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What should I know before taking lurasidone?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

Antipsychotic drugs may lower white blood cell count. People who are at risk for a low white blood cell count should have it checked before starting an antipsychotic.

Your doctor may need to measure your blood sugar before starting treatment. Lurasidone may raise blood sugar in people with diabetes.

Lurasidone may not be a good option for you if you are pregnant, planning a pregnancy, or may be pregnant. It is not known if it is safe for pregnant women. 

Older people who take antipsychotic drugs have a higher risk of death, especially from heart problems or infection.

People under age 24 with psychiatric disorders who take antidepressant drugs have a higher risk of suicidal thinking and behavior.

It is not known if lurasidone is safe or effective for children and teens.

If you are breastfeeding, lurasidone may not be a good option for you.

If you take lurasidone, you should avoid grapefruit juice.

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