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Haldol® (haloperidol) is an older medication that belongs to a class of drugs known as typical antipsychotics. Although this medicine has been around for a while, many people still have not heard of it and may wonder, "What does it do?"
Haldol is often prescribed for the treatment of psychotic disorders, such as schizophrenia, delusional disorder, or schizoaffective disorder. Although it is not a cure for these mental illnesses, the drug can help improve symptoms.
The antipsychotic medicine is also approved to treat tics associated with Tourette syndrome, as well as severe behavior problems and severe attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children. Haldol is approved for use in children as young as three years old but should be used in children only after other forms of treatment (including therapy and other medications) have failed.
(Click Haldol Uses for more information on what this product does, to learn about Haldol's possible off-label uses, and to find out how the medication works.)
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