Haloperidol is an antipsychotic drug. It changes the actions of chemicals in your brain.
Use Haldol according to prescription of your doctor.
- Take Haldol with a big amount of water.
- Do not exceed dose or take it for longer than recommended.
- It is possible to take Haldol with or without food.
If you have any questions about how to use Haldol you may ask your health care provider for the information.
The missed dose should be taken immediately as you recall it. Nevertheless, you should skip the missed dose and continue your usual dosing schedule, whether it is almost time for the next dose. Do not exceed usual dose to compensate a missed one.
Store Haloperidol at ambient temperature, in range of 68 to 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). keep it away from heat, moisture, and light. Keep Haldol out of the reach of children and away from pets.
Haldol Safety information
Do not use Haldol if:
- you are allergic to any component in Haldol;
- you are taking dofetilide, an H1 antagonist (e.g., astemizole, terfenadine), or sodium oxybate (GHB);
- the patient is in a coma, have Parkinson disease, or have severe depression of central nervous system.
Important notes about Haldol:
- Haldol may have side effects like drowsiness, dizziness, or blurred vision. Be careful in using Haldol. Do not drink alcohol or use drugs that may cause dormancy (eg, sleep aids, muscle relaxers) together with Haldol; it may add to their effects. Alcohol or certain drugs worsen these effects. Do not drive or perform other probably dangerous tasks until you know its reaction upon you.
- Ask your pharmacist if you have questions about drugs causing dormancy.
- Haldol can be cause of neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS) that a possibly fatal syndrome. The symptoms are fever; stiff muscles; confusion; abnormal thinking; fast or irregular heartbeat; and sweating. Call your doctor immediately if you experience any of these symptoms.
- Haloperidol may allow you to become sunburned more easily. Avoid the sun, sunlamps, or tanning booths and do not become overheated until you know its reaction to you. Use a sunscreen or wear protective clothing if you have to be outside for long time.
- Let know your doctor or dentist that you take Haldol before you receive any medical or dental treatment, emergency care, or surgery.
- Some individuals who take Haldol may develop muscle contractions that cannot be controlled. More likely it happens in elderly patients, women, especially. There are great probability that it will happen in those who take Haldol in exceed doses or for a long time. Muscle contractions may also occur after you take low doses during short-term period of time. Call your doctor immediately once you experience muscle problems with your arms; legs; or your tongue, face, mouth, or jaw (eg, tongue sticking out, puffing of cheeks, mouth puckering, chewing movements) causing by Haldol.
- Diabetes patients - Haldol may influence your blood sugar. Check blood sugar levels carefully. Discuss with your doctor before you change the dose of your diabetes drugs.
- Do not breast-feed while taking Haldol. Intake of Haldol during pregnancy is not desirable.
- Haldol can be taken only by the patient for whom it is directed. Do not give it to others.
If there is no any improvement of your symptoms or if they are worsening, consult with your doctor.
Haldol Side effects
Tell your doctor if any of these most frequently side effects continue or become tiresome:
- stomach upset; trouble sleeping, blurred vision; dry mouth; headache; constipation; diarrhea; dizziness; drowsiness; loss of appetite; nausea.
Ask for medical care immediately if any of these severe side effects happen:
- Heavy allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); fast or irregular heartbeat; confusion; decreased urination; problems with speaking or swallowing; prolonged, painful erection; drooling; excessive or unusual sweating; fainting; fever; uncontrolled muscle movements (e.g., of the arms, legs, tongue, jaw, cheeks; twitching; tremors); hallucinations; mental or mood changes (e.g., abnormal thinking, agitation, anxiety, depression); rigid or stiff muscles; seizures; severe or persistent dizziness, headache, or vomiting; yellowing of skin or eyes; shuffling walk; vision problems or changes.