Thioridazine is used for treating schizophrenia in adults and children who have not responded well to other treatments. Although the drug is not a cure for the condition, it can help improve symptoms. This prescription medication comes in tablet form and is generally taken two or four times a day. Side effects may include blurred vision, constipation, and nausea.
Part of a class of drugs known as "typical antipsychotics," thioridazine (Mellaril®) is a prescription medicine that has been licensed to treat schizophrenia in people who have not responded well to other antipsychotic medications.
As with any medicine, side effects are possible with thioridazine. However, not everyone who takes the medication will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects of thioridazine include but are not limited to:
- Unusual body movements, shakiness, or twitches
- Dry mouth (see Mellaril and Dry Mouth)
- Blurred vision
(Click Side Effects of Thioridazine to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report to your healthcare provider.)