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MINDY KIM-MILLER, MD, PhD
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I want to know if Haldol helps a lot to a person with Alzheimer’s. My father’s doctor stopped the medications he used to take (Seroquel,Namenda & Aricept) and put him in Haldol. Is this a good move? The reason why they put him on this med is that he is getting violent…looking for his millions of money and telling me that I am the thief. Now I feel scared all the time every time I am with him. Do you think combining all those medications will help? Please help me.
Haldol is an antipsychotic medication, which is indicated for use in the treatment of schizophrenia. It is also used to control psychotic behavior, so is sometimes referred to as a “chemical restraint.”
In patients with dementia, evidence suggests that it is useful in reducing aggression, but not other agitation behaviors, such as wandering and crying out. Haldol is a popular drug because of its high potency and relative safety in high dosages, and because it causes fewer side effects than most other antipsychotics. However, it does have adverse side effects, and long-term use of major tranquilizers for psychotic behavior is of unproven and unclear benefit. Additionally, elderly patients with dementia-related psychosis, who are treated with antipsychotic drugs, are at an increased risk of death. So Haldol is not approved for the treatment of patients with dementia-related psychosis.
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