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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-effectsWhat can I do if I experience this?
HeadacheAsk your doctor or pharmacist to recommend a suitable painkiller
Feeling dizzy or sleepy, blurred visionIf this happens, do not drive and do not use tools or machines
Feeling light-headed when you stand upThis can happen particularly when you first start taking this medicine. Getting up more slowly until you are aware how you react should help
Stomach upsetStick to simple meals, avoid rich or spicy foods
Dry mouthTry chewing sugar-free gum or sucking sugar-free sweets
Feeling shaky or restless, unusual or uncontrollable muscle movementsSpeak 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 rashDiscuss 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.