General English name: Haloperidol

Brand: Haldol, Serenace

Application: Reducing the symptoms of schizophrenia and other mental, emotional or behavioral problems





Drug Information Haloperidol

Contraindications to haloperidol

Drug interaction with haloperidol

Tips to consider before taking haloperidol

Possible side effects of haloperidol

How to store haloperidol







Drug Information Haloperidol

Medication Information: Haloperidol is used to reduce the symptoms of schizophrenia or other mental illnesses that affect thinking, emotions and behavior. These mental illnesses may cause you to hear or see things that do not exist externally, or cause you to have hallucinations. Haloperidol tablets are used for short-term control of side effects, while for long-term control, injectable drugs are used.

Haloperidol is used to control nerve tics, treat mental illnesses associated with serious illness, and treat persistent hiccups.

There is also an injectable haloperidol, the information about which is listed separately on the injectable haloperidol page.


Contraindications to haloperidol

• Pay attention to the expiration date of the medicine and do not take it if the medicine in your hand has expired.

Never give the medicine to anyone else, even if you have the same symptoms.

• Do not take more than the dose prescribed by your doctor.

Check for drug interactions and be sure to tell your doctor what other medications you are taking.

Haloperidol may slow down your reaction and make you feel drowsy. In this case, avoid driving or using tools or machines.


Drug interaction with haloperidol

Drug interactions may alter drug performance and increase the risk of serious side effects. Make a list of all the medicines (including prescription / over-the-counter and herbal medicines) you use and share them with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not change the dose of your medicine without consulting your doctor or stop taking the medicine.

Some drugs that may interact with haloperidol include: Anticholinergic drugs (eg, antispasmodics such as the alkaloid belladonna, scopolamine), cabergoline, carbamazepine, ketoconazole, lithium, methyl dopaine, Parkinson's disease And carbide dopa, selegiline), paroxetine, pergolide, and rifampin.

Many drugs in addition to haloperidol may affect heart rhythm (prolongation of QT time), including: amiodarone, dofetilide, pimozide, procainamide, quinidine , Sotalol, macrolide antibiotics (such as erythromycin).

The use of some medications with haloperidol increases the risk of seizures, including: isoniazid (INH), phenothiazines (eg, chlorpromazine, flufenazine, thioridazine), theophylline, tramadol, tricyclic antidepressants (e.g. , Amitriptyline, nortriptyline). Consult your doctor before using these medications.

If medications or sleeping pills such as alcohol, certain antihistamines (such as cetirizine, diphenhydramine), sleeping pills or anxiolytics (such as diazepam and zolpidem), muscle relaxants, painkillers, painkillers Be sure to tell your doctor if you are taking codeine or psychiatric medicines (eg, risperidone, trazodone).

Check the labels on all your medications (such as allergies or colds and cough medicines) as most of their ingredients cause drowsiness. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about taking these medicines.


Tips to consider before taking haloperidol

Some medications can not be prescribed under certain conditions, and some medications may be prescribed if additional treatment is needed. Therefore, it is best for your doctor to be aware of the following before taking haloperidol:

• If you are pregnant or breast-feeding.

• If you have cardiovascular problems.

• If you have liver, kidney, or prostate problems.

If you have respiratory problems.

• If you have epilepsy, Parkinson's disease, depression, glaucoma (increased intraocular pressure), or myasthenia gravis (gradual muscle weakness).

• If you have ever had jaundice (yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes).

• If you have pheochromocytoma (adrenal gland tumor).

• If you are currently taking certain medications. These include all available medicines, whether prescribed or used by your doctor, such as herbal medicines and supplements.

• If you have ever been allergic to any medication.


Possible side effects of haloperidol

All medications, along with their positive effects, can cause unwanted side effects in the body. However, these complications do not occur in all people. Over time, your body will adjust to the new medicine and these symptoms will go away, but if the following symptoms persist or become painful, consult your doctor.

Headache: Ask your doctor to prescribe a suitable painkiller.

Drowsiness, blurred vision: Avoid driving and working with tools in this situation.

Black eyes and dizziness when getting up: This complication usually appears in the first few days of taking the drug. Getting up slowly can help reduce these symptoms.

Stomach upset: Eat simple foods.

Dry mouth: Look for sugar-free gum.

Trembling, restlessness, involuntary muscle movements: Tell your doctor as soon as possible if you have any of these symptoms. You may need to change the dose.

Weight change, sleep problems, mood swings, changes in sexual energy, breast enlargement, breast milk production, menstrual problems, palpitations, constipation, difficulty urinating, urticaria: If any of the above It bothers you to consult your doctor.

Important Note: Tell your doctor if you develop flu-like symptoms after taking the medication, such as muscle stiffness, fever, dizziness, palpitations, and sweating. These symptoms can be a sign of a condition called neuroleptic malignant syndrome.

Talk to your doctor if you have any other symptoms that you think may be due to haloperidol.


How to store haloperidol

• Keep the medicine in a cool, dry place away from heat and direct sunlight.

• Keep all medicines out of the reach of children.

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