opinions on haloperidol

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  1. alfjess

    alfjess Registered User

    Jul 10, 2006
    1,213
    south lanarkshire
    Hi Merlin
    I did ask Mum's consultant at the time about the drug to combat the side effects of Haloperidol, But he said that those drugs also have side effects and bring their own problems.

    I think he had written Mum off, as his words were "she doesn't have long"

    Now haloperidol has been discontinued, Mum is back to her "normal" self

    Thanks for your very helpful advice, it meant I could question the professional, with a little bit of knowledge

    Isn't TP great, where else can we find facts so easily?
    Thanks
    Alfjess
     
  2. alfjess

    alfjess Registered User

    Jul 10, 2006
    1,213
    south lanarkshire
    Hi Joanne

    The Doctor who prescribed Mum Haloperidol, wasn't old. He was a consultant Psychiatrist, whom one would think should know better and be up to date.

    Mum was also taking quietiapine and trazadone which kept her calm, but she then got to a stage where she was refusing to take her medication and that was when everything went pear shaped.

    Quietiapine doesn't come in liquid, so her drugs were changed, but thank you for reminding me of both of these drugs which worked for mum, they might be worth trying again, as the anxiety and agitation has now returned.
    I will phone the care home tomorrow as the psychiatrist (a different one) is doing rounds

    thanks
    Alfjess
     
  3. merlin

    merlin Registered User

    Aug 2, 2006
    139
    Surrey
    Haliperidol

    Hi all who responded.

    The more I read threads on the subject of meds the more I suspect that the trick with drug combinations is to get the balance of quantities just right and this seems to be more by good luck than judgement. Education on the subject for GP's seems woefully inadequate but then the whole subject of AD with GP's always goes into the "too difficult" file because there are no medals for finding a cure as at the moment "there ain't one".

    I still have not got a satisfactory answer to what form of dementia my wife has got and that is after 5 years!

    Thanks for the info on some other drug possibilities which I shall file away for future reference if things go pear shaped again.

    Meanwhile I'll leave you with this thought which came through on a recent email and helps me along;

    "Never take life seriously. Nobody gets out of it alive anyway"

    Merlin

    Never
     
  4. Canadian Joanne

    Canadian Joanne Volunteer Moderator

    Apr 8, 2005
    16,193
    Toronto, Canada
    Hi Alfjess,
    You're right - a younger doctor, specialist at that, should definitely know better.

    My mother gets her pills crushed up into applesauce or something like that. Can the home not do that if your mother is refusing her pills? One of the other residents has the crushed pills put into her dessert all the time as she refuses her meds too. We have to work around these sorts of situations.
     
  5. alfjess

    alfjess Registered User

    Jul 10, 2006
    1,213
    south lanarkshire
    Hi Joanne

    When mum refused her meds, she was in residential care and apparently, were not allowed to crush them in food.

    If the resident didn't want to take medication, then the carers couldn't force them.

    It may be different now that mum is in a NHS continuing care home, I think the staff have more license than residential carers.
    I told the unit manager to-day about Quietiapine and Trazodone, she said she would pass it on to the consultant Psychiatrist.

    I am still awaiting feedback, wil keep you all posted

    Thanks
    Alfjess
     

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