Important Information for Your Healthcare ProviderYou should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking lurasidone if you have:
- Kidney disease, including kidney failure (renal failure)
- Liver disease, such as liver failure, cirrhosis, or hepatitis
- High cholesterol or triglycerides
- Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia
- Low blood pressure (orthostatic hypotension)
- Heart disease, congestive heart failure (CHF), or other heart problems
- Any allergies, including to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Latuda and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Latuda and Breastfeeding).
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Lurasidone to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)
How Does Lurasidone Work?Lurasidone belongs to a group of medications called atypical (or second-generation) antipsychotic medications. It is not entirely known how this drug works for the treatment of schizophrenia. However, it is known that lurasidone blocks or lessens the effects of certain chemicals in the brain. These chemicals (such as dopamine and serotonin) may be elevated in people with schizophrenia. Lurasidone likely works for bipolar disorder in similar manner.