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Lurasidone

Last updated on 12/07/2021.

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GENERIC NAME: Lurasidone

CHINESE NAME: 魯拉西酮

BRAND NAME(S) IN HONG KONG: Latuda 朗舒達

DRUG CLASS: Antipsychotics

SUB CLASS: Atypical antipsychotics

USED FOR: Schizophrenia

AVAILABLE DOSAGE FORMS:
– 40 mg, 80 mg (tablets)

What is Lurasidone for?

Lurasidone belongs to a class of medications called atypical antipsychotics. It works by balancing the chemicals in your brain and hence restores normal mood, mind, and behaviour. Lurasidone is therefore used to treat schizophrenia.

How to use it?

Lurasidone can be taken by mouth. It should be taken with food.

Schizophrenia
Adult
Initially 40 mg once daily. Usual dose range is 40-160 mg per day. Maximum dose is 160 mg daily.
Child 15-17 years
Initially 40 mg once daily. Usual dose range is 40-80 mg per day. Maximum dose is 80 mg daily.

What are the side effects of Lurasidone?

Common side effects of Lurasidone include anxiety, drooling, fatigue, gastrointestinal discomfort, muscle pain and stiffness, difficulty sleeping, agitation, amenorrhoea, constipation, dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth, erectile dysfunction, insomnia, parkinsonism, seizure, tremor and vomiting.

Who should not take Lurasidone?

People allergic to Lurasidone or any component of the formulation

Pharmacist Tips:

– This medication may cause sedation. Avoid driving or operating machinery until you know how you respond to Lurasidone.
– Do not consume alcohol while on this medication.

Common dosing schedule:
Lurasidone is taken once daily. It should be taken with food.

This schedule is for reference only, adjustments may be made according to individual needs.

Some common medications Lurasidone may interact with:
– Ketoconazole
– Clarithromycin
– Rifampin
– Carbamazepine
– Phenytoin

Please notify your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking the above medication, dosage adjustments might be needed.

Where to buy Lurasidone in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, Lurasidone is a prescription only medicine, and requires a prescription from a doctor to be purchased in a pharmacy. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.

For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at https://www.drugoffice.gov.hk

Need more information?

For detailed information about the use of Lurasidone in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.

Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.