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Alcohol and Mellaril

Combining alcohol and Mellaril may potentially be dangerous. Generally, people with mental illnesses should avoid drinking alcohol. By mixing alcohol and Mellaril, you can increase the risk of developing side effects such as low blood pressure or drowsiness. You may also be more sensitive to the effects of alcohol and may not be able to drink as much as you have been able to drink in the past.

Can I Drink Alcohol While Taking Mellaril?

According to the Mellaril® (thioridazine) prescription information, drinking alcohol while on Mellaril is not recommended. Combining alcohol and Mellaril can increase the chances and severity of several Mellaril side effects. Additionally, for many people with mental illness, it is usually recommended that alcohol be avoided.

Alcohol and Mellaril Side Effects

Drinking alcohol may increase your risk of certain Mellaril side effects, such as drowsiness or low blood pressure (when sitting or standing up). You may also be more sensitive to the effects of alcohol if you are taking Mellaril. You may not be able to safely drink as much alcohol as you were used to drinking in the past.
Mellaril is approved to treat schizophrenia. Generally, it is best for people with mental illnesses to avoid drinking alcohol. Alcohol may worsen mental illness and is often a form of "self-medication."

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Alcohol and Mellaril

Although it is not recommended that you drink alcohol while taking Mellaril, you should not be afraid to discuss your alcohol consumption with your healthcare provider. Together, you and your healthcare provider can make a shared decision about alcohol and Mellaril for your particular situation. If you do drink, your healthcare provider can also suggest ways to help you stop drinking.
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