What is Haloperidol/Haldol used for?
This medicine is used to improve symptoms of psychotic disorders and to control tics and vocal utterances in patients with Tourette's disorder. It may also be used to treat severe behavior problems in children and for the short-term treatment of hyperactive children.
If you have any questions about your medicine, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider. This medicine is only to be used by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not give it to others. This information is advisory only. It does not contain all information about this medicine. If you have any questions about your medicine, ask your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider.
How should Haloperidol/Haldol be stored?
Store at controlled room temperature (between 59 and 86 degrees F). Protect from light. Keep in a tight resistant container.
When should Haloperidol/Haldol not be taken?
Do not take this medicine if you are allergic to any ingredient in this medicine you are heavily sedated you have severe toxic central nervous system depression you have Parkinson's disease
What precautions should I follow when taking Haloperidol/Haldol?
Before using this medicine, tell your health care provider about any of the following: if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding if you and/or your child are taking any prescription medicine, nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement if you and/or your child have severe heart problems if you and/or your child are taking a seizure medicine if you and/or your child have a history of seizures if you and/or your child have allergies if you and/or your child have a history of allergic reactions to any medicine if you and/or your child are taking blood thinners if you and/or your child have any other medical condition
What special warning(s) should I be aware of when taking Haloperidol/Haldol?
Use this medicine with extreme caution cautiously if you have ever had breast cancer, a severe heart or circulatory disorder, chest pain, the eye condition known as glaucoma, seizures, or any drug allergies.
What are the side effects of Haloperidol/Haldol?
Most severey Parkinson-like symptoms (muscle restlessness; tremors; drooling; muscle stiffness; shuffling walk; unusual eye movements); involuntary movements of tongue, face, mouth, or jaw (eg, protrusion of tongue, puffing of cheeks, puckering of mouth, chewing movements), sometimes with involuntary movements of the arms and legs; increased body heat; rigid muscles; altered mental abilities, including lack of response to your surroundings; irregular pulse and blood pressure; increased heart rate; sweating; irregular heart rhythm; excessively high body temperature; heat stroke; seizures; increased psychotic symptoms; hallucinations; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest or lungs; yellowing of the skin or eyes.
Most commony Sleeplessness; restlessness; anxiety; exaggerated sense of well being; agitation; drowsiness; depression; lack of energy; headache; confusion; feeling of a whirling motion; lightheadedness; rash; irregular menstrual flow; impotence; increased sex drive; excessive thirst, hunger, or urination; loss of appetite; constipation; diarrhea; increased salivation; indigestion; nausea; vomiting; dry mouth; blurred vision; urinary retention; excessive sweating; prolonged erection; cataracts; changes in vision.
Othery Hair loss; sensitivity to sunlight; lactation; breast enlargement.
How should I take Haloperidol/Haldol?
How much medicine you take and how often you take it depends on many factors, including the condition being treated, your age, and weight. If you have any questions about the amount and/or frequency of the medicine you are taking, talk with your health care provider. Carefully read the information provided with this medicine and reread it each time you get this prescription refilled. Contact your health care provider if any of the following Parkinson-like symptoms occur: Muscle restlessness; tremors; drooling; muscle stiffness; shuffling walk; unusual eye movements. Involuntary and uncontrollable movements may occur in patients taking this medicine. Occurrence is highest among the elderly, especially women. The risk of these movements occurring and the chance that they will become permanent increase with long-term use and high doses. However, it is possible to develop these symptoms after short-term treatment at low doses. Contact your health care provider at once if any of the following occur: Involuntary movements of tongue, face, mouth, or jaw (eg, sticking out of the tongue, puffing of cheeks, puckering of mouth, chewing movements), sometimes with involuntary movements of the arms and legs. Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS) has been associated with this medicine. Symptoms include increased body heat; rigid muscles; altered mental abilities, including lack of response to your surroundings; irregular pulse and blood pressure; increased heart rate; sweating; irregular heart rhythm. Contact your doctor at once if any of these symptoms occur. This medicine can potentially increase the depressant effects of alcohol and other medicines, such as anesthetics and certain pain relievers (opiates). This medicine may cause drowsiness or changes vision. Use caution while driving or performing other tasks requiring alertness, coordination or physical dexterity. This medicine may cause sensitivity to sunlight. Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun or other forms of UV light (such as tanning beds). Use sunscreens and wear protective clothing until tolerance is determined. Lab tests will be required to monitor therapy. Be sure to keep appointments. Patients with previous medical conditions should talk with their health care provider before taking this medicine. Do not take any other over-the-counter or prescription medicines without talking with your doctor. This includes any herbal preparations or dietary supplements. Do not stop taking this medicine without checking with your health care provider. Do not take any other over-the-counter or prescription medicines without talking with your health care provider. If a dose is missed, take it as soon as possible. If several hours have passed or if it is nearing time for the next dose, do not double the dose to catch up, unless advised by your health care provider. If more than one dose is missed, restart medicine and advise your health care provider or pharmacist at your next appointment.