What is Serenace (Haloperidol) used for?
Serenace (Haloperidol) is an oral antipsychotic prescribed to treat patients suffering from schizophrenia or paranoid psychoses. The medication balances levels of naturally occurring chemicals in the brain to prevent symptoms such as delusions, disorganized thinking, irritability, or hallucinations. This action may also make it useful for treating manic episodes, muscle tics, agitation, Tourette's syndrome, or chronic hiccups. Your physician may prescribe it to treat other conditions that are not listed, as well.
How should I use Serenace (Haloperidol)?
One tablet of Serenace (Haloperidol) is normally taken once daily, but your individual treatment will depend on the condition being treated and the severity of your symptoms. These doses should be swallowed whole with a large glass of water and may be taken with or without food, but a meal or snack is recommended prior to use if you experience nausea. Never crush, chew, or split the tablets before use to avoid destroying or altering the effects of their contents. Ask your pharmacist or physician any questions you have to ensure the correct administration.
What are the side effects of Serenace (Haloperidol)?
Side effects associated with the use of Serenace (Haloperidol) include:
Serious side effects that may occur and require medical attention are sensitive skin, angina, unusual mood changes, dizziness, tremors, seizures, stiff muscles, or jaundice. Inform your physician as soon as possible if any symptoms become intense or worrying to you to make sure the correct adjustments are made to your dosage to prevent further complications from occurring.
Serenace (Haloperidol) should not be used to treat patients with Parkinson's disease, heart problems, low potassium levels in the blood, heart rhythm disorders, comatose states, or those with a disorder affecting the part of the brain associated with movement. You should also disclose if you have depression, epilepsy, dementia, heart disease, a history of alcoholism, withdrawal from alcoholism, malnutrition, thyroid problems, or adrenal gland problems as these conditions may cause unexpected problems requiring reduced dosages.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Serenace (Haloperidol). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.