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What is this medicine?

HALOPERIDOL (ha loe PER i dole) is used to treat schizophrenia. This medicine is also used to control tics and vocal outbursts in patients with Tourette's syndrome and treat behavioral problems in children with severe conduct disorders. It should only be used in these children if other medicines have not worked.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • dementia
  • head injury
  • lung disease
  • Parkinson's disease
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to haloperidol, tartrazine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. You can take this medicine with or without food. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not suddenly stop taking this medicine. You may need to gradually reduce the dose.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed. While this medicine may be prescribed for children for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
  • arsenic trioxide
  • certain antibiotics like grepafloxacin and sparfloxacin
  • cisapride
  • droperidol
  • levomethadyl
  • medicines for malaria like chloroquine and halofantrine
  • medicines to control heart rate
  • methadone
  • pentamidine
  • pimozide
  • ranolazine
  • risperidone
  • ziprasidone

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • alcohol
  • atropine
  • benztropine
  • cabergoline
  • carbamazepine
  • certain medicines for depression, anxiety, or psychotic disturbances
  • certain medicines for fungal infections like ketoconazole and itraconazole
  • dicyclomine
  • levodopa or other medicines for Parkinson's disease
  • lithium
  • medicines for hay fever and other allergies
  • prescription pain medicines
  • promethazine
  • rifampin
  • warfarin

               
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