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How long does it take to get over the immobility side-effect of haldol (haloperidol)?

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Dr. Jerome Litt
Dermatology 71 years experience
HALDOL (haloperidol) SIDE EFFECTS: Haldol (haloperidol) side effects will depend on your age and the dose of the medication. Some of the side effects are difficulty in breathing, dizziness, drowsiness, unusual weakness & tiredness. Stopping the drug should get rid of any side effects in a matter of days. Check with your doctor. Older people are affected more than younger ones.
Dr. Gregg Albers
Addiction Medicine 41 years experience
Movement issues: There are serious movement side effects from Haldol (haloperidol) and other antipsychotic medication. Dystonia, muscle spasms, problems with coordination, akisthesia, problems with speech swallowing, licking, can become permanent. The dose, the patient's age, and the duration of the symptoms before stopping the medication all effect the duration of the side effects or it's permanence.

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A 47-year-old member asked:

How bad can the side effects of haldol (haloperidol) get?

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Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 36 years experience
Variable: Some people have few if any side effects. Dystonic reactions with muscle rigidity and tremors are relatively common, but relieved by Cogentin or benadryl (diphenhydramine). After long term use tardive dyskinesia may occur which is uncontrolled movements of tongue, lips, and/or extremities. As with any medication it is always a matter of risk vs benefit.

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