thioridazine (oral) (cont.)
What happens if I miss a dose (Mellaril)?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose (Mellaril)?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
Overdose symptoms may include severe forms of some of the side effects listed in this medication guide.
What should I avoid while taking thioridazine (Mellaril)?
Thioridazine may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert. Avoid getting up too fast from a sitting or lying position, or you may feel dizzy. Get up slowly and steady yourself to prevent a fall.
Drinking alcohol can increase certain side effects of thioridazine.
Avoid exposure to sunlight or tanning beds. Thioridazine can make you sunburn more easily. Wear protective clothing and use sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) when you are outdoors.
What other drugs will affect thioridazine (Mellaril)?
Cold or allergy medicine, sedatives, narcotic pain medicine, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, and medicine for seizures, depression or anxiety can add to sleepiness caused by thioridazine. Tell your doctor if you regularly use any of these medicines, or any other anti-psychotic medications.
Many drugs can interact with thioridazine. Below is just a partial list. Tell your doctor if you are using:
- lithium (Eskalith, Lithobid);
- birth control pills or hormone replacement estrogens;
- a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven);
- certain asthma medications or bronchodilators;
- incontinence medications;
- insulin or diabetes medications you take by mouth;
- medications used for general anesthesia;
- numbing medicine such as lidocaine or Novocain;
- medicines used to prevent organ transplant rejection;
- a stimulant or ADHD medication;
- ulcer or irritable bowel medications; or
- medicines to treat Parkinson's disease, restless leg syndrome, or pituitary gland tumor (prolactinoma).
This list is not complete and there are many other drugs that can cause serious or life-threatening medical problems if you take them together with thioridazine. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor. Keep a list of all your medicines and show it to any healthcare provider who treats you.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about thioridazine.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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