Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2011 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan

Haloperidol

  • John C. Courtney
  • Cristy Akins
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-79948-3_1662

Generic Name

Haloperidol

Brand Name

Haldol

Class

Conventional Antipsychotic

Proposed Mechanism(s) of Action

Blocks dopamine 2 receptors

Indication

Psychotic disorders, Tourette’s syndrome (tics and vocal utterances), severe behavior problems, hyperactivity, schizophrenia

Off Label Use

Bipolar disorder, behavioral disturbances related to dementia

Side Effects

Serious

Agranulocytosis, seizures, leucopenia, neuroleptic malignant syndrome

Common

Akathisia, neuroleptic-induced deficit syndrome, extrapyramidal symptoms, galactorrhea, amenorrhea, dizziness, dry mouth, weight gain, hypotension

References and Readings

  1. Physicians’ Desk Reference (62nd ed.). (2007). Montvale, NJ: Thomson PDR.Google Scholar
  2. Stahl, S. M. (2007). Essential psychopharmacology: The prescriber’s guide (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.Google Scholar

Additional Information

  1. Free Drug Online and PDA Software: www.epocrates.com

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • John C. Courtney
    • 1
  • Cristy Akins
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyChildren's Hospital of New OrleansNew OrleansUSA
  2. 2.Mercy Family CenterMetarieUSA