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What Is Lurasidone Used For?

Lurasidone is prescribed for the treatment of schizophrenia, a mental illness characterized by symptoms like delusions, hallucinations, and movement disorders. It can also be used to treat bipolar depression. The medication is thought to work by decreasing the effects of certain chemicals within the brain. Lurasidone is not approved for use in children.

An Overview of Uses for Lurasidone

Lurasidone hydrochloride (Latuda®) is a prescription antipsychotic medication approved for the treatment of schizophrenia in adults. It is also approved to treat bipolar disorder

Using Lurasidone for Schizophrenia

One of the most confusing and disabling mental illnesses, schizophrenia is a group of mental disorders that involve abnormal thinking. Although the causes of schizophrenia are not fully understood, it is currently thought that genetics and environmental factors play important roles in its development.
Depending on the type of schizophrenia a person has (see Types of Schizophrenia), symptoms may include the following:
  • Delusions
  • Hallucinations
  • Flat affect (immobile facial expression, monotonous voice)
  • Lack of pleasure in everyday life
  • A diminished ability to initiate and sustain planned activity
  • Speaking infrequently, even when forced to interact
  • Thought disorders
  • Disorders of movement
  • Poor executive functioning (the ability to absorb and interpret information and make decisions based on it)
  • An inability to stay focused
  • Problems with working memory (the ability to keep recently learned information in mind and use it right away).
Although psychotherapy may be helpful for schizophrenia (see Psychosocial Therapy for Schizophrenics), medication is often essential to schizophrenia treatment. Lurasidone can help improve the symptoms of schizophrenia.
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