haloperidol, Haldol

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GENERIC NAME: haloperidol

BRAND NAME: Haldol

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

USES: Haloperidol is used for treating schizophrenia, acute psychosis, and for tics and vocal utterances of Tourette's syndrome.

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.

Elderly patients with dementia-related psychosis and treated with antipsychotic drugs such as haloperidol are at an increased risk of death.

SIDE EFFECTS: The most common side effects associated with haloperidol are:

Other important side effects are:

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/31/2016



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