Mellaril is prescribed to treat a mental/emotional condition (schizophrenia) that is untreatable with other drugs.
It is prescribed for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Mellaril combats the crippling mental disorder known as schizophrenia (a severe loss of contact with reality). Because Mellaril has been known to cause dangerous heartbeat irregularities, it is usually prescribed only when at least two other medications have failed.
Mellaril side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
- Tardive Dyskinesia;
- Swelling In The Arms And Legs (Edema);
- Dry Mouth;
- Breast Milk Secretion;
- Breast Development In Men;
- Blurred Vision;
- Vision changes;
- Dry mouth;
If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor.
Unlikely to occur but report promptly:
- Difficulty speaking;
- Difficulty urinating;
- Lip smacking or other uncontrollable movements;
- Loss of balance;
- Mask- like facial expression;
- Muscle stiffness;
- Skin rash/discoloration;
- Trembling or shaking;
Very unlikely to occur but report promptly:
- Dark urine;
- Hot dry skin;
- Sore throat;
- Stomach pain;
- Unusual bleeding or bruising;
- Yellowing of eyes or skin;
Though very unlikely to occur, notify your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following effects:
- Increased sweating;
- Irregular/fast heartbeat;
- Prolonged/painful erection;
- Severe muscle stiffness;
In the unlikely event you have an allergic reaction to this drug, seek
immediate medical attention.
Symptoms of an allergic reaction include:
- Trouble breathing;
Your doctor will tailor your dose to your needs, using the smallest effective amount.
The starting dose ranges from 50 to 100 mg 3 times a day. Your doctor may gradually increase your dosage to as much as 800 mg a day, taken in 2 to 4 small doses. Once your symptoms improve, your doctor will decrease the dosage to the lowest effective amount.
The usual starting dose for schizophrenic children is 0.5 mg per 2.2 pounds of body weight per day, divided into smaller doses. The dose may be gradually increased to a maximum of 3 mg per 2.2 pounds per day.