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Haldol is an oral pill made up of an antipsychotic drug called haloperidol. We carry the generic choice of this medication in 0.5mg, 1mg, and 10mg!
Haldol is prescribed to patients who have certain mental and mood disorders such as schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder. With these conditions, a person may have troubles thinking clearly and taking part in everyday life, and can also be stuck with negative thoughts and hallucinations. They may also have thoughts of suicide and self harm or may have aggression and want to harm others. These are all symptoms that can be treated with Haldol. Additionally, Haldol can be used to treat uncontrollable impulses of movements and words/sounds associated with Tourette’s syndrome and for the treatment of severe behavioral problems in hyperactive children when other medications were not successful.
Haldol is effective in the treatment of mental and mood disorders because haloperidols ability to restore the balance of natural substances in the brain that may be causing these disorders.
Instructions given to your by your doctor can be found on the prescription label. Ensure you are following the directions very carefully. Your dose will be based on your medical condition and response to therapy.
You may take Haldol with or without food.
Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. Take the pill at the same time every day to avoid missing a dose.
Tell your doctor about all drug allergies you may have, all medical conditions you may have, and all medications you are currently taking. This will determine the safeness and effectiveness of Haldol for your use.
You should not use this product if you have Parkinson’s disease or certain conditions that affect your central nervous system.
Haldol is not approved for the use of treating psychotic conditions in those with dementia. Doing so may increase the risk of death.
You should not take any kind of antipsychotic during the last 3 months of pregnancy; doing so can cause problems in the newborn. If you become pregnant during the duration of treatment, do not suddenly stop taking Haldol without first consulting your doctor.
This drug passes into breast milk and has potential to harm an unborn baby. Do not breast feed while using this medication.
Do not take more of a dose than prescribed. Taking too much Haldol can cause a serious heart rhythm and sudden death.
Common side effects of Haldol (haloperidol) may include:
The above side effects should not alarm you.
Serious side effects of Haldol (haloperidol) may include:
If you have any of the above side effects, contact your doctor right away.
Signs to watch for:
severe nervous system reaction--very stiff (rigid) muscles, high fever, sweating, confusion, fast or uneven heartbeats, tremors, feeling like you might pass out.
serious movement disorder that may not be reversible (caused by high doses or prolonged use)-- uncontrollable muscle movements of your lips, tongue, eyes, face, arms, or legs
What if I miss a dose?
Take the miss dose as soon as you remember or skip it if your next dose is approaching soon. Do not take double doses to make up for the missed dose.
Is this safe for use in children?
Yes. It has been proved as safe and effective for the use in children and is usually well-tolerated.
What should I avoid?
Avoid becoming dehydrated or overheated, especially during exercise and in hot weather. Haldol may make you more prone to heat stroke.
Does this product have any drug interactions?
Yes. Some of the drug interactions include cancer medicine, an anti depressant called citalopram, anti-malaria medication, heart rhythm medicine, and medicines to treat a psychiatric disorder. This is not a complete list of drug interactions known to Haldol.
How long until I start feeling relief?
This drug is absorbed fairly quickly but it may take up to a few days to a few weeks. The peak effect is usually seen around week 4 – 6.
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