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Lurasidone

Uses

The following mental health disorders are treated with this antipsychotic drug:

  • Schizophrenia (in adults and children aged 13 and older)
  • Bipolar disorder (in adults and children over the age of 10)

 IUPAC name: (1R,2S,6R,7S)-4-[[(1R,2R)-2-[[4-(1,2-benzothiazol-3-yl)piperazin-1-yl]methyl]cyclohexyl]methyl]-4-azatricyclo[5.2.1.02,6]decane-3,5-dione

Drug class: Atypical antipsychotics

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Route of administration: Oral

Is it a drug that needs a prescription? YES

Is it an OTC drug? NO

Mechanism of action

This medication works by regulating and restoring the activity of certain neurotransmitters (such as dopamine and serotonin) in the brain and helps to enhance thoughts, feelings, moods, and behavior. 

Side effects

It may cause dizziness, drowsiness, headache, unsteadiness, tremors, lack of body balance, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, weight gain, fatigue, weakness, lack of energy, restlessness, salivation, agitation, and low blood pressure.

Precautions

Before using this medication, take the following precautions and notify your doctor:

If you are allergic to it or to other antipsychotic (neuroleptic) drugs, or if you have any other allergies,

If you are taking any other medication (prescribed, non-prescribed, or herbal products),

If you have a history of hepatic issues (liver disease), kidney disease, stroke, leukemia (low white blood cell count), seizures (fits), obesity, hypotension (low blood pressure), diabetes, dementia, intestinal blockage due to paralytic ileus, trouble swallowing, breathing/lung problems (including sleep apnea, severe asthma, COPD-chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), cardiac disease (heart attack, congestive heart failure, arrhythmia),

If you have undergone any type of surgery,

Lurasidone may increase the risk of developing hyperglycemia (increased blood sugar level) even if you don’t have diabetes.

 

Limit your alcohol usage since it increases your chances of developing blurred vision, dizziness, or drowsiness. It may also cause a loss of alertness.

This drug’s adverse effects are more severe in older adults with dementia.

Avoid activities that can cause you to overheat while taking this medication.

Avoid abruptly discontinuing this medication without first talking to your doctor.

If you are pregnant, talk to your doctor. Using this drug in the last trimester of pregnancy is not recommended since it might harm the unborn child.

Consult your doctor if you are breastfeeding.

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