Lurasidone – Psychopharmacology, Side Effects and Clinical Pearls

Posted on: August 23, 2020
Last Updated: November 19, 2021

Lurasidone is an Atypical antipsychotic / Second Generation antipsychotic which is metabolically friendly. It has D2-5HT2A antagonistic properties.

It also acts on the following receptors

1. 5HT-7 antagonism which gives it procognitive and antidepressant effect

2. Alpha 2 A and C antagonism – antidepressant properties

3. 5HT1A partial agonism – antidepressant properties

Side effects –

Akathisia should be carefully monitored for.


  • Half-life of 18 hrs.
  • Metabolised by CYP3A4. Lurasidone is contraindicated with strong CYP3A4 inhibitors (e.g., ketoconazole, clarithromycin, ritonavir, and voriconazole) and strong CYP3A4 inducers (e.g., rifampin, St. John’s wort, phenytoin, and carbamazepine)
  • Grapefruit and grapefruit juice should be avoided in patients taking Lurasidone, as these may inhibit CYP3A4.

Dose range : 40 mg – 160 mg.

Important pearls:

Read more on the mechanism of action of Lurasidone and other oral antipsychotics