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HALOPERIDOL 5MG TABLETS
Active substance(s): HALOPERIDOL
Haldol 5mg Tablets / Haloperidol 5mg Tablets
Haldol 10mg Tablets / Haloperidol 10mg Tablets
Patient Information Leaflet
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start using this medicine
* Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
* If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
* This medicine has been prescribed for you. Do not pass it on to others.
It may harm them, even if their symptoms are the same as yours.
* If you get side effects and they become serious or if you notice any side
effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.
Your medicine is called Haldol 5mg Tablets / Haloperidol 5mg Tablets /
Haldol 10mg Tablets / Haloperidol 10mg Tablets, but will be referred to as
Haldol tablets throughout this Patient Information Leaflet.
In this leaflet:
1 What Haldol tablets are and what they are used for
2 Before you take Haldol tablets
3 How to take Haldol tablets
4 Possible side effects
5 How to store Haldol tablets
6 Further information
What Haldol tablets are and what they are used for
The name of your medicine is Haldol tablets.
Haldol tablets contain a medicine called haloperidol. This belongs to a group
of medicines called ‘antipsychotics’.
Haldol tablets are used for:
* Schizophrenia, psychoses, mania and behavioural problems in adults and
These illnesses affect the way you think, feel or behave. They may make
* Feel confused
* See, hear or feel things that are not there (hallucinations)
* Believe things that are not true (delusions)
* Feel unusually suspicious (paranoia)
* Feel very excited, agitated, enthusiastic or hyperactive
* Feel very aggressive or violent
Haldol tablets are also used for:
* Gilles de la Tourette syndrome and movements you can’t control (tics)
* Hiccups that won’t go away
Before you take Haldol tablets
Do not take Haldol tablets if:
* You are allergic to anything in Haldol tablets (listed in section 6 below)
* You have, or have had, certain types of heart disease which cause your
heart to beat with an abnormal rhythm (arrhythmia) or unusually slowly
* You are taking any medicines which affect your heart beat
* Your doctor tells you that the level of potassium in your blood is too low
* You have Parkinson’s disease
* Your doctor tells you that you have a condition that affects part of your
brain called the ‘basal ganglia’
* You are less aware of things around you or your reactions become slower
Do not take this medicine if any of the above apply to you. If you are not
sure, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using Haldol tablets.
Take special care with Haldol tablets
If you are elderly, as you may be more sensitive to the effects of Haldol.
If you or someone else in your family has a history of blood clots, as
medicines like these have been associated with formation of blood clots.
Check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking Haldol tablets if you
* A heart problem or anyone in your close family has died suddenly of heart
* Ever had bleeding in the brain, or your doctor has told you that you are
more likely than other people to have a stroke
* Lower than normal levels of minerals (electrolytes) in your blood. Your
doctor will advise you
* Not been eating properly for a long time
* Liver or kidney problems
* Epilepsy or have ever had fits (convulsions) as you may need more
medicine to control them.
* Problems with your thyroid gland
* A non-cancerous tumour of the adrenal gland (phaeochromocytoma)
You may need to be more closely monitored, and the amount of Haldol
tablets you take may have to be altered. If you are not sure if any of the
above apply to you, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Haldol
Medical check ups
Your doctor may want to take an electrocardiogram (ECG) before or during
your treatment with Haldol tablets. The ECG measures the electrical activity
of your heart.
Your doctor may want to check the levels of minerals (electrolytes) in your
Taking other medicines
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken
any other medicines. This includes medicines that you buy without a
prescription or herbal medicines
Special monitoring may be needed if you are taking lithium and Haldol
tablets at the same time. Tell your doctor straight away and stop taking
both medicines if you get:
* Fever you can’t explain or movements you can’t control
* Confused, disoriented, a headache, balance problems and feel sleepy.
