelings.
      • Keep all follow-up visits with the healthcare provider as scheduled. Call the healthcare provider between visits as needed, especially if you have concerns about symptoms.

Call a healthcare provider right away if you or your family member has any of the following symptoms, especially if they are new, worse, or worry you:

  • thoughts about suicide or dying
  • attempts to commit suicide
  • new or worse depression
  • new or worse anxiety
  • feeling very agitated or restless
  • panic attacks
  • trouble sleeping (insomnia)
  • new or worse irritability
  • acting aggressive, being angry, or violent
  • acting on dangerous impulses
  • an extreme increase in activity and talking (mania)
  • other unusual changes in behavior or mood

Do not take lurasidone if you:

  • are allergic to lurasidone hydrochloride or any of the other ingredients in lurasidone.
  • are taking certain other medicines called CYP3A4 inhibitors or inducers including ketoconazole, clarithromycin, ritonavir, voriconazole, mibefradil, rifampin, avasimibe, St. John's wort, phenytoin, or carbamazepine. Ask your healthcare provider if you are not sure if you are taking any of these medicines.

Lurasidone Food Interactions

Grapefruit and grapefruit juice may interact with lurasidone and lead to potentially dangerous effects. Discuss the use of grapefruit products with your doctor.



Inform MD

Before you take lurasidone, tell your healthcare provider if you:

  • have or have had diabetes or high blood sugar in you or your family. Your healthcare provider should check your blood sugar before you start lurasidone and also during therapy.
  • have or have had high levels of total cholesterol, triglycerides or LDL-cholesterol or low levels of HDL-cholesterol
  • have or have had low or high blood pressure
  • have or have had low white blood cell count
  • have or have had seizures
  • have or have had abnormal thyroid tests
  • have or have had high prolactin levels
  • have or have had heart problems
  • have or have had liver problems
  • have or have had any other medical conditions
  • are pregnant or breastfeeding

Tell the healthcare provider about all the medicines that you take or recently have taken including prescription medicines, over-the-counter medicines, herbal supplements and vitamins.

Lurasidone and Pregnancy

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

The FDA categorizes medications based on safety for use during pregnancy. Five categories - A, B, C, D, and X, are used to classify the possible risks to an unborn baby when a medication is taken during pregnancy.

Lurasidone falls into category B. It is not known if lurasidone will harm your unborn baby. This medication should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit to the mother justifies the risk to the unborn baby.

Lurasidone and Lactation

Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed.

It is not known if lurasidone crosses into human milk. Because many medications can cross into human milk and because of the possibility for serious adverse reactions in nursing infants with use of this medication, a choice should be made whether to stop nursing or stop the use of this medication. Your doctor and you will decide if the benefits outweigh the risk of using lurasidone.


Lurasidone Usage

  • Take lurasidone exactly as your healthcare provider tells you to take it. Do not change the dose yourself.
  • Take lurasidone by mouth, with food (at least 350 calories).
  • If you miss a dose, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the regular time. Do not take two doses of lurasidone at the same time.

While taking lurasidone, avoid the following:

  • Avoid eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice while you take lurasidonesince these can affect the amount of lurasidone in the blood.
  • Do not drive, operate machinery, or do other dangerous activities until you know how lurasidone affects you. lurasidone may make you drowsy.
  • Avoid getting overheated or dehydrated.
  • Do not over-exercise.
  • In hot weather, stay inside in a cool place if possible.
  • Stay out of the sun. Do not wear too much or heavy clothing.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Do not drink alcohol while taking lurasidone. It may make some side effects of lurasidone worse.

Lurasidone Dosage

Take lurasidone exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully.

The lurasidone dose your doctor recommends will be based on the following: 

  • the condition being treated
  • other medical conditions you have
  • other medications you are taking
  • how you respond to this medication

The recommended starting dose is 20 mg for depression associated with bipolar disease and 40 mg for schizophrenia. The maximum recommended maintenance dose is 160 mg.

Lurasidone Overdose

If you take too much lurasidone, call your healthcare provider or poison control center at 1-800-222-1222 right away, or go to the nearest hospital emergency room.

Other Requirements

  • Store lurasidone tablets at room temperature between 68°F to 77°F (20°C to 25°C).
  • Keep lurasidone and all medicines out of the reach of children.

Lurasidone FDA Warning


  • Elderly patients with dementia-related psychosis treated with antipsychotic drugs are at an increased risk of death.
  • Lurasidone is not approved for use in patients with dementia-related psychosis.
  • Antidepressants increased the risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior in children, adolescents, and young adults in short-term studies. These studies did not show an increase in the risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior with antidepressant use in patients over age 24; there was a reduction in risk with antidepressant use in patients aged 65 and older.
  • In patients of all ages who are started on antidepressant therapy, monitor closely for worsening, and for emergence of suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Advise families and caregivers of the need for close observation and communication with the prescriber.