thioridazine (Mellaril is a discontinued brand)

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What is thioridazine- oral, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?

Thioridazine is an oral antipsychotic medication used for the management of schizophrenia. Thioridazine is one of the older, first-generation antipsychotic medications. Examples of other first-generation antipsychotics include:

Although the exact mechanism of antipsychotics is unknown, scientists believe that they may work by blocking the action of dopamine in the brain. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter (chemical) that nerves use to communicate with one another. Thioridazine is used when patients do not respond to other antipsychotics.

Is thioridazine- oral available as a generic drug?

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

Do I need a prescription for thioridazine- oral?

Yes

What are the side effects of thioridazine- oral?

Thioridazine causes extrapyramidal side effects such as:

  • Abnormal muscle contractions
  • Difficulty breathing and swallowing
  • Neck spasms

Other side effects include:

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/6/2015

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