You may need to read it again. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm them, even if their symptoms are the same as yours. In this leaflet: 1 What Haldol tablets are and what they are used for 2 Before you take Haldol tablets 3 How to take Haldol tablets 4 Possible side effects 5 How to store Haldol tablets 6 Further information What Haldol tablets are and what they are used for The name of your medicine is Haldol tablets. Haldol tablets contain a medicine called haloperidol.
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Brand names IMPORTANT WARNING: Studies have shown that older adults with dementia a brain disorder that affects the ability to remember, think clearly, communicate, and perform daily activities and that may cause changes in mood and personality who take antipsychotics medications for mental illness such as haloperidol have an increased chance of death during treatment.
Haloperidol is not approved by the Food and Drug Administration FDA for the treatment of behavior problems in older adults with dementia. Talk to the doctor who prescribed this medication if you, a family member, or someone you care for has dementia and is taking haloperidol.
Haloperidol is used to treat psychotic disorders conditions that cause difficulty telling the difference between things or ideas that are real and things or ideas that are not real. Haloperidol is also used to treat severe behavioral problems such as explosive, aggressive behavior or hyperactivity in children who cannot be treated with psychotherapy or with other medications.
Haloperidol is in a group of medications called conventional antipsychotics. It works by decreasing abnormal excitement in the brain.
How should this medicine be used? Haloperidol comes as a tablet and concentrated liquid to take by mouth. It is usually taken two or three times a day.
Take haloperidol at around the same times every day. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take haloperidol exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor. Your doctor will probably start you on a low dose of haloperidol and gradually increase your dose.
Your doctor may decrease your dose once your condition is controlled. Be sure to tell your doctor how you are feeling during your treatment with haloperidol. Haloperidol may help control your condition, but will not cure it. Continue to take haloperidol even if you feel well. Do not stop taking haloperidol without talking to your doctor.
Your doctor will probably decrease your dose gradually. If you suddenly stop taking haloperidol, you may experience difficulty controlling your movements.
Other uses for this medicine Haloperidol is also used to treat confusion and difficulty thinking and understanding that is caused by severe physical or mental illness. Talk to your doctor about the possible risks of using this medication for your condition.
This medication may be prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information. What special precautions should I follow? Before taking haloperidol, tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to haloperidol or any other medications.
Be sure to mention any of the following: amiodarone Cordarone ; anticoagulants blood thinners ; antihistamines; disopyramide Norpace ; dofetilide Tikosyn ; epinephrine Epipen ; erythromycin E. Your doctor may need to change the doses of your medications or monitor you carefully for side effects.
Your doctor will probably tell you not to take haloperidol. Also tell your doctor if you have or have ever had breast cancer; bipolar disorder condition that causes episodes of depression, episodes of mania, and other abnormal moods ; citrullinemia condition that causes build-up of ammonia in the blood ; an abnormal electroencephalogram EEG; a test that records electrical activity in the brain ; seizures; an irregular heartbeat; low levels of calcium or magnesium in your blood; trouble keeping your balance; chest pain; or heart or thyroid disease.
Also tell your doctor if you have ever had to stop taking a medication for mental illness due to severe side effects. If you become pregnant while taking haloperidol, call your doctor. Haloperidol may cause problems in newborns following delivery if it is taken during the last months of pregnancy. Do not drive a car or operate machinery until you know how this medication affects you. Alcohol can make the side effects of haloperidol worse.
To avoid this problem, get out of bed slowly, resting your feet on the floor for a few minutes before standing up. What special dietary instructions should I follow? Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, continue your normal diet.
What should I do if I forget a dose? Take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. What side effects can this medication cause? Haloperidol may cause side effects.
Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away: dry mouth.
Taking antipsychotic medicine in the last 3 months of pregnancy may cause breathing problems, feeding problems, or withdrawal symptoms in the newborn. If you get pregnant, tell your doctor right away. It may not be safe to breastfeed while using this medicine. Ask your doctor about any risk. How should I take haloperidol?