Tardive Dyskinesia and cardiovascular adverse events are two notable concerns linked to Haldol, as stated by the FDA. (1) Elderly patients who present dementia-related psychosis should not be treated with Haldol due to the increased risk of death.
Haldol should not be combined with other medications or alcohol due to the risk of death caused by respiratory failure or other potential fatal risks. See more on this topic below, where you can find additional information concerning withdrawal symptoms and other important topics relating to Haldol.
Haldol comes in intramuscular injectable vials, to be administered at approximately 4 week intervals, and also in an oral liquid form designed to be taken daily. The antipsychotic medication is used for the following:
Haldol has not developed a known street presence as a drug of abuse. Haldol is the brand or trade name for the generic version haloperidol.
Another version of the drug named Haldol Decanoate or haloperidol decanoate is a longer-acting form of Haldol, administered intramuscularly.
In reference to its use for sedating violent patients, it is sometimes referred to as the Velvet Hammer for its profound and immediate sedative properties. (3)
There are some severe side effects that may significantly concern patients taking Haldol, including:
Other side effects from Haldol include but not limited to:
There may be some severe withdrawal symptoms that arise when coming off Haldol, despite claims that may seem to downplay such reactions. (1)(2)
Unless medically indicated, never stop an antipsychotic drug abruptly. Some withdrawal symptoms include:
Perhaps surprising, the FDA reports that most patients coming off short term use of Haldol do not exhibit problems during withdrawal. (1)
However, tardive dyskenisia-like symptoms are more frequently seen when patients on maintenance level doses for a significant period of time withdraw from the drug. For patients who have been on the medication for longer duration, gradual tapering is generally recommended.
Before a person begins a regimen that includes antipsychotic medication, it is recommended that a thorough study and adequate research is done to answer some of the most frequent questions that arise concerning this class of drug. The following information may help in such research.
The FDA has issued warnings concerning the intravenous use of Haldol, and though the practice is not approved, there is evidence that the practice of intravenous injection is somewhat common in certain clinical or incarceration applications.
The practice of intravenous injection can have fatal consequences and heart monitoring should be done where the patient may be at risk of heart failure or other complications from IV use of haloperidol or Haldol. (4)
At the center, ATMC welcomes persons who are looking for relief from symptoms that were not adequately resolved with drug-based treatments.
We know that an individual will have their own unique history and treatment needs that only a personalized treatment program can address.
Often, where it is medically feasible to do so, treatment plans may include assisting with Haldol withdrawal.
Haldol has the effect of blocking the “reward” neurotransmitter, dopamine. It is thought that by deflecting dopamine, this causes a build-up in the synapses, and as a result, manic behaviors may become lessened. The restriction of dopamine, as the chemical associated with reward, may have a dampening effect on one’s passion and ability to experience pleasure in life.
This effect may not have provided a desired quality of life, and a person may desire other means to achieve improvements in health without prescription drugs. At the Alternative to Meds Center, we include many therapeutic, drug-free means to help a person move toward these valuable improvements to their quality of life.
We also know it is possible to exhaustively investigate root causes for the symptoms that may have led to medication in the first place. With such investigations, lab testing and other methods can determine areas such as emotional or mental health issues that can be greatly assisted through non harmful, drug-free protocols.
Heavy metal removal, deep cleanses, nutritional support through clean diet, food-grade supplements, and many other protocols can significantly help a person achieve their goals toward achieving natural mental health, supported through tapering off prescription drugs, or safely reducing drugs to the very smallest dosages that will allow for a satisfying quality of life.
Very often, a drug such as Haldol is given when a person is mid-crisis, i.e., to manage extreme episodes. But unfortunately, less attention is placed on determining whether the crisis was a temporary situation, often leaving the person in an erroneously fixed diagnosis.
It may be easier to find a doctor to prescribe Haldol, than to find one who will help get you off the drug. The Alternative to Meds Center may be helpful in this regard, and have helped many thousands of clients who were stuck in a similar undesirable predicament.
Through holistic methods we can obtain a high rate of return in aiming to improve overall health and wellness, and recovering from medications that did not adequately resolve these types of issues. Please ask us for more information on our programs and treatments at the Alternative to Meds Center which we are happy to furnish on request.
Dr. Motl is currently certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Psychiatry, and Board eligible in Neurology and licensed in the state of Arizona. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in biology and minors in chemistry and philosophy. He graduated from Creighton University School of Medicine with a Doctor of Medicine. Dr. Motl has studied Medical Acupuncture at the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine and at U.C.L.A.