Due to his stroke he has a stroke related dementia, his doctor has prescribed a medication (Haloperidol Tablets 0.5 mg.). Yesterday morning, while I was sleeping he managed to unlock the front door, go outside (in his underwear) walk around the corner of our home and attempted to get in our kitchen door. It was locked, he started to pound on this door, finally woke me up and I got him inside. Could this medication caused him to do this? He has never done this before. Also, he normally has a problem unlocking the front door.
It sounds like Sundowner Syndrome, and is probably more related to the diabetes/stroke than to the meds. Try googling sundowner syndrome. As for the front door, when there is dementia, old memories are often stronger, and he may have had a clearer memory in the past. You may need to get some new locks.
- Haloperidol Information for Consumers
- Haloperidol Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Haloperidol (detailed)
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