My husband has recently been put on this drug (he is being treated for hallucinations and does have vascular dementia) He has started shaking and jerking this last 2 weeks (has taken haloperidol for about 4 weeks in total). His mobility has become seriously impaired and is now bent over on the occasions he does walk. Can this be the haloperiodol? He is also being given Trazadone. I understand that today the doctor has removed the haloperidol from his daily drug regime.
14 Nov 2009
Yes, any anti-psychotic medication like Haloperidol can cause the side-effects you describe. It is called Tardive Dyskinesia, and sometimes it is not reversible. It is good your husband no longer takes it.
Hope his doc can find another medication that is effective without this serious side-effect, and that his shaking/jerking symptoms abate.
- Haloperidol Information for Consumers
- Haloperidol Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Haloperidol (detailed)
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