You should not take Haldol if you take certain medications, including narcotic pain relievers, sleep aids, antihistamines, vitamins, cold medications, tranquilizers, and blood thinners. Let your doctor know about all of the medications, herbal remedies, and supplements you consume if you are prescribed this drug.
Let your doctor know if you currently have or have ever been diagnosed with thyroid disease, breast cancer, seizures, liver disease, kidney disease, bipolar issues, an electrolyte imbalance, or heart conditions including long QT (LQTS) syndrome, and chest pain. These conditions may affect your ability to tolerate Haldol. People who have Parkinson’s disease should not take Haldol. If you have ever had an extreme reaction or side effect to another medication prescribed to treat mental health issues, relay this information to your doctor. This drug is not recommended for elderly people experiencing dementia or related conditions as it may increase the risk of death.
Using this medication in high doses or over a prolonged period of time may lead to serious and irreversible issues with body movement known as tardive dyskinesia. Women and elderly people are at a higher risk of developing this adverse effect.
Taking Haldol carries significant risks and hazards of which to be aware. Your doctor or pharmacist should cover the following information if prescribing you this drug:
- If you become pregnant while taking Haldol, you should notify your doctor. However, it is important that you do not stop taking this medication unless advised to do so by your doctor. You will likely need to taper off of the medication because it may cause problems for newborns if taken during the third trimester. Though there is limited data available on human pregnancy, there are cases of limb malformation in newborns whose mothers used Haldol and other drugs while pregnant. Do not breastfeed while taking this drug as haloperidol may pass into breast milk and harm a nursing child.
- People who take this medication are more prone to heat stroke. Avoid becoming dehydrated or overheated, particularly when engaging in physical exercise or during hot weather.
- This drug may impair your thinking, alertness, and reaction time. Be very cautious if you need to drive. Avoid operating heavy machinery.
- Getting up from a lying or sitting position may cause dizziness and loss of balance.
- Avoid drinking alcohol while taking this medication. Alcohol can increase the severity of side effects.
- If you are having sedation dental work or any type of surgery, let your surgeon or dentist know that you are taking this drug.
- If you are prescribed this drug, consider finding a qualified therapist or counselor to supplement your drug treatment. Many prominent studies show better mental health outcomes when psychotropic medication is paired with a type of psychotherapy.