This medicine contains the active ingredient haloperidol which belongs to a group of medicines called neuroleptics (antipsychotics). These medicines affect the chemical balance in the brain by restoring it. Haloperidol is prescribed for the treatment of schizophrenia (you see, hear, feel things that are not real, have strange and frightening thoughts, you are depressed and anxious), psychoses, mania, persistent hiccups, severe tics, Gilles de la Tourette syndrome.
Is Haloperidol suitable for me?
Haloperidol is not suitable for everyone. Do not use it
- if you have an allergy (hypersensitivity) to haloperidol or any other ingredient of this medicine
- if you have severe heart problems
- if you have dulled senses
- if you have Parkinson’s Disease
- if you have damage to the part of the brain known as the basal ganglia
In particular, you must tell the doctor if you:
- have ever had bleeding in the brain
- low levels of minerals (electrolytes)
- not been eating properly for a long time
- liver or kidney problems
- epilepsy or other fits
- problems with your thyroid gland
- a non-cancerous tumor of the adrenal gland
- are pregnant or breast-feeding
- have liver disease,
- have a disease of the veins,
- have kidney disease,
- have pheochromocytoma (a tumor of the adrenal gland)
Haloperidol interacts with other medicines. It is most important that you tell the doctor all the medications and herbal supplements that you are currently taking.
See the package leaflet for a complete list of possible contraindications and warnings.
How should I take Haloperidol?
This medicine is available in form of a tablet.
You should take haloperidol exactly as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist.
- The usual dose for tablets is 1.5 to 3 mg taken 2 to 3 times a day.
Do not use more of it, do not use it more often, or do not use it for a longer time than your doctor instructed. Also, this medicine works best if there is a constant amount in the blood. To help keep this amount constant, do not miss any doses and take the medicine at the same time each day. Do not take two doses together if you miss a dose.
Read the information leaflet provided with your medication for additional information. Talk to your doctor if you have any additional questions.
What are Haloperidol side effects?
Like all medicines haloperidol can cause side effects, including:
- feeling agitated
- difficulty sleeping
- repetitive, involuntary muscle movements
- difficulty breathing or wheezing
- hormone changes
- feeling dizzy
- feeling sick (nausea) or being sick (vomiting)
- dry mouth or more saliva in the mouth than normal
- skin rashes
- water retention or difficulty in passing water (urine)
- skin reaction to direct sunlight n excessive sweating, itching or skin rash causing red patches
- difficulty walking, shuffling
- build up of fluid (oedema)
Consult a doctor if the side effects are severe. See the package leaflet for a complete list of side effects.