Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. Tell your doctor if you have any unusual problems while you are taking this medication.
If you experience a serious side effect, you or your doctor may send a report to the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Med Watch Adverse Event Reporting program online ( Watch) or by phone (1-800-332-1088).
Inhalation sedation is also sometimes referred to as relative analgesia.
It works by decreasing abnormal excitement in the brain.
Haloperidol comes as a tablet and concentrated liquid to take by mouth. Take haloperidol at around the same times every day.
Haloperidol is not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of behavior problems in older adults with dementia.
Talk to the doctor who prescribed this medication if you, a family member, or someone you care for has dementia and is taking haloperidol.
For more information, visit the FDA website: Haloperidol is used to treat psychotic disorders (conditions that cause difficulty telling the difference between things or ideas that are real and things or ideas that are not real).
Haloperidol is also used to control motor tics (uncontrollable need to repeat certain body movements) and verbal tics (uncontrollable need to repeat sounds or words) in adults and children who have Tourette's disorder (condition characterized by motor or verbal tics).
Sedation scales are used in medical situations in conjunction with a medical history in assessing the applicable degree of sedation in patients in order to avoid under-sedation (the patient risks experiencing pain or distress) and over-sedation (the patient risks side effects such as suppression of breathing, which might lead to death).
Typically, levels are (i) agitation, (ii) calm, (iii) responsive to voice alone, (iv) responsive to tactile stimulation, (v) responsive to painful stimulation only, and (vi) unresponsive to painful stimulation.
The American Society of Anesthesiologists defines the continuum of sedation as follows: In the United Kingdom, deep sedation is considered to be a part of the spectrum of general anesthesia, as opposed to conscious sedation.
Prior to any oral sedation methods being used on a patient, screening must be done to identify possible health concerns.
Sedation is typically used in minor surgical procedures such as endoscopy, vasectomy, or dentistry and for reconstructive surgery, some cosmetic surgeries, removal of wisdom teeth, or for high-anxiety patients.