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Haldol, also known as haloperidol, is a prescription medication used to control conditions ranging from psychosis to verbal tics. This medication is an antipsychotic drug and is sometimes used to treat extreme behavioral and anger issues in children who have not responded to other therapy and medications.
Most doctors prescribe Haldol at a low dose and increase the dosage if needed. Once the medication begins to provide relief from symptoms, the dosage amount will level off and remain the same each day. This medication is available in pill or suspension form and must be prescribed by a doctor.
You should not take Haldol if you take certain medications, including narcotic pain relievers, sleep aids, antihistamines, tranquilizers, and blood thinners. Let your doctor know about all of the medications, herbal remedies, and supplements you take if you are prescribed this drug.
Let your doctor know if you currently have or have ever been diagnosed with breast cancer, bipolar, heart conditions including QT syndrome, chest pain, or thyroid disease. These conditions may affect your ability to tolerate Haldol. People who have Parkinson's disease should not take Haldol. If you have ever had an extreme reaction or side effect to another medication prescribed to treat mental illness, relay this information to your doctor. This drug is not recommended for elderly patients experiencing dementia or related conditions.
Call your doctor right away if you experience severe side effects from Haldol. Serious side effects may include:
Less serious side effects may include:
You should not stop taking Haldol abruptly; you should taper off of this medication slowly for best results. Consult with your doctor before reducing your dose of this medication. Withdrawal symptoms will be less severe if you taper off slowly. Possible symptoms of withdrawal include:
Page content reviewed by James Pendleton, ND
Last Update: 12-22-2014
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