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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.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
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.
Medication: Oftentimes they will try a different medication in the same class especially since these two compounds are chemically different.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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.
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!
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.
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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.