For most people who are beginning schizophrenia treatment with thioridazine, dosing typically starts at 50 mg to 100 mg three times daily. If symptoms of schizophrenia do not improve, your healthcare provider may increase your thioridazine dosage up to 800 mg total per day. Among the factors that can affect thioridazine dosing are the severity of your schizophrenia, other medical conditions you may have, and other medications you may be currently taking.
The dose of thioridazine (Mellaril®) that your healthcare provider recommends will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
- The severity of your schizophrenia
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you may be currently taking.
As always, do not adjust your thioridazine dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
Thioridazine Dosing for Schizophrenia
The recommended starting thioridazine dose for schizophrenia is 50 mg to 100 mg three times daily. Your healthcare provider may gradually increase your dose as necessary, up to a maximum of thioridazine 800 mg total per day.
Some considerations for people taking thioridazine include:
- Thioridazine comes in tablet form. It is usually taken by mouth two to four times a day.
- It does not matter if you take the medication with or without food. If thioridazine bothers your stomach, try taking it with food.
- Thioridazine should be taken at the same times each day to maintain even levels of the drug in your blood.
- For the medicine to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Thioridazine will not work if you stop taking it.
- If you are unsure about anything related to your dosage or thioridazine dosing in general, please talk with your healthcare provider, nurse, or pharmacist. Do not stop taking thioridazine without first discussing it with your healthcare provider (see Mellaril Withdrawal).