What Is Thioridazine Used For?

How Thioridazine Works

Thioridazine belongs to a group of medications called typical (or first-generation) antipsychotic medications. In particular, it is part of a group of medications called phenothiazines. It is not entirely known precisely how thioridazine works. However, it is known that thioridazine blocks or lessens the effects of dopamine, a chemical in the brain. Dopamine may be elevated in people with schizophrenia.
Thioridazine is not a cure for schizophrenia. It only helps to control symptoms (see Symptoms of Schizophrenia).

Is Thioridazine Used in Children?

Thioridazine can be used to treat schizophrenia in children who have not responded well to other treatments. Be sure to talk with your healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using thioridazine in children.

Is Thioridazine Used for Off-Label Reasons?

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend thioridazine for treating something other than the conditions discussed above. This is called an "off-label" use. Some examples of off-label thioridazine uses include treatment of the following conditions:
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