These are signs of a serious condition
Haldol tablets can affect the way the following types of medicine work
Tell your doctor if you are taking medicines for:
* Calming you down or helping you to sleep (tranquillisers)
* Illnesses that affect the way you think, feel or behave (antipsychotics or
Pain (strong pain killers)
Changes in your heart beat or are taking medicines that affect your heart
* Coughs and colds
* Depression, such as ‘tricyclic antidepressants’ and 'tetracyclic
* Lowering blood pressure, such as guanethidine and methyldopa
* Severe allergic reactions, such as adrenaline
* Parkinson’s disease, such as levodopa
* Thinning the blood, such as phenindione
Talk to your doctor before taking Haldol tablets if you are taking any of these
Certain medicines may affect the way that Haldol tablets work
Tell your doctor if you are taking medicines for:
* Depression, such as fluoxetine and paroxetine
* Malaria, such as quinine and mefloquine
* Anxiety, such as buspirone
* Problems with your heart beat, such as quinidine disopyramide and
procainamide, amiodarone, sotalol and dofetilide
* Epilepsy, such as phenobarbital and carbamazepine
* Allergies, such as terfenadine
* Serious infections, such as rifampicin
* Lowering blood pressure, such as water tablets (diuretics)
* Infections such as sparfloxacin, moxifloxacin, erythromycin IV
* A fungal infection, such as ketoconazole
Your doctor may have to change your dose of Haldol tablets.
Taking Haldol tablets with food and alcohol
You can take Haldol tablets with or without food. Swallow the tablets with
Drinking alcohol while you are taking Haldol tablets might make you feel
drowsy and less alert. This means you should be careful how much alcohol
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Talk to your doctor before taking Haldol tablets if you are pregnant, think you
may be pregnant or might become pregnant.
The following symptoms may occur in newborn babies, of mothers that have
used Haldol in the last trimester (last three months of their pregnancy):
shaking, muscle stiffness and/or weakness, sleepiness, agitation, breathing
problems, and difficulty in feeding. If your baby develops any of these
symptoms you may need to contact your doctor.
You may still be able to take Haldol tablets if your doctor thinks you need to.
Do not take this medicine if you are breast-feeding. This is because small
amounts may pass into the mother’s milk.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking any medicine if you
are pregnant or breast-feeding.
If you suffer from a disorder with related memory loss, you should talk first to
your doctor, who will decide if you can be given Haldol and will explain the
possible risks of its use.
Driving and using machines
This medicine may affect you being able to drive. Do not drive or use any
tools or machines without discussing this with your doctor first.
Important information about some of the ingredients of Haldol 5 mg
Haldol 5 mg tablets contain lactose. If your doctor has told you that you are
intolerant of some sugars, discuss it with them before taking this medicine.
Available safety data in the paediatric population indicate a risk of
extrapyramidal symptoms, including tardive dyskinesia (involuntary, repetitive
body movements), and sedation. No long-term safety data are available.
How to take Haldol tablets
Always take Haldol tablets exactly as your doctor has told you. You should
check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
How much should you take
Your doctor will tell you how many Haldol tablets to take and for how long.
