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'''Haloperidol, '''usually referred to by its trade name '''Haldol(TM) '''is a potent anti-psychotic medication.  It is used in the treatment of [[psychosis]], [[schizophrenia]], [[mania]], [[delerium]], [[ADHD|hyperactivity]], aggression and [[hallucinations]].  It is usually introduced by injection rather than being taken orally.  It works by blocking certain [[dopamine]] receptors in the brain.  It is very useful in treating [[psychiatry|psychiatric]] emergencies although long lasting forms of the drug can also be used for long-term treatment of certain types of [[mental illness]].  
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'''Haloperidol, '''usually referred to by its trade name '''Haldol(TM) '''is a potent anti-psychotic medication.  It is used in the treatment of [[psychosis]], [[schizophrenia]], [[mania]], [[delerium]], [[hyperactivity]], aggression and [[hallucinations]].  It is usually introduced by injection rather than being taken orally.  It works by blocking certain [[dopamine]] receptors in the brain.  It is very useful in treating [[psychiatry|psychiatric]] emergencies although long lasting forms of the drug can also be used for long-term treatment of certain types of [[mental illness]].  
   
 
Haldol should not be used on patients in a [[coma]] or those suffering from a [[stroke]].  It is also contraindicated for patients with heart problems, or those who suffer from [[seizures]].  It can have mild to severe side effects, such as dry mouth, dystonia, Extrapyramidal side effects, lethargy, [[muscle]] stiffness and cramping, restlessness, and tremors.  One of the major side effects of long-term use is weight gain.  More serious, but rarer, side effects are facial disfiguration and severe muscle [[spasm]]s.  
 
Haldol should not be used on patients in a [[coma]] or those suffering from a [[stroke]].  It is also contraindicated for patients with heart problems, or those who suffer from [[seizures]].  It can have mild to severe side effects, such as dry mouth, dystonia, Extrapyramidal side effects, lethargy, [[muscle]] stiffness and cramping, restlessness, and tremors.  One of the major side effects of long-term use is weight gain.  More serious, but rarer, side effects are facial disfiguration and severe muscle [[spasm]]s.  

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