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Haloperidol

Author: Dana Bartlett, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI
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CE: 2.5 hours Pharmacology: 2.5 hours
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Course Summary

Haloperidol is an antipsychotic that has been used for multiple conditions, including treatment of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, substance use withdrawal and Tourette’s syndrome. Some of the primary symptoms treated with haloperidol include agitation, psychosis, mania, hallucinations and delirium. Haloperidol is referred to as a first-generation or typical antipsychotic thought to inhibit the neurotransmitter dopamine that plays a role in psychotic symptoms. When an antipsychotic drug such as haloperidol binds with dopamine receptors the primary symptoms of psychosis are reduced. Specific treatment for psychosis will depend on the underlying cause and aim at keeping the patient safe until a definitive diagnosis can be made.

Course Format

Homestudy

Course Syllabus

I.              Introduction

II.           Pharmacological Profile

1.        Category

2.        Mechanism of Action

3.        Labeled Uses

4.        Off-Label Uses

5.        Dosing

6.        Dosing Adjustment

a.   Geriatric Patients

b.   Hepatic Impairment

c.    Renal Impairment

7.        Available Forms

8.        US Boxed Warning

9.        Contraindications

10.    Adverse Effects

11.    Warnings and Precautions

12.    Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

13.    Administration

III.        Clinical Pearls: Haloperidol

IV.         Haloperidol Overdose

1.        Case Study

2.        Ethical Challenges

3.        Assessing Decision-Making Capacity

V.            Summary

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