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Generic name: lumateperone [ LOO-ma-TE-per-one ]
Brand name: Caplyta
Dosage form: oral capsule (10.5 mg; 21 mg; 42 mg)
Drug class: Atypical antipsychotics

Medically reviewed by on Jul 14, 2023. Written by Cerner Multum.

What is lumateperone?

Lumateperone is used in adults to treat schizophrenia.

Lumateperone is also used alone or with lithium or valproate to treat depression with bipolar disorder (manic depression).

Lumateperone may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Lumateperone side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

People with depression or mental illness may have thoughts about suicide. Some young people may have increased suicidal thoughts when first starting a medicine to treat depression. Stay alert to changes in your mood or symptoms. Your family or caregivers should also watch for sudden changes in your behavior.

High doses or long-term use of lumateperone can cause a serious movement disorder that may not be reversible. The longer you use lumateperone, the more likely you are to develop this disorder, especially if you are a woman or an older adult.

Lumateperone may cause serious side effects. Call your doctor at once if you have:

Common side effects of lumateperone may include:

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.


Lumateperone is not approved for use in older adults with dementia-related psychosis.

People with depression or mental illness may have thoughts about suicide. Some young people may have increased suicidal thoughts when first starting a medicine to treat depression. Tell your doctor right away if you have any sudden changes in mood or behavior, or thoughts about suicide.

Before taking this medicine

You should not use lumateperone if you are allergic to it.

Lumateperone may increase the risk of death in older adults with dementia-related psychosis and is not approved for this use.

Tell your doctor if you have or have ever had:

Taking antipsychotic medicine in the last 3 months of pregnancy may cause serious problems in the newborn. Tell your doctor right away if you get pregnant. Do not stop the medicine without your doctor's advice.

If you are pregnant, your name may be listed on a pregnancy registry to track the effects of lumateperone on the baby.

You should not breastfeed while using lumateperone.

lumateperone may affect fertility (your ability to have children), whether you are a man or a woman.

How should I take lumateperone?

Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Use the medicine exactly as directed.

Take once a day with or with food.

Your treatment may also include weight control, and frequent medical tests.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

Lumateperone dosing information

Usual Adult Dose for Schizophrenia:

42 mg orally once a day

Use: For the treatment of schizophrenia

Usual Adult Dose for Bipolar Disorder:

42 mg orally once a day

Use: As monotherapy or as adjunctive therapy with lithium or valproate, for the treatment of depressive episodes associated with bipolar I or II disorder (bipolar depression)

What happens if I miss a dose?

Take the medicine as soon as you can, but skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not take two doses at one time.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

What should I avoid while taking lumateperone?

Avoid becoming overheated or dehydrated during exercise, in hot weather, or by not drinking enough fluids. Follow your doctor's instructions about the type and amount of liquids you should drink. In some cases, drinking too much liquid can be as unsafe as not drinking enough.

Avoid driving or hazardous activity until you know how lumateperone will affect you. Dizziness or drowsiness can cause falls, accidents, or severe injuries.

What other drugs will affect lumateperone?

Sometimes it is not safe to use certain medications at the same time. Some drugs can affect your blood levels of other drugs you take, which may increase side effects or make the medications less effective.

Tell your doctor about all your current medicines. Many drugs can affect lumateperone, especially:

This list is not complete and many other drugs may affect lumateperone. This includes prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible drug interactions are listed here.

Further information

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.