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Haloperidol tablets are used to manage symptoms of certain mental health problems, including behavioral problems. Haloperidol tablets are also used to treat Tourette's disorder (a brain disorder characterized by involuntary movements and vocalizations called tics).
How does this medication work?
It is not known exactly how haloperidol tablets work to treat your condition.
What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?
What: Haloperidol tablets may help improve certain symptoms associated with your condition.
When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions. It is important that you take haloperidol tablets exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.
How do I know it is working?
Your healthcare provider will ask you questions from time to time to assess how well your symptoms are controlled with treatment.
The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.
Haloperidol tablets are not approved to treat mental problems caused by dementia (an illness involving loss of memory and judgment, and confusion) in the elderly. It can be life-threatening when used in elderly people with mental problems caused by dementia.
More common side effects may include: increased heart rate, changes in blood pressure, nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, dry mouth, blurred vision.
Less common side effects may include:
Serious heart rhythm changes, with symptoms such as fast or slow heartbeat, or fainting.
Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS) (a life-threatening brain disorder) with symptoms such as high fever, excessive sweating, muscle rigidity, confusion, changes in your breathing, fast or irregular heartbeat, or changes in your blood pressure.
Tardive dyskinesia, defined as abnormal muscle movements, including tremor, shuffling, and uncontrolled, involuntary movements.
Haloperidol can also cause increased body temperature and heat stroke.
Do not take haloperidol tablets if you are allergic to them or any of their ingredients.
Do not take haloperidol tablets if you have Parkinson's disease.
Do not take haloperidol tablets if you are taking any other medications that make you excessively sleepy.
Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with haloperidol tablets. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have heart or thyroid problems, low blood potassium or magnesium levels, or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.
Adults and children ≥3 years: Your healthcare provider will prescribe the appropriate dose for you or your child, based on the age, condition, or if you or your child are taking other medications.
Take haloperidol tablets exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose or stop taking haloperidol tablets without first talking to your healthcare provider.
Do not drive or operate dangerous machinery until you know how haloperidol tablets affect you.
Do not drink alcohol while you are taking haloperidol tablets.
If haloperidol tablets are taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your healthcare provider before combining haloperidol tablets with the following: alcohol, certain narcotic pain killer medications (such as morphine), or lithium.
Haloperidol tablets can harm your baby if taken during pregnancy. Do not breastfeed while you are taking haloperidol tablets. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
If you miss a dose of haloperidol tablets, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.
Store at room temperature. Protect from light.
In the event of a medical emergency call your doctor or 9-1-1 immediately. In the event of overdose, call your doctor or poison control for further instructions.
National Poison Control#: Call 1-800-222-1222
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