The Haldol Injection consists of a major antipsychotic called haloperidol. We carry the generic alternative to this medication is 5mg/ml!
This injection is used most commonly to treat schizophrenia and the symptoms it consists of. This is a mental illness disorder that produces unusual or disturbed thoughts, with little interest in living life while also being overwhelmed with strong or inappropriate emotions. A person with schizophrenia may have thoughts of suicide and self harm or may have aggression and want to harm others. Hallucinations, which are senses creates by the mind that appear real but are not and may occur in image, voices or sounds and can even affect your smell. Additionally, the Haldol Injection may be used to manage uncontrollable body movements and verbal words and sounds in those who suffer Tourette’s syndrome.
Haloperidol is effective in the treatment of certain mental and mood disorders due to its ability to block the dopamine in the brain and enhance its turnover rate, reducing the amount of abnormal excitement in the brain.
Your doctor will determine your dose based on your age, severity of the disorder, previous response to antipsychotic medications, and interacting medications or conditions.
You will receive this injection by a health care professional every 4 weeks (28 days; one month) in either a muscle or the buttocks; Haldol should not be injected into a vein.
Ensure anyone who is unconscious or in a coma does not receive a Haldol injection.
Tell your doctor about all medications and medical conditions you may ave before using this medication.
If you suffer an illness or take use substances (like alcohol) that cause you to become drowsy or slow your reaction time, you may need to reconsider using Haldol.
Haldol should be used with extra caution in those who have a cardiovascular disorder due to the risk of transient hypotension and/or precipitation of anginal pain.
Haldol may lower the convulsive threshold in anticonvulsant medications in those who have a history of seizures or EEG abnormalities.
Patients with thyrotoxicosis also receiving an antipsychotic (like Haldol) may risk severe neurotoxicity; inability or rigidity walk or talk.
Antipsychotic medications have been linked to reactions of leucopenia and neutropenia, more so in those who have pre-existing low WBC (white block cell count) or a history of drug in-duced leucopenia or neutropenia.
Do not breastfeed while using this medication. Only use this medication when pregnant if the benefit outweighs the risk. Speak with your doctor about your risks and benefits.
Common side effects of Haldol Injection (haloperidol) may include:
mood changes difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep restlessness anxiety agitation dizziness, feeling unsteady, or having trouble keeping your balance headache
The above side effects should not alarm you.
Serious side effects of Haldol Injection (haloperidol) may include:
fever muscle stiffness falling confusion fast or irregular heartbeat sweating decreased thirst involuntary movements of tongue, face, mouth or jaw uncontrollable eye movements
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
Is this medication safe for children?
The safety and effectiveness of the Haldol shot has not yet been established in patients under the age of 18 years old.
Is this medication a cure for these mental/mood disorders mentioned?
No. Unfortunetly, Haldol is only an effective treatment to help control the disorder, it will not cure it.
Can I drink alcohol while using this medication?
It is recommended you avoid alcohol during the duration of treatment due to the expectancy of alcohol enhancing the side effects of Haldol.
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