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13.04 Haloperidol (Haldol)

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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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