They say dad was agitated so they gave him haldol. After FDA recommendations why would haldol be given to my 80+yr old father in post op ICU. He had been previously diagnosed with dementia, ahlziemers, hearing loss, etc but ICU still administered haldol. FDA says dont give it to elderly patients with dementia. Why isnt that followed?
There is a big difference between what it says and what you are implying. It says haldol im is not approved for it. What that means is that they aren't saying its ok to use. There isn't anywhere that it says do not give it. It just so happens its works better then most medicines for agitated dementia patients. Many medications are given that aren't approved for the purpose given. Would you have preferred that he remain agitated, disturb his care and possibly hurt himself in the process? I personally can't stand to watch a dementia patient frightened because they have no understanding of what is going on, and the frightening experience they must be having is horrible. Personally I hate haldol, but until their is something better, its often the only choice.
- Haldol Information for Consumers
- Haldol Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Haldol (detailed)
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