... was told over the phone "haldor" is what I was told. Question-my father has dementia, thought to be caused by drinking. He has been holding his pills in his cheek so they put him on liquid. I read something here that said haldol should not be used to treat dementia. Is this true or does anyoen else have a dementia patient/relative on this drug? His behavior is worse now. He is becoming increasing violent, and I think its the meds, not his mind. Thoughts and/or help PLEASE!
18 May 2010
Haldol is a very old antipsychotic drug. It was first used in asylums to dampen down symptoms of schizophrenia. It has a long list of dangerous side effects and was rejected by one drug company when first developed due to the number of horrendous side effects. No wonder your dad doesnt want to take it ! My elderly mother was on many different drugs but improved after she collapsed and was taken off them. Haldol should not be given for dementia. Old age is not a mental illness and old people deserve more respect.Haldol used to also be given to prisoners of war in the soviet union as a form of punishment. It can cause Akathesia,cramps,tremors and dystonia which can cause dificulty breathing. Elderly people are more suseptable to side effects yet most doctors dish out pills to them like smarties. Drug companies make a fortune out of medicalising old age as though it were a disease ! He really needs you now to stick up for him Good Luck
18 May 2010
OMG please what ever you do have the Haldol stopped - google it and read about it. It should NOT be given to patients with dementia. This drug was given to my father who had dementia - he became uncontrollably violent on a daily basis and developed pneumonia (a side effect of Haldol). I am saddened to say he passed away before I read up about the drug.
I hope this helps, keep in touch.
- Haldol Information for Consumers
- Haldol Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Haldol (detailed)
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