Can haloperidol cause problems?
Along with their useful effects, most medicines can cause unwanted side-effects although not everyone experiences them. These usually improve as your body adjusts to the new medicine, but speak with your doctor or pharmacist if any of the following side-effects continue or become troublesome.
|Common haloperidol side-effects||What can I do if I experience this?|
|Headache||Ask your doctor or pharmacist to recommend a suitable painkiller|
|Feeling dizzy or sleepy, blurred vision||If this happens, do not drive and do not use tools or machines|
|Feeling light-headed when you stand up||This can happen particularly when you first start taking this medicine. Getting up more slowly until you are aware how you react should help|
|Stomach upset||Stick to simple meals, avoid rich or spicy foods|
|Dry mouth||Try chewing sugar-free gum or sucking sugar-free sweets|
|Feeling shaky or restless, unusual or uncontrollable muscle movements||Speak with your doctor as soon as possible about any of these. Your treatment may need adjusting|
|Changes in weight, difficulty sleeping, mood changes, stuffy nose, changes in sexual ability, breast enlargement, production of breast milk, menstrual problems, fast heartbeat, constipation, difficulty passing urine, skin rash||Discuss these with your doctor if any become troublesome|
Important: if you experience any 'flu-like' symptoms including muscle stiffness, a very high temperature, confusion, a fast heartbeat, and sweating, you must contact your doctor immediately. These may be signs of a rare but serious condition known as neuroleptic malignant syndrome.
If you experience any other symptoms which you think may be due to this medicine, speak with your doctor or pharmacist.