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Patients should be informed that Mellaril (thioridazine hcl) has been associated with potentially fatal heart rhythm disturbances. The risk of such events may be increased when certain drugs are given together with Mellaril (thioridazine hcl) . Therefore, patients should inform the prescriber that they are receiving Mellaril (thioridazine hcl) treatment before taking any new medication.
Given the likelihood that some patients exposed chronically to neuroleptics will develop tardive dyskinesia, it is advised that all patients in whom chronic use is contemplated be given, if possible, full information about this risk. The decision to inform patients and/or their guardians must obviously take into account the clinical circumstances and the competency of the patient to understand the information provided.
Last reviewed on RxList: 3/31/2009
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
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