Lurasidone Dosage for Bipolar Depression
The recommended starting lurasidone dose for bipolar depression is 10 mg once daily. Your healthcare provider may increase this amount up to a maximum of 160 mg once a day, but only if necessary, since 20 mg daily is adequate for many people.
If you have moderate or severe kidney or liver disease, or are taking certain other medications (see Drug Interactions With Lurasidone), you might be started with a lower amount (20 mg a day), and a lower maximum dosage may be recommended (either 40 mg or 80 mg, depending on your particular situation).
It is important to take your lurasidone dosage with food, since taking the drug on an empty stomach reduces the amount that is absorbed into the body. The content of the meal or snack does not matter, but it should consist of at least 350 calories.
Some considerations to keep in mind during treatment with lurasidone include the following:
- Lurasidone comes in tablet form. It is usually taken by mouth once a day.
- It does not matter what time of day you take this medication. However, if you experience excessive drowsiness, you might want to try taking it at bedtime to limit this side effect.
- It is important to take each dose of this medication with food.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Lurasidone will not work if you stop taking it.
- If you are unsure about anything related to your dosage or lurasidone dosing in general, please talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.