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What Is Lurasidone?

If you have been diagnosed with schizophrenia, you may be aware that lurasidone hydrochloride (Latuda®) is used to treat the symptoms of this mental illness. But what is lurasidone and how does it work?
Lurasidone belongs to a class of drugs known as atypical (or second-generation) antipsychotics. It is thought to work by lessening the effects of certain chemicals within the brain, such as dopamine and serotonin, which may be elevated in people with schizophrenia. The drug is also approved to treat bipolar depression.
Typically, lurasidone is taken once a day. The medication comes in the form of a tablet that should be taken with food. Taking it with food will help your body absorb as much of the medicine as possible. Common side effects include drowsiness, nausea, and restlessness.
(To learn more about what this drug is used for, click Lurasidone. This article offers a more complete overview of dosing guidelines, possible side effects, and general precautions.)
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