Haloperidol (By mouth)

Introduction

Haloperidol (hal-oh-PER-i-dol)

Treats symptoms of mental and emotional disorders. Helps patients with Tourette's syndrome and children with severe behavior problems, including hyperactivity.

Brand Name(s)

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to haloperidol, or if you have Parkinson's disease. This medicine should not be given to patients with severe brain disease.

How to Use This Medicine

Tablet

  • Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often. Your dose may need to be changed several times in order to find out what works best for you. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.

If a dose is missed:

  • If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to use the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not use 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 leftover medicine after you have finished your treatment. You will also need to throw away old medicine after the expiration date has passed.
  • Keep all medicine away from children and 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.
  • Tell you doctor if you are also using lithium, phenindione, medicine for seizures, or medicine to treat Parkinson's disease.
  • Tell your doctor if you are using any medicines that make you sleepy. These include sleeping pills, cold and allergy medicine, narcotic pain relievers, and sedatives.
  • Do not drink alcohol while you are using this medicine.

Warnings While Using This Medicine

  • 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 without asking your doctor. You may need to slowly decrease your dose before stopping it completely.
  • Your doctor will need to check your progress at regular visits while you are using this medicine. Be sure to keep all appointments.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing.
  • Change in how much or how often you urinate.
  • Changes in vision.
  • Fast or pounding heartbeat.
  • Fever or chills.
  • Jerky muscle movement you cannot control (often in your face, tongue, or jaw).
  • 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.
  • Troubled breathing.
  • Unusual bleeding, bruising, or weakness.
  • Yellowing of skin and eyes.

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.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or constipation.
  • Skin rash.
  • 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

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