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Mellaril is used primarily for the treatment of schizophrenia. Some common symptoms of schizophrenia include delusions, hallucinations, and thought disorders. Besides treating schizophrenia, Mellaril can also occasionally be used "off-label" to treat other conditions. Off-label Mellaril uses may include the treatment of dementia, anxiety, agitation, and severe depression.
Part of a group of drugs known as "typical antipsychotics," Mellaril® (thioridazine) is a prescription medicine that has been licensed to treat schizophrenia.
Schizophrenia is one of the most confusing and disabling mental illnesses. It is a group of mental disorders that involve abnormal thinking. Although the causes of schizophrenia are not fully understood, it is currently thought that genetics and environmental factors play an important role in developing the illness. Depending on the type of schizophrenia (see Types of Schizophrenia), symptoms may include the following:
- Thought disorders
- Disorders of movement
- Flat affect (immobile facial expression, monotonous voice)
- Lack of pleasure in everyday life
- A diminished ability to initiate and sustain planned activity
- Speaking infrequently, even when forced to interact
- Poor executive functioning (the ability to absorb and interpret information and make decisions based on that information)
- An inability to stay focused
- Problems with working memory (the ability to keep recently-learned information in mind and use it right away).
Although psychotherapy may be helpful for schizophrenia (see Psychosocial Therapy for Schizophrenics), medication is often essential to schizophrenia treatment. Mellaril can help improve the symptoms of schizophrenia.