Haloperidol is a medication that is used in the treatment of mental disorders such as mood behavior disorders, schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorders and hallucinations. It has also shown to reduce aggression and the desire to commit suicide or bring harm to others.
On using Haloperidol some side effects may occur which are; diarrhea, dizziness, drowsiness, headache, decrease in appetite, headache, stomach upset, restlessness and nausea. Seek help from your health care provider if the following severe side effects manifests and continues; allergic skin reactions, fuzzy vision, difficulty in speech, uncontrolled sweating, rapid heartbeat, trouble breathing, darkening of your urine, fever, stiffening of muscles, decreased libido, reduced sperm production and enlargement of breasts .
Take precaution by informing your physician if:
- You are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant.
- You are breastfeeding a baby.
- You are under any kind of medication, prescriptive, over the counter, herbal, vitamins or dietary supplements.
- You are allergic to any medicine or food.
- You have a history of heart diseases.
- You have porphyria or low blood pressure.
- You have a history of dementia, Alzheimer disease or seizures.
- You are alcoholic.
Haloperidol needs to be injected into your body. It should be done by trained hands. Do not buy the medication if it is discolored or slightly cloudy. If you miss one of your doses try to take it as soon as possible. But do not overdose by clubbing the two at the same time. When you are on Haloperidol do not drink alcohol. Avoid exposure to the sun or extreme heat. Keep this medication stored between 15 to 30 degrees C. It should be kept away from the reach of children.
Tourette SyndromeHaloperidol is used in the treatment of Tourette Syndrome which is a nervous system disorder characterized by unwanted sudden movements and sounds.
How long is the duration of effect?The effect of this medicine lasts for an average duration of 2 to 4 weeks
What is the onset of action?The effect of this medicine can be observed in 30 to 60 minutes after an intravenous or intramuscular dose
Are there any pregnancy warnings?This medicine is not recommended for pregnant women. Use only if clearly needed when no safer alternative is available.
Is it habit forming?No habit forming tendency has been reported
Are there any breast-feeding warnings?This medicine is known to be excreted in human breast milk. It is not recommended for breastfeeding women. Use only if clearly needed when no safer alternative is available.
Missed Dose instructionsTake the missed dose as soon as you remember. If itâ€™s almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not double your dose to make up for the missed dose.
Overdose instructionsSeek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
Below is the list of medicines, which contains Haloperidol as ingredient
Haloperidol belongs to the class antipsychotics. It works by binding to the dopamine D2 receptors and inhibits the release of chemical substances thus helps in reducing the symptoms.
Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you"re at risk of a drug interaction.
Interaction with Disease
DementiaThis medicine is not recommended in the patients with dementia-related psychosis as it increases the risk of heart diseases like heart failure and infectious diseases like pneumonia. An alternate medicine should be considered based on the clinical condition.Parkinson's disease as it may worsen the disease. Inform your doctor if you experience any symptoms of slow body movements, tremors, and rigidity. An alternate class of medicine should be considered based on the clinical condition.
Interaction with Alcohol
AlcoholConsumption of alcohol with this medicine is not recommended as it can result in dizziness and difficulty in concentration. Avoid activities that need mental alertness like driving and operating machinery.
Interaction with Lab Test
LabInformation not available.
Interaction with Food
FoodInformation not available.
Interaction with Medicine
ClozapineHaloperidol is not recommended with clozapine due to increase risk of low blood pressure, dizziness, and irregular heart beat. Inform the doctor if you develop any undesired effects during the treatment. An alternate medicine should be considered based on the clinical condition.
TramadolTramadol may increase the risk of seizures when taken with Haloperidol. This interaction is more likely to happen in the elderly population, and in the patients with head injury. Inform the doctor if you are on either of the medicines. An alternate medicine should be considered based on the clinical condition.
AntihypertensivesYou may experience hypotensive effects like dizziness, lightheadedness if these medicines are used together. Regular monitoring of blood pressure is necessary. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement of the medicine should be made under the doctor's supervision.
LevodopaHaloperidol may reduce the effect of levodopa. If coadministration is recommended monitoring of side effects like drowsiness, low blood pressure is necessary. Avoid operating heavy machinery and driving vehicle. Dose adjustments or an alternate medicine should be considered based on the clinical condition.
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