Haldol Side Effects
Haldol Serious Side Effects
- If you experience a painful erection or have an erection for more than 4 hours, stop taking Haldol and talk to your doctor immediately or avoid permanant complications.
- If you start to shake uncontrollably or have any uncontrolled movements of the face, tongue, mouth, talk to your doctor as soon as possible. These are signs of tardive dyskinesia and it may become permanent.
- This medication may cause Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome. If you develop a fever, have stiff muscles, experience severe confusion, start to sweat more, or have an irregular heartbeat, get medical attention immediately.
- Haldol may cause darkened urine, nausea or vomiting that persists, pain in the abdomen, jaundice, severe dizziness, fainting, or seizures. If you have any of these serious side effects, talk to your doctor as soon as you can.
- If you have changes in your vision, eye pain, or discolored eyes, stop taking Haldol and get medical attention.
Haldol Side Effects
- Haldol can cause drowsiness and slow your reaction time. Avoid alcohol while taking Haldol to prevent making these side effects worse. You should not drive or use important machinery until you understand how Haldol will affect your body.
- You may experience dry mouth, increased saliva, a change in your appetite, or heartburn after taking Haldol.
- Haldol make you feel nauseated, vomit, experience difficulty urinating, constipation or diarrhea.
- You may start to have difficulty sleeping, become restless or agitated, feel dizzy, or develop headaches after taking Haldol.
- This medication can cause uncontrollable movements to any part of your body.
- Haldol can increase the amount of prolactin in your body. This may cause milk production, a change in your menstrual cycle, or decreased fertility in women. In men, it can cause reduced sexual ability and enlarged breasts.
Warnings & Recalls for Haldol
Haldol Back Box Warning
- The FDA has not approved Haldol to treat elderly patients with dementia. Elderly patients who take antipsychotics like Haldol have been shown to have an increased risk of death. Talk to your doctor immediately if you or someone you know with dementia has been precreibed Haldol.
- If you have a history of Parkinson's disease, your doctor may not recommend Haldol for your condition.
- Haldol may affect newborn children when taken in the latter part of a pregnancy. If you are pregnant, plan on becoming pregnant, or are currently breast feeding, tell your doctor before taking Haldol.
- If you have ever had prolonged QT syndrome, breast cancer, bipolar disorder, citrullinemia, an abnormal EEG, a seizure, an abnormal heartbeat, low calcium or magnesium levels, or a heart or thyroid problem discuss your condition with your doctor.
- Tell your doctor about all medications and supplements that you are currently taking or plan on taking while you are on Haldol. They may require a dosage change or you may have to be monitored for additional side effects.
Haldol Treatment and Use
Haldol | Haloperidol is a medication used to treat mental disorders such as schizophrenia and psychosis. It can also be used to manage motor and verbal tics in patients with disorders like Tourette’s, extreme behavioral disorders, and hyperactivity in children. Sometimes Haldol given to hospitalized patients for brief behavioral episodes. Haldol may also reduce nausea and vomiting caused by chemotheraphy.
How does Haldol work?
Haldol is a conventional antipsychotic. It helps balance chemicals in the brain to reduce abnormal brain activity. This depresses the central nervous system, reducing spontaneous muscle activity and extreme behavior.
Haldol Dosage Information
Haldol comes as a tablet or liquid. A typical dosage is twice or three times daily. It is important to take Haldol around the same time each day to keep the level of Haldol in your body constant.
Your dosage may gradually increase toward the beginning of your treatment, then gradually decrease when your doctor feels your condition in under control. Even if you feel better, do not stop taking Haldol suddenly to avoid worsened side effects.
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Posted on Nov 6, 2012