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Haldol For Anxiety
I was on haldol (haloperidol) for a few years & i stoped it for 4 weeks, but nothing happened to me. Only a bit of social anxiety. Can you explain why?
Depends on Why: I don't know why you were on haldol (haloperidol). But many of the reasons that people take Haldol (haloperidol) are because it prevents things (psychotic episodes or manic episodes) that happen occasionally, but when they do happen very bad things can happen. So the fact that you feel nothing when you stop the Haldol (haloperidol) might not mean that everything is fine, it depends on why you are taking it. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more
Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more
Get headaches behind the head. Is it due to depression/anxiety or meds? I'm on haldol, (haloperidol) lithium, and lamictal. MRI normal.
My haldol decanoate finally ran out. Used it to get over geodon (ziprasidone) withdrawal. Now I'm on zyprexa but tried geodon (ziprasidone) one day and now feeling anxious. Zypre?
Avoid Zyprexa (olanzapine) if possible: Extremely rare that I prescribe zyprexa, unless for some reason weight gain (that tends to occur very frequently with zyprexa) is desired. Metabolic syndrome and diabetes are also not uncommon adverse effects. If a medication in this class is required, I think Abilify (aripiprazole) at lowest effective dose is often helpful with a relatively low incidence of the serious side effects very often seen with zyprexa. ...Read more
Although uncommon and quite strong for this purpose, as a last resort can haloperidol theoretically be used for plane anxiety?
Haloperidol for my severe anxiety and nervous tics? This doesn't seem to make sense... or does it? Already on alprazolam.
Second opinion: If you are uncomfortable with your current medication regimen, or haven't gotten an explanation that you are comfortable with, please ask you doctor to re-explain. Otherwise, a second opinion is not unreasonable. ...Read more
Haloperidol...: 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
Only A Partial List: Side-effects of haldol: mild — blurred vision, constipation, diarrhea, dizziness, drowsiness, dry-mouth, headache, loss of appetite, trouble sleeping, upset stomach. Moderate: dystonias, Parkinson's symptoms. Severe — tardive dyskinesia (abnormal involutary movements), neuroleptic malignant syndrome (high fever, muscle rigidity, seizures). This is only a partial list of side effects. ...Read more
Many: Possible side effects include uncontrollable movements, restless feeling, insomnia, anxiety, drowsiness, feelingn you wanna kill someone, weight changes, dry mouth, breast tenderness or enlargement, nipple discharge, menstrual irregularities, photosensitivity. Possible severe reactions can include seizures, high or low blood pressure, heat stroke, heart rhythm disturbance, and liver damage. ...Read more
Discuss alternatives: Virtually all medications have potential for side effects; what is acceptable vs unacceptable varies from person to person. There may be alternatives to injectable Haldol (haloperidol) that would be effective but would have fewer side effects or the side effects would be more tolerable. Before stopping or changing meds, it's prudent to have a full discussion with your prescribing doctor about other choices. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Haldol: Per drugs. Com Haldol oral doses for psychosis can be anywhere from 0.5 to 2mg 2 to 3 times per day to up to 100mg/ day in severe cases. An overdose is accidental or intentional ingestion or application of an excessive dose of a medication. Medications overdoses may be dangerous and may lead to death in some situations. ...Read more
Haldol (haloperidol): Temporary side-effects such as tremors and muscle spasms resolve with treatment, permanent ones such as tardive dyskinesias persist and can occur after years of use. ...Read more
Yes, several: Depending on the type of side effects you're experiencing, medications such as Artane and Cogentin (benztropine) could be helpful. Please see your psychiatrist for an evaluation for these difficulties, since that would be the best source of evaluation and help. ...Read more
Does 100mg haldol (haloperidol) decanoate stay in your system after the four weeks even a little?
Should haldol (haloperidol) be used to treat combativeness when there is a lifethreatening overdose of ambien?
Does haldol (haloperidol) decanoate 100 mg take 15 weeks to completely be eliminated because it's half-life is three weeks?
rule of 5's: Typically, half-life elimination is governed by multiplier of 5, so if half-life is 3 wks, full elimination would be of course 15 weeks. That is indeed a long time, and I suspect that the true drug elimination half-life is shorter for your haldol, (haloperidol) as mechanistically, the duration is not the true half-life. ...Read more
7.5 days to 6 months: The half-life of Haldol (haloperidol) can vary from 1.5 days to more than 30 days, especially in those taking Haldol (haloperidol) decanoate, the long acting injectable form, once a month. It takes 4-5 half-lives to remove 94-97% of the drug concentration from the bloodstream. Therefore, it may take 7 1/2 days to 5 months or longer to remove it from the system. ...Read more
Unfortunately Yes: Overdosage of Haldol (haloperidol) is manifested by many of the same side effects experienced only to an intense degree: severe extrapyramical reactions (tremor, rigid muscles, weak muscles), low blood pressure, and sedation. One can experience severe cardiac problems leading to cardiac arrest. Since there is no antidote, supportive treatment is all that is available. So know your dose and follow it closely. ...Read more
Oral or injectable, you can have involuntary movements where arms, legs, face move (see your M.D. if this happens); excitability or tiredness, it depends.
Many people do fine, and the symptoms of their illness may resolve. A lot depends on the severity of your illness, smoking, dose of Haldol, (haloperidol) and if its oral, injection, any other meds, etc. ...Read more
Depends: The effectiveness of this dose of Haldol (haloperidol) depends on several factors. Some people will get a calming effect from Haldol (haloperidol) within the first few days of its use. If there are problems with hallucinations or bizarre thoughts, this dose may not be helpful enough, and it would take several days to make a decision about this. Effectiveness would also depend on how quickly the body metabolizes the medicine. ...Read more
Helps for paranoia: Haldol or the generic name haloperidol is used for the treatment of psychotic symptoms including delusions such as paranoia ; hallucinations. A person may experience no side effects, if taken properly. However, the drug may cause sedation, fatigue ; cognitive dulling. Other side effects include muscle stiffness, tremors, ; restlessness. If a person has fever ; severe rigidity, then go to an er. ...Read more