GENERIC NAME: haloperidol
BRAND NAME: Haldol
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
WARNING: Haloperidol may cause a condition called "orthostatic hypotension" during the early phase of treatment (first week or two). Orthostatic hypotension causes patients to become dizzy upon arising from a lying or sitting position because of a drop in blood pressure.
Haloperidol also may cause abnormal heart beats, sudden death, seizures, decreases in red and white blood cells, and withdrawal symptoms.
SIDE EFFECTS: The most common side effects associated with haloperidol are:
- extrapyramidal effects (sudden, often jerky, involuntary motions of the head, neck, arms, body, or eyes),
- tiredness, and
Other important side effects are:
- weight gain,
- erectile dysfunction,
- menstrual irregularities,
- dry mouth,
- vomiting, and
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