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Haldol And Cogentin
Can a prescribing psychologist prescribe cogentin along with Haldol (haloperidol) since it is not cogentin is not specifically a "psychiatric drug"?
No: Psychologists are not MD's and do not prescribe medications (hopefully, that has not and will not change). To receive a prescription for medication, one would see an MD or DO, meaning an allopathic or osteopathic doctor, such as a psychiatrist. ...Read more
I take a lot of meds such as haldol (haloperidol) 5mg, lamictal 400mg, lithium 900mg, cogentin, humira and I'm tired/sleepy alot. Is this due to depression or meds?
Yes: The better answer is to get onto a medicine that does not cause movement disorders so you do not have to take a second medication to counter side effects of the primary medication. ...Read more
Haloperidol...: ...or Haldol is a "first-generation" or "typical" antipsychotic originally developed for schizophrenia, where patients have lost touch with reality, have hallucinations and/or delusions. It is also used for sedation in inpatient psychiatric settings if patients are violent or severely psychotic. It is used much less often than the newer "atypical" drugs although haloperidol is just as effective. ...Read more
Mostly supportive: There is no antidote for an overdose of haldol (haloperidol). If caught acutely, lavage to get as much out of the stomach as possible, plus charcoal to absorb some. Large overdose can produce serious life-threatening effects on the body, including elevated temp, heart problems, muscle spasms, etc. Some symptoms can be counteracted with other medications; most require support until passes out of body. ...Read more
Medication: Oftentimes they will try a different medication in the same class especially since these two compounds are chemically different. ...Read more
Personality disorder: That would be best to ask a doctor or psychiatrist who is prescribing haldol--a discussion of what the Haldol (haloperidol) is being used to treat would be very educational, if one doesn't know already. Personality disorders can be treated with medication if indicated by a doctor. However, personality disorders are long-standing, and aren't cured with medications. ...Read more
Antipsychotic?: I think you probably mean "antipsychotic drugs". These medicines can potentially be used for several years. This depends on whether the medicine is still needed and whether it is being well tolerated. ...Read more
Classes and Actions:
Thorazine & Haldol are antipsychotic or neuroleptic medications. They are prescribed for psychosis and sometimes for agitation. An old name is major tranquilizer. They are not particularly fun to take. Ativan is a benzodiazapine, like are valium and xanax (alprazolam).
They have been called minor tranquilizers, have sedative properties and can be abused and addictive. Ativan is used for anxiety and agitation. ...Read more
It's not that simple: Both do function by blocking dopamine - but a direct comparison almost certainly is an inadequate way to think about them. The Dr who knows your entire condition is best able to decide which to try 1st. If that is not effective or has bad side effects, the other may work. It's not more vs less. They work differently and NEW is often attractive to many. Trust helps too! ...Read more
Quick: The onset of action would be expected to be anwhere from about an hour to a couple of days, provided the dose is right. ...Read more
Depends on SE: Several medications are used with Haldol (haloperidol) to reduce side effects. Most commonly, the biggest problem is what are call eprs (extrapyramical resactions). Anticholinergics are highly beneficial, and a commonly used one is benztropine (cogentin). Agitation also sometimes occurs as a side-effect, and a benzodizaapine such as Lorazepam (ativan) can help with that. ...Read more
I was given a single haldol (haloperidol) injection for a panic attack, how long before it wears off?
Haldol (haloperidol) injection: This is seldom used but usually in 6 to 8 hours it clears out, assuming you are not taking oral med. At same time. ...Read more
To the psychiatrists who still use haldol: what does do you usually use for schizoaffective disorder. It may vary but what's the average?
Haldol (haloperidol): The average dose of Haldol (haloperidol) whether it is schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder is 10 mg a day. There was a time however where doses of up to hundred milligrams a day were used. They were however found no better than 10 mg a day. Best wishes and have a happy holiday season. ...Read more
46yo f have schizoaffective do. Been psychotic 8 Xs in past year. On haldol (haloperidol) now. Working now, can peri-menopause make it ineffective in future?
I commend the patient, mental health professionals, and caretakers for effective treatment, recovery and placing patient at work.
Recovery is good with Schizoaffective Disorder with Individual and Group Therapy, monitoring of Haldol (haloperidol) side effects by psychiatrist and medical Follow up. There is no clinical research showing ineffectiveness of treatment during peri-menopause. ...Read more
Can haldol (haloperidol) decanate still work and function in your system after a month has passed from initial injection. Does it have permanent effects on brain?
Haldol (haloperidol) decanoate: Haldol (haloperidol) decanoate is much longer acting than oral or IV forms of haldol (haloperidol). It is usually given about every 3-4 weeks, and is active for that time period. Long-term movement disorders (tardive dyskinesia) can result with haldol (haloperidol), and can be irreversible. Risk of this must be weighed against risk of psychotic symptoms without the medication. ...Read more
I have been injected with Haldol (haloperidol) in 2013.it is now June2014, and I still feel as if I am in a dream. This has rendered me mentally crippled. Help me.
Haldol (haloperidol) effects 1 yr?: If I understand correctly, ur saying u've had no Haldol (haloperidol) in months or even one year. A dose, or even several, given that long ago should not be prodicing any effect, nor any side effect at this time. Discuss ur symptoms with ur doc. They are likely being caused by another etiology, and this needs to be worked up, so it can be treated & you can feel better. Ring your doc & set up an appt to discuss. ...Read more
If haldol (haloperidol) decanoate 100mg takes 15 to fully eliminate and im at week 5, will it still be released, active and have an effect on me? Also taking zyprex
Haldol (haloperidol) decanoate: Haldol (haloperidol) will continue to be released in an active form until it leaves for system completely. Meanwhile it sounds like you are being transitioned over to zyprexa. There is a definite art doing this in long-acting forms and I am sure that your doctor is taking this into account. If for some reason you have any doubts, simply ask your doctor exactly what the plan is for the transition and how it works. Best wishes. ...Read more
Stop taking haldol (haloperidol) 5 mg a day after a month an half of taking it and continuing taking akineton 2mg at day can avoid the withdrawal effects of haldol (haloperidol)?
Akathesia: Alathesia can be a b****, that's for sure. Have you tried Cogentin or artane? Sometimes, diffetent ones work better. I will go as high as 2mgs three times/day of Cogentin (benztropine), if needed. Of course, benztropine has side effects too. A little benedryl can help. I don't love inderal- too sedating, but low dose nadalol can be helpful. Check with your dr, no matter what. ...Read more
Yes: Haldol (haloperidol) is an antipsychotic that can cause extrapyramidal symptoms. These symptoms can be Parkinson's like (tremor, shuffling walk), dystonic (sustained contractions of muscle groups, some cause abnormal posture) or akathisia (feeling of restlessness). Akineton is a medication that helps treat the above side effects that can occur with Haldol (haloperidol) and other antipsychotic medications. ...Read more
Antipsychotics: A group of medications called Neuroleptics / Antipsychotics ...Read more