Your doctor will adjust the dose to suit you. It is very important you take the
Your dose will depend on:
* Your age
* How serious your symptoms are
* Whether you have other medical problems
* How you have reacted to similar medicines in the past
* When used to treat schizophrenia, psychoses or mania your dose will
normally be 2mg, but may be increased up to 20mg
* When used to treat agitation and behavioural problems your dose will
normally be 1.5 mg to 5mg
* It may be given as a single dose or split into smaller doses and given two
to three times a day
* Your doctor may reduce the dose of Haldol tablets when your symptoms
begin to improve
* The dose for children depends on their weight and age
* The following doses will be split into smaller doses and given two to
three times a day
Children aged 3 to 12 years
* When used to treat childhood schizophrenia, the normal dose will be 1 to
4mg a day but may be increased up to 6 mg a day
* When used to treat agitation and behavioural problems, the normal dose
will be 0.5 to 3 mg a day but may be increased up to 3 mg a day
Adolescents aged 13 to 17 years of age
* When used to treat childhood schizophrenia, the normal dose will be 1 to 6
mg a day but may be increased up to 10 mg a day
* When used to treat agitation and behavioural problems, the normal dose
will be 2 to 6 mg a day but may be increased up to 6 mg a day
Haldol ® 5mg Tablets / Haloperidol 5mg Tablets
Haldol ® 10mg Tablets / Haloperidol 10mg Tablets
Patient Information Leaflet (continued)
* Elderly people are normally started on half the adult dose
* The amount of Haldol tablets you take will then be adjusted until the doctor
finds the dose that suits you best
Taking Haldol tablets
* Haldol tablets should be taken by mouth
* Swallow the tablets with some water
When to stop taking Haldol tablets
Take the medicine for as long as your doctor has told you. It may be some
time before you feel the full effect of the medicine.
Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, you should stop taking Haldol tablets
gradually. Stopping treatment suddenly may cause effects such as:
* Feeling sick (nausea) or being sick (vomiting)
* Difficulty sleeping
Always follow your doctor’s instructions carefully.
If you take more Haldol tablets than you should
If you take more Haldol tablets than you were told to or if someone else has
taken any Haldol tablets, talk to a doctor or go to the nearest hospital
casualty department straight away.
If you forget to take Haldol tablets
* If you forget to take a dose, take your next dose as usual. Then keep
taking your medicine as your doctor has told you
* Do not take a double dose
If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor
* Feeling sick, being sick
* Difficulty passing water (urine)
Uncommon side effects (affects fewer than 1 in 100 people)
* Sensitivity of skin to sunlight
* Sweating more than usual
* Swelling of the ankles
The following side effects have been reported, however the precise
frequency cannot be identified and therefore how often they occur is classed
* Flaking or peeling of the skin
* Inflamed skin (red, hot to the touch and tender)
* Low body temperature
* In newborn babies of mothers that have used Haldol in the last trimester
(last three months of pregnancy): shaking, muscle stiffness and/or
weakness, sleepiness, agitation, breathing problems, and difficulty in
feeding. If your baby develops any of these symptoms you may need to
contact your doctor
* Abnormal test results for liver function
* Low blood sugar levels (hypoglycaemia)
* Abnormal heart traces (electrocardiogram, ‘ECG’)
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This
includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also
report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at
By reporting side effects, you help provide more information on the safety of
Possible side effects
Like all medicines, Haldol tablets can cause side effects, although not
everybody gets them.
Tell your doctor or nurse straight away if you notice or suspect any of
the following. You may need urgent medical treatment.
* Blood clots in the veins especially in the legs (symptoms include swelling,
pain and redness in the leg), which may travel through blood vessels to
the lungs causing chest pain and difficulty in breathing.
* Sudden swelling of the face or throat. Hives (also known as nettle rash or
urticaria), severe irritation, reddening or blistering of your skin. These may
be signs of a severe allergic reaction. This only happens in a small
number of people
* A serious problem called ‘neuroleptic malignant syndrome’. The signs may
* Fast heart beat, changing blood pressure and sweating followed by
* Faster breathing, muscle stiffness, reduced consciousness and coma
* Raised levels of a protein in your blood (an enzyme called creatine
This can occur in fewer than 1 in 1,000 people
* Your heart may beat abnormally (arrhythmia). An arrhythmia can cause
your heart to stop beating (cardiac arrest). In elderly people with
dementia, a small increase in the number of deaths have been reported
for patients taking neuroleptics compared with those not receiving
neuroleptics. The precise frequency of how often this occurs is not known.
