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Haloperidol (Injection)

Haloperidol (hal-oh-PER-i-dol)

Treats schizophrenia and symptoms of Tourette syndrome.

Brand Name(s):

Haldol, Haldol Decanoate, Novaplus Haloperidol Decanoate

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:

This medicine is not right for everyone. You should not receive this medicine if you had an allergic reaction to haloperidol, or if you have Parkinson disease.

How to Use This Medicine:


  • Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given. This medicine is given as a shot into one of your muscles.
  • A nurse or other health provider will give you this medicine.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid:

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Some medicines and foods can affect how haloperidol works. Tell your doctor if you also take medicine for seizures (including carbamazepine), medicine for heart rhythm problems, or a blood thinner (such as warfarin).
  • Tell your doctor if you also take lithium, ketoconazole, itraconazole, carbidopa/levodopa, rifampin, quinidine, nefazodone, buspirone, paroxetine, venlafaxine, fluvoxamine, fluoxetine, sertraline, alprazolam, chlorpromazine, or promethazine.
  • Tell your doctor if you use anything else that makes you sleepy. Some examples are allergy medicine, narcotic pain medicine, and alcohol.
  • Do not drink alcohol while you are using this medicine.

Warnings While Using This Medicine:

  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have thyroid problems, heart disease, heart rhythm problems (including long QT syndrome), allergies, or a history of breast cancer or seizures.
  • This medicine may cause the following problems:
    • Heart rhythm changes
    • Tardive dyskinesia (a muscle disorder that could become permanent)
    • Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (a nerve disorder that could be life-threatening)
    • Bronchitis or pneumonia
    • Extrapyramidal reaction (a muscle and nerve disorder)
  • This medicine may make you bleed, bruise, or get infections more easily. Take precautions to prevent illness and injury. Wash your hands often. Tell your doctor if you have bone marrow problems or if you have ever had a blood disorder, such as low blood cell counts.
  • This medicine may make you dizzy or drowsy. Do not drive or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how this medicine affects you.
  • Your doctor will do lab tests at regular visits to check on the effects of this medicine. Keep all appointments.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine:

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
  • Fast, slow, or uneven heartbeat
  • Fever, cough, trouble breathing
  • Fever, sweating, confusion, uneven heartbeat, muscle stiffness
  • Jerky muscle movement you cannot control (often in your face, tongue, or jaw)
  • Lightheadedness, dizziness, or fainting
  • Muscle spasms, trouble swallowing
  • Twitching or muscle movements you cannot control, problems with balance or walking
  • Unusual bleeding, bruising, or weakness

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Breast pain or swelling
  • Dry mouth
  • Pain, swelling, or redness where the shot was given

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088

Last Updated: 10/4/2015

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