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What is the treatment for haldol (haloperidol) overdose?

What is the treatment for haldol (haloperidol) overdose?

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

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Haloperidol (Definition)

Haloperidol is a high strength D2 stimulator which is a kind of drug ...Read more


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What is the definition or description of: Haldol (haloperidol) overdose?

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

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What is the treatment for haldol (haloperidol) overdose?

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

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Can you fatally overdose on your haldol (haloperidol)?

Can you fatally overdose on your haldol (haloperidol)?

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

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Side effects of haldol (haloperidol)?

Side effects of haldol (haloperidol)?

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

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What are the side effects of haldol (haloperidol)?

What are the side effects of haldol (haloperidol)?

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

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Haldol (haloperidol) shot hurts my psyche, what to do?

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

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Are haldol (haloperidol) and halothane in related drugs?

Are haldol (haloperidol) and halothane in  related drugs?

No: They are totally different. Haldol (haloperidol) is a first generation, anti-psychotic medication. Halothane is an inhalant used during general anasthesia. ...Read more

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

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

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Does anyone know how long the side effects of haldol (haloperidol) can last?

Does anyone know how long the side effects of haldol (haloperidol) can last?

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

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Is there a medication that decreases the side effects of haldol (haloperidol)?

Is there a medication that decreases the side effects of haldol (haloperidol)?

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

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Does 100mg haldol (haloperidol) decanoate stay in your system after the four weeks even a little bit?

Does 100mg haldol (haloperidol) decanoate stay in your system after the four weeks even a little bit?

no good: No good levels are warranted if missed monthly doses of Haldol (haloperidol) dec. The steady levels advantage might be gone shortly after 4 weeks leading to decompensation of psychosis. It is important to be compliant with dr instructions. ...Read more

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Does haldol (haloperidol) decanoate 100 mg take 15 weeks to completely be eliminated because it's half life is three weeks?

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

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What is haldol (haloperidol) used for?

What is haldol (haloperidol) used for?

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

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How long does haldol (haloperidol) stay in system?

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

Haldol (Definition)

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Overdose (Definition)

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