Generic Name: Haloperidol (ha-loe-PER-i-dole)Drug Class: Antipsychotic
- Drug Uses
- General Information
- How it Works
- How to Take It
- Possible Side Effects
- Warnings and Precautions
- Drug Interactions
- Missing a Dose
- Pregnancy or Nursing
Haloperidol is classified as an antipsychotic medication and is used to treat
patients that suffer from delusions, hallucinations, unorganized thought and
hostility. This medicine may also be prescribed to treat severe behavioral
problems in children. Haloperidol may be prescribed for other uses as well.
This information is for educational purposes only. Not every known side effect,
adverse effect, or drug interaction is in this database. If you have questions
about your medicines, talk to your health care provider.
How it Works
How to Take It
Take this medicine exactly as directed by your doctor or pharmacist. This
medicine should be taken continually, even if you are feeling better. Haloperidol
comes in a tablet and a liquid concentrate to be taken by orally. Haloperidol
is generally given two to three a day. Follow the directions on your prescription
label. Do not take more or less of this medicine that prescribed. Do not share
this medicine with other people.
Possible Side Effects
- Haloperidol can cause side effects. If these side effects are severe or don't go away:
- dry mouth
- weight gain
- Contact your healthcare provider right away if you experience and of the following:
- difficulty breathing
- eye pain or discoloration
- fast or irregular heartbeat
- shuffling walk
- slow or jerky movements
- severe muscle stiffness
- problems urinating
- unusual movements of the face or jaw
- unusual tiredness
- unusual bleeding or bruising
- yellowing of the skin or eyes
- Let your doctor know if you are allergic to haloperidol, aspirin or tartrazine (yellow dye).
- Tell your doctor if you have or have had any of the following:
- angina (chest pain)
- blood disorders
- high blood pressure
- chronic bronchitis
- history of alcohol abuse
- irregular heartbeat
- liver or kidney disease
- urinary or prostate problems
- Tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking this medicine if you are having surgery.
- This medicine can cause dizziness or drowsiness.
- Alcoholic beverages can increase the effects of this medicine and should be avoided.
- Avoid long exposure to the sun and use a sunscreen and protective clothing. Haloperidol make increase your skins sensitivity to sunlight, making it easier for you to burn. This includes sunlamps.
- Seek medical attention immediately. For non emergencies, contact your local or regional poison control center at 1-800-222-1222.
- Tell your doctor about all of the medications you take including those over-the-counter.
- Let your doctor know if you are taking any of the following types of medications:
- diet pills
- benztropine (Cogentin)
- bromocriptine (Parlodel)
- carbamazepine (Tegretol)
- dicyclomine (Bentyl)
- fluoxetine (Prozac)
- guanethidine (Ismelin)
- meperidine (Demerol)
- methyldopa (Aldomet)
- phenytoin (Dilantin)
- propranolol (Inderal)
- trihexyphenidyl (Artane)
- valproic acid (Depakene)
- cold medications
- medications for depression
- vitamins and herbs
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out
of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat
and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated
or no longer needed.
More InformationFor more information, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or health care provider.
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 19 May 2015
Published on PsychCentral.com. All rights reserved.