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Haloperidol: Haldol (Antipsychotic)

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Generic Name

haloperidol

Trade Name

Haldol

Indication

Schizophrenia, mania, aggressive and agitated patient

Action

Alters the effect of dopamine

Therapeutic Class

Antipsychotic

Pharmacologic Class

butyrophenones

Nursing Considerations

  • extrapyramidal symptoms, tardive dyskinesia
  • use caution in QT prolongation
  • may cause seizures, constipation, dry mouth, agranulosytosis
  • assess for hallucinations
  • monitor hemodynamics
  • monitor for neuroleptic malignant syndrome ( fever, muscular rigidity, altered mental status, and autonomic dysfunction)
  • monitor CBC with differential

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