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Haldol

Form.

Tablets: 0.5 milligrams,
Tablets: 1 milligrams,
Tablets: 2 milligrams,
Tablets: 5 milligrams,
Tablets: 10 milligrams.

No Prescription

Haldol is prescribed for treating psychotic disorders and for tics and vocal utterances of Tourette's syndrome.

Haldol is prescribed to reduce the symptoms of mental disorders such as schizophrenia. It is also prescribed to control tics (uncontrolled muscle contractions of face, arms, or shoulders) and the unintended utterances that mark Tourette's syndrome. In addition, it is prescribed in short-term treatment of children with severe behavior problems, including hyperactivity and combativeness.

Some doctors also prescribe Haldol to relieve severe nausea and vomiting caused by cancer drugs, to treat drug problems such as LSD flashback and PCP intoxication, and to control symptoms of hemiballismus, a condition that causes involuntary writhing of one side of the body.

Dosage.

Haldol has a wide range of doses. Patients should take it as directed by their physician.

ADULTS

Moderate Symptoms

The usual dosage is 1 to 6 mg daily. This amount should be divided into 2 or 3 smaller doses.

Severe Symptoms

The usual dosage is 6 to 15 mg daily, divided into 2 or 3 smaller doses.

CHILDREN

Children younger than 3 years old should not take Haldol.

For children between the ages of 3 and 12, weighing approximately 33 to 88 pounds, doses should start at 0.5 mg per day. Your doctor will increase the dose if needed.

For Psychotic Disorders

The daily dose may range from 0.05 mg to 0.15 mg for every 2.2 pounds of body weight.

For Non-Psychotic Behavior Disorders and Tourette's Syndrome

The daily dose may range from 0.05 mg to 0.075 mg for every 2.2 pounds of body weight.

OLDER ADULTS

In general, older people take dosages of Haldol in the lower ranges. Older adults (especially older women) may be more susceptible to tardive dyskinesia--a possibly irreversible condition marked by involuntary muscle spasms and twitches in the face and body. Consult your doctor for information about these potential risks.

Doses may range from 1 to 6 mg daily.

Side Effects.

The most common side effects associated with Haldol are:
- Dizziness;
- Extrapyramidal effects (sudden often jerky involuntary motions of the head neck arms body or eyes);
- Hyperactivity;
- Tiredness nausea;

Haldol 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 fall in blood pressure.

Haldol side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
- Weight Loss;
- Tightening Of The Throat Muscles;
- Tardive Dyskinesia;
- Skin Reactions;
- Involuntary Muscle Contractions;
- Insomnia;
- Dry Mouth;
- Drowsiness;
- Constipation;
- Cataracts;
- Breathing Problems;
- Breast Development In Men;
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