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Haloperidol is used to treat certain mental/mood disorders (e.g. schizophrenia schizoaffective disorders). 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 negative thoughts and hallucinations.Haloperidol can also be used to treat uncontrolled movements and outbursts of words/sounds related to Tourettes syndrome. Haloperidol is also used for severe behavior problems in hyperactive children when other treatments or medications have not worked.Haloperidol is a psychiatric medication (antipsychotic-type) that works by helping to restore the balance of certain natural substances in the brain (neurotransmitters).

Side Effects:

Dizziness lightheadedness drowsiness difficulty urinating sleep disturbances headache and anxiety may occur. If these effects persist or worsen notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

Dizziness and lightheadedness can increase the risk of falling. Get up slowly when rising from a sitting or lying position.

Tell your doctor promptly if any of these side effects occur: muscle spasm/stiffness shaking (tremor) restlessness mask-like facial expression drooling. Your doctor may prescribe another medication for you to take with haloperidol to decrease these side effects.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

In rare cases haloperidol may increase your level of a certain chemical made by the body (prolactin). For females this increase in prolactin may result in unwanted breast milk missed/stopped periods or difficulty becoming pregnant. For males it may result in decreased sexual ability inability to produce sperm or enlarged breasts. If you develop any of these symptoms tell your doctor right away.

For males in the unlikely event you have a painful or prolonged erection (lasting more than 4 hours) stop using this drug and seek immediate medical attention or permanent problems may occur.

This medication may rarely cause a condition known as tardive dyskinesia. In some cases this condition may be permanent. Tell your doctor right away if you develop any facial/muscle twitching such as tongue thrusting chewing movements puffing or puckering of your mouth or uncontrollable shaking.

This medication may rarely cause a very serious condition called neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS). Get medical help right away if you have any of the following symptoms: fever muscle stiffness/pain/tenderness/weakness severe tiredness severe confusion sweating fast/irregular heartbeat dark urine signs of kidney problems (such as change in the amount of urine).

Tell your doctor right away if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: persistent nausea/vomiting stomach/abdominal pain yellowing of eyes/skin seizures signs of infection (such as fever persistent sore throat).

Seek immediate medical attention if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: slow heartbeat severe dizziness chest pain fainting.

A very severe allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat) severe dizziness trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above contact your doctor or pharmacist.


Before taking haloperidol tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

Before using this medication tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history especially of: a certain severe nervous system problem (severe CNS depression) Parkinsons disease bipolar disorder difficulty urinating (for example due to prostate problems) glaucoma heart problems (e.g. angina) overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism) seizures low white blood cell count.

Haloperidol may cause a condition that affects the heart rhythm (QT prolongation). QT prolongation can rarely cause serious (rarely fatal) fast/irregular heartbeat and other symptoms (such as severe dizziness fainting) that need medical attention right away.

The risk of QT prolongation may be increased if you have certain medical conditions or are taking other drugs that may cause QT prolongation. Before using haloperidol tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the drugs you take and if you have any of the following conditions: certain heart problems (heart failure slow heartbeat QT prolongation in the EKG) family history of certain heart problems (QT prolongation in the EKG sudden cardiac death).

Low levels of potassium or magnesium in the blood may also increase your risk of QT prolongation. This risk may increase if you use certain drugs (such as diuretics/"water pills") or if you have conditions such as severe sweating diarrhea or vomiting. Talk to your doctor about using haloperidol safely.

This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy. Alcohol or marijuana (cannabis) can make you more dizzy or drowsy. Do not drive use machinery or do anything that needs alertness until you can do it safely. Limit alcoholic beverages. Talk to your doctor if you are using marijuana (cannabis).

Before having surgery tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs nonprescription drugs and herbal products).

This medication can reduce sweating making you more likely to get heatstroke. Avoid hard work and exercise in hot weather.

Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of this drug especially drowsiness dizziness lightheadedness difficulty urinating and heart effects such as QT prolongation (see above). Drowsiness dizziness and lightheadedness can increase the risk of falling.

During pregnancy this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Babies born to mothers who have used this drug during the last 3 months of pregnancy may rarely develop symptoms including muscle stiffness or shakiness drowsiness feeding/breathing difficulties or constant crying. If you notice any of these symptoms in your newborn especially during their first month tell the doctor right away.

Since untreated mental/mood problems (such as schizophrenia schizoaffective disorders) can be a serious condition do not stop taking this medication unless directed by your doctor. If you are planning pregnancy become pregnant or think you may be pregnant immediately discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using this medication during pregnancy.

This drug passes into breast milk and could have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.