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Lurasidone is an antipsychotic medication used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar depression. It is thought to work by blocking or lessening the effects of certain chemicals in the brain. The medicine comes in the form of a tablet and is usually taken once a day. Agitation, drowsiness, and nausea are some of the common side effects.

What Is Lurasidone?

Lurasidone hydrochloride (Latuda®) is a prescription medication approved for the treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar depression.
(Click What Is Lurasidone Used For? for more information on this topic, including possible off-label uses.)

Are There Side Effects?

Just like any medicine, lurasidone may cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well.
Some of the most common side effects seen with lurasidone include but are not limited to:
  • Drowsiness
  • An internal jittery or restless feeling (akathisia)
  • Nausea
  • Agitation.
If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious reactions are less common.
(Click Side Effects of Lurasidone to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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