What is this medicine?
HALOPERIDOL (ha loe PER i dole) is used to treat schizophrenia. It is also used to control tics and vocal outbursts in patients with Tourette's syndrome.
How should I use this medicine?
This medicine is for injection into a muscle. It is given by a health-care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
breast pain or swelling or unusual production of breast milk
fast, irregular, pounding heartbeat
feeling faint or lightheaded, falls
fever, chills, or sore throat
hot, dry skin or lack of sweating
problems with balance, talking, walking
stiffness, spasms, trembling
trouble passing urine or change in the amount of urine
uncontrollable head, mouth, neck, arm, or leg movements
unusually weak or tired
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
anxiety or agitation
change in sex drive or performance
constipation or diarrhea
nausea or vomiting
What may interact with this medicine?
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
certain antibiotics like grepafloxacin, pentamidine, sparfloxacin
certain medicines for fungal infections like fluconazole, itraconazole, ketoconazole, posaconazole, voriconazole
certain medicines for irregular heart beat like dofetilide, dronedarone
certain medicines for malaria like chloroquine, halofantrine
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
certain medicines for depression, anxiety, or psychotic disturbances
certain medicines for Parkinson's disease like levodopa
certain medicines that treat or prevent blood clots like warfarin
narcotic pain medicines
other medicines that prolong the QT interval (cause an abnormal heart rhythm)
What if I miss a dose?
This does not apply.
Where should I keep my medicine?
This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
low or high levels of electrolytes in the blood
an unusual or allergic reaction to haloperidol, tartrazine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. It may be a few weeks before you see the full effects of this medicine.
You may get dizzy or drowsy or have blurred vision. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol can increase dizziness and drowsiness. Avoid alcoholic drinks.
Do not treat yourself for colds, diarrhea or allergies. Ask your doctor or health care professional for advice, some nonprescription medicines may increase possible side effects.
Your mouth may get dry. Chewing sugarless gum or sucking hard candy, and drinking plenty of water may help. Contact your doctor if the problem does not go away or is severe.
This medicine can reduce the response of your body to heat or cold. Dress warm in cold weather and stay hydrated in hot weather. If possible, avoid extreme temperatures like saunas, hot tubs, very hot or cold showers, or activities that can cause dehydration such as vigorous exercise.
This medicine can make you more sensitive to the sun. Keep out of the sun. If you cannot avoid being in the sun, wear protective clothing and use sunscreen. Do not use sun lamps or tanning beds/booths.
July 17, 2018