Mellaril / Thioridazine Hydrochloride: Overview

Modified on 2009/10/14 21:49 by admin
Mellaril, also known as Thioridazine Hydrochloride, is a phenothiazine class drug used to treat mental disorders including schizophrenia. Mellaril is manufactured by Novartis Pharmaceuticals.

Recently the manufacturer and the Food and Drug Administration decided that Mellaril should only be given to those patients who fail to respond to other anti-psychotic drugs. Mellaril should be used as a last resort because the drug has been shown to increase the QT interval which may lead to fatal heart problems including arrhythmias and torsades de pointes-type arrhythmias.

In a June 2002 report in the British Journal of Psychiatry, researchers linked Mellaril to several unexplained deaths in England. Dr. Simon H. L. Thomas and colleagues from the University of Newcastle studied several cases of unexplained death among psychiatric in-patients, determining that Mellaril-induced torsades de pointes arrhythmia may be the cause.

See your doctor if you have experienced serious side effects associated with Mellaril. In addition, it may be important to contact an attorney who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits within which you must commence suit.

See Also

  1. Antidepressants & Other Psychiatric Drugs
  2. Arrhythmia: Overview
  3. QT Interval: Overview
  4. Tardive Dyskinesia
  5. Torsades de Pointes: Overview
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