* Jerky movements and problems such as slowness, muscle stiffness,
trembling and feeling restless. More saliva than normal, twitching or
unusual movements of the tongue, face, mouth, jaw or throat, or rolling of
the eyes. If you get any of these effects, you may be given an additional
Tell your doctor or nurse if you notice or suspect any of the following
Feeling agitated or having difficulty sleeping
These can affect more than 1 in 10 people
* Trembling, rigid posture, mask-like face, slow movements and a shuffling,
* Feeling restless, low or depressed or sleepy
* Feeling light headed or dizzy, particularly when standing up
* Symptoms of psychosis such as abnormal thoughts or visions, or hearing
Problems with sight including blurred vision and rapid eye movements
These can occur in fewer than 1 in 10 people
* Liver problems including yellowing of the skin and eyes, pale stools and
dark coloured urine
* Feeling confused
* A fall in the number of white blood cells which can cause frequent
* Fits or seizures (convulsions)
* Difficulty breathing or wheezing
* Hormone changes which may lead to:
* Changes in weight
* Difficulties with sex such as erection problems
* Some men experiencing swelling of their breast or painful and
* Some people losing interest in sex
* Some women having irregular, painful or heavy periods or no
* Some women unexpectedly producing breast milk, having painful
These can occur in fewer than 1 in 100 people
* Being unable to open mouth
This can occur in fewer than 1 in 1000 people
* Bleeding or bruising more easily than normal. This can be caused by a fall
in the number of small blood cells called platelets
* Fluid retention affecting the brain, resulting in weakness, tiredness or
The precise frequency of how often these occur is not known
Other side effects
Common side effects (affects fewer than 1 in 10 people)
* Slow movements
* Dry mouth
How to store Haldol tablets
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date shown on the carton label or
If your doctor tells you to stop taking this medicine, return any unused tablets
to your pharmacist (chemist) for safe disposal.
Only keep this medicine, if your doctor tells you to.
If your tablets become discoloured or show any other signs of deterioration,
consult your pharmacist (chemist) who will tell you what to do.
Storing your Medicine
* KEEP OUT OF THE SIGHT AND REACH OF CHILDREN.
* Do not store above 25°C.
* Do not take your tablets out of the blister strip until it is time to take your
Remember this medicine is for you. Only a doctor can prescribe it. Never
give your medicine to other people. It may harm them, even if their
symptoms are the same as yours.
This leaflet does not tell you everything about your medicine. If you have any
questions or are not sure about anything, ask your doctor or pharmacist
(chemist). He/she will have additional information about this medicine and
will be able to advise you.
What this medicine contains
Each tablet contains either 5mg or 10mg of the active ingredient Haloperidol.
Your medicine also contains the following inactive ingredients:
5mg tablets. Lactose monohydrate, maize starch, talc, hydrogenated
vegetable oil, sucrose, indigo carmine (E132).
10mg tablets. Calcium hydrogen phosphate, maize starch, calcium stearate,
quinoline yellow (E103). talc.
What Haldol tablets looks like and contents of the pack.
The 5mg tablets are round, light blue coloured tablets with ‘JANSSEN’ on
one side and ‘H’ a break line and ‘5’ on the other side.
The 10mg tablets are Yellow, round, biconvex tablets with 'JANSSEN’' on
one side and 'H' above a break line and '10' below the break line.
Both strengths are available in blister strips in packs of 20, 30 and 100.
Manufacturer and Licence Holder
This medicine is manufactured by by Famar ABE, 153 44 Anthousa, Greece
and is procured from within the EU and repackaged by the Product Licence
Holder: Lexon (UK) Limited, Unit 18, Oxleasow Road, East Moons Moat,
Redditch, Worcestershire, B98 0RE.
If you have any questions or are not sure about anything, ask your doctor or
pharmacist. They will have additional information about this medicine and
will be able to advise you.
PL : 15184/0393 Haldol10mg Tablets / Haloperidol 10mg Tablets
PL : 15184/0681 Haldol 5mg Tablets / Haloperidol 5mg Tablets
Haldol is a registered trademark of Janssen-Cilag Ltd.
Revision date: 19/02/14
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