Benefits of Haldol
Haldol® (haloperidol) is a medication often prescribed for the treatment of psychotic disorders, such as schizophrenia. However, there are many other uses for Haldol. The medicine can also be used to treat:
- Tics (including vocal tics) associated with Tourette syndrome
- Severe behavior problems in children
- Severe attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children (for short-term use only).
Haldol belongs to a group of medications called "typical" or (first-generation) antipsychotic medications. It is not entirely known how the drug works. However, it is known that Haldol blocks or lessens the effects of dopamine, a chemical in the brain. Dopamine may be elevated in people with schizophrenia or other psychotic or behavior disorders.
Haldol is not a cure for schizophrenia or other psychotic or behavior disorders. It only helps to control symptoms (see Symptoms of Schizophrenia, Tourette Syndrome Symptoms, or ADHD Symptoms).
(Click Haldol for more details about Haldol's benefits, to find out when and how to take this drug, and to learn about the side effects associated with this medication.)