Haldol (Haloperidol) Dosage and Side Effects
HALDOL is an anti-psychotic medicine used to treat mental and mood disorders, including schizophrenia and acute psychosis.
Proper Use of this medication
Doses can vary widely depending on the severity of symptoms and other underlying health conditions. It's always best to use the lowest effective dose.
An overdose may require immediate emergency medical attention, so call 911. Severe cases can result in respiratory depression, epileptic seizures, or coma.
Missed Dose of HALDOL
Do not "double up" on the dose to catch up. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember, or wait until your next dose.
Less serious side effects of HALDOL include:
- Dizziness or fainting
- Trouble urinating
- Trouble sleeping
- Sun sensitivity
- Dry mouth
More serious side effects of HALDOL may demand immediate emergency medical attention and include:
- Shaking (tremors)
- Stiffness, muscle spasms
- Unwanted breast milk in females
- Decreased sexual ability in males
- Tongue and facial muscle twitches
- Dark urine
- Irregular heart beat
- Persistent vomiting
- Sore throat
- Chest pain
- Severe allergic reactions, rash, itching
Warnings and Precautions
HALDOL may make you dizzy, so do not drive or operate machinery until you know how it affects you. Do not drink alcohol and use HALDOL.
HALDOL should not be used to treat dementia in elderly patients. For people with diabetes, HALDOL may affect blood sugar levels.
Consult with your physician about your medical history, including nervous system problems such as Parkinson's disease.
Discuss bipolar disorder, angina, depression, overactive thyroid, prostate problems, and glaucoma, as well as seizures.
Tell your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. HALDOL is secreted into breast milk, so discuss the potential risks against the potential benefits with your health care provider.
Interactions with this medication
HALDOL interacts with a large number of drugs, so it's important to discuss all possible interactions with your doctor or pharmacist to avoid undesirable interactions. Drugs which may interact with HALDOL include:
- Anticholinergic medications, such as scopolamine (Transderm-Scop) and lithium (Eskalith)
- Drugs for Parkinson's disease
- Heart rhythm drugs
- Sleep medication
- Anti-anxiety medication
- Muscle relaxants
- Psychiatric medications
- Narcotic pain relievers
- Epinephrine (Auvi-Q)
- Certain antibiotics
Avoid drinking alcohol when using HALDOL.
Other related products
The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.