What is Thioridazine used for?
Thioridazine is an antipsychotic medication prescribed to treat schizophrenia in patients who fail to respond to other antipsychotic drugs. This medicine treats symptoms of schizophrenia such as loss of interest in life, negative thoughts, lack of motivation, hallucinations, social withdrawal, and unusual thinking. It belongs to a group of drugs called phenothiazines. It works by blocking the effects of mood-regulating chemicals in the brain.
This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
What are the side effects of Thioridazine?
Like other medicines, Thioridazine can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Thioridazine are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.
It is pertinent to note that side effects of Thioridazine cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Thioridazine develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.
Thioridazine can cause side effects such as drowsiness, impotence, restlessness, headache, breast swelling, weight gain, and blurred vision. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Thioridazine.
What is the recommended dosage of Thioridazine?
The dosage of Thioridazine prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.
Thioridazine can be taken with or without food.
What if you miss a dose of Thioridazine?
If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Thioridazine medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.
What if you overdose on Thioridazine?
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Thioridazine, seek medical attention immediately.
What other drugs could interact with Thioridazine?
It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Thioridazine.
Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Thioridazine, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.
Thioridazine can interact with birth control pills, diabetes medications, and antibiotics.
Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.
What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Thioridazine?
Is it possible for me to take Thioridazine with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Thioridazine?
What are the possible drug interactions of Thioridazine?
How will Thioridazine work in my body?
How should Thioridazine be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Thioridazine drug interactions and side effects?
The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Thioridazine is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.