Haloperidol (By mouth)
Treats symptoms of mental and emotional disorders and severe behavior problems. Controls symptoms of Tourette syndrome.
Antipsychotic (About this – PubMed Health)
Uses of This Medicine
Haloperidol is used to treat nervous, emotional, and mental conditions (e.g., schizophrenia). It is also used to control the symptoms of Tourette’s disorder. This medicine should not be used to treat behavior problems in older adult patients who have dementia.
Haloperidol is also used to treat severe behavioral problems (e.g., aggressive, impulsive behavior) or hyperactivity in children who have already been treated with psychotherapy or other medicines that did not work well.
This medicine is available only with your doctor’s prescription.
Other uses (PubMed Health)
How To Use
Take your medicine as directed. Your dose may need to be changed several times to find what works best for you.
If a dose is missed:
Take a dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then and take a regular dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine:
Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of any outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.
Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
You must be careful if you are also using other medicine that might cause similar side effects as haloperidol. This includes medicine that might cause low blood pressure, overheating, or liver problems. Make sure your doctor knows about all other medicines you are using.
Do not drink alcohol while you are using this medicine.
When Not To Use
Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have liver disease, kidney disease, heart or blood vessel disease, blood pressure problems, overactive thyroid, or history of seizures or breast cancer.
Tell your doctor about any other medicine you have used to treat a mental disorder, especially if the medicine caused problems.
This medicine may make you dizzy or drowsy. Avoid driving, using machines, or doing anything else that could be dangerous if you are not alert.
You might get overheated more easily while using this medicine. Be aware of this if you are exercising or the weather is hot. Drinking water might help. If you get too hot and feel dizzy, weak, tired, confused, or sick to your stomach, you need to cool down.
Do not stop using this medicine suddenly. Your doctor will need to slowly decrease your dose before you stop it completely.
Your doctor will check your progress and the effects of this medicine at regular visits. Keep all appointments.
Possible side effects
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Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
Change in how much or how often you urinate.
Changes in vision.
Fast or pounding heartbeat.
Fever or chills.
Headache, confusion, lightheadedness, or fainting.
Painful, prolonged erection of your penis.
Problems with balance or walking.
Seeing or hearing things which are not there.
Seizures or tremors.
Severe muscle stiffness.
Unusual bleeding, bruising, or weakness.
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
Breast pain or swelling.
Change in menstrual periods.
Decreased thirst or dry mouth.
Trouble sleeping, restlessness.
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
More side effects of this drug
Brand names include
Alti-Haloperidol, Apo-Haloperidol, Haldol, Novo-Peridol, Peridol, Pms-Haloperidol, Ratio-Haloperidol
There may be other brand names for this medicine.