haloperidol - injection, Haldol (cont.)
USES: Haloperidol injection is used to treat severe symptoms of certain mental/mood disorders (e.g., schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorders). It is given by injection when quick relief of your symptoms is required and you are unable to take the medication by mouth.This medicine helps you to think more clearly, feel less nervous, and take part in everyday life. It can also help prevent suicide in people who are likely to harm themselves. It also reduces aggression and the desire to hurt others. It can decrease hallucinations and negative thoughts.Haloperidol can also be used to treat uncontrolled movements and outbursts of words/sounds related to Tourette's disorder.Haloperidol is a psychiatric medication (antipsychotic-type) that works by helping to restore the balance of certain natural substances in the brain (neurotransmitters).OTHER This section contains uses of this drug that are not listed in the approved professional labeling for the drug but that may be prescribed by your health care professional. Use this drug for a condition that is listed in this section only if it has been so prescribed by your health care professional.Sometimes, haloperidol may be used in hospitalized patients who have severe behavior problems or confusion for short periods of time. This medication may also be used to prevent or treat nausea and vomiting due to cancer treatment.
HOW TO USE: This medication is usually given by injection into a muscle by a healthcare professional. Your dose may be repeated as necessary to keep your symptoms under control. Dosage is based on your condition and response to therapy.This medication may also be given by injection into a vein. Follow all instructions for proper mixing and dilution with the correct IV fluids. If this drug is given by injection into a vein, your healthcare professional should monitor you closely (see also Side Effects section). If you have questions regarding the use of this medication, consult your pharmacist.Before injecting each dose, clean the injection site with rubbing alcohol. Before using, check this medication visually for particles. If any are present, do not use the liquid.This medication is intended for the short-term control of your symptoms. If you require continuous treatment for your condition, your doctor may switch you to another form of haloperidol or to a different medication. The switch will usually occur within 12-24 hours from your last injection with this form of haloperidol.Learn how to store and discard needles and medical supplies safely. Consult your pharmacist.Inform your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if they worsen.
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