Unconditional love


Registered User
Mar 14, 2008
Hello everyone

i found this forum while looking for information about medication, and found it immediately and more besides!

Mum started showing symptons almost 1 year ago, and was diagnosed with AD in october. She also had asthma, which has degenerated into
emphasema, and has had osteoperosis for the past 10years. It's hard for Dad to get his head round it, and even harder for him to accept help (stubborn old s*d), but that's Dad! He's not well himself, and he's suffering lack of sleep coz Mum wakes his asking for tablets, or has she had her tablets, or have they got enough tablets for the weekend, - i'm sure you know what i mean?!!!

Anyhow, a client of mine is a carer in a nursing home, and gave me the 'heads up' on halodoporol with horror stories about the side effects. Well, today we had a meeting with our care manager, and she suggested we discuss a calmer at memory clinic, and she mentioned halodoporol. that started the alarm bells ringing, so i googled it and it lead me here. Hoorah!!!!! I've found a place where i won't have to talk in codes, or guard the words i use for fear that what i say will be misconstruded in some way. But i digress ....... Halodoporol. is it as bad as i've heard? What are the alternatives, if any?

I know i'll be a regular to this site now, and my love goes out to everyone living with and beside this soul stealing illness. X

Grannie G

Volunteer Moderator
Apr 3, 2006
Hello mbq,

Sorry I am unable to discuss halodoporol. I have only heard of it but have no personal experience of it. I`m sure there will soon be several people who will be able to tell you of their experiences.

I just want to welcome you to Talking Point [TP]. It isn`t a place any of us would choose to be, but as we are all affected by dementia, it`s the best place under the circumstances.

It`s good to know you intend to be a regular on this site. You will get a lot of support from people who will understand your situation and you will definitely not have to talk in code.

Take care xx


Registered User
Mar 6, 2007
Wigan, Lancs
Hi mbq,

I'm sorry I have no experience of it either, but as my Dad (diagnosed December 2006) has a tendency to become agitated/violent the time may come when we are guided in that direction.

Before I found TP I would just have been guided by the professionals, some of whom through no fault of their own, do not have the day to day experience of dealing with dementia that the many and varied members of the TP family have. Now I know that there is very often another side of the coin that needs to be considered.

I'm sure that others will be along soon with personal experience, but in the meantime try using the search facilty in one of the green bands at the top.

This is a recent thread which may help.


Oh and welcome to TP. :)


Registered User
Jan 1, 2007
Newcastle upon Tyne
My Dad was put on Haloperidol and Lorazepam a few weeks back because of his aggressive behaviour - he was hitting other residents and staff. (He was already on Citalopram - an antidepressant which has taken since he was first diagnosed with AD because he used to be very anxious and stressed.)

The Haloperidol and Lorazepam calmed him considerably - there was no way the staff could have coped with him as he was. I am aware there could be side effects but as far as I can tell he seems OK - well as OK as he is ever going to be. I am told that they will be gradually withdrawn to see if he remains calm without them.

He was in such mental torment before they were prescribed - he thought he was in a concentration camp and wanted me to get him a gun, and he thought other people were trying to kill him. This made him exhausted - dripping with sweat, and I saw dried tears on his face - he became a raging person I had never seen before. At least with these two drugs he got some sort of calm.

Of course every case is different - this is just my Dad's experience - and as ever, who knows how he will be tomorrow?


Registered User
Feb 17, 2006
mum wakes his asking for tablets, or has she had her tablets, or have they got enough tablets for the weekend, - i'm sure you know what i mean?!!!
Yes I do know what you mean my mother use to worry a lot about her medication a lot. My mother would also wake me in the middle of the night say " where my breakfast " that stage lasted about a good while , was glad when it passed .

My mother never taken Halodoporol . Is your mother showing aggressive behaviour also ?

Canadian Joanne

Volunteer Moderator
Apr 8, 2005
Toronto, Canada
Hi mqb,
My mother was put on Haloperidol and it was not good. It turned her into a zombie.

It is an older drug - there are many more now available. I suggest you read up on the various drugs & their side effects and - very important too - their interactions with other drugs.

How about telling them you would prefer a newer drug that doesn't have so many side effects? It will shake them up when they realize you know a fair bit about the drugs. I suspect they like to use it because a) it's been around a long time and b) because it's been around a long time, it's cheaper. Yes, I am a bit cynical but it's needed sometimes.

If I were you, I would inform myself and then veto it. But that's just my opinion, based on my experience with my mother. Talk to a pharmacist (chemist?) if you can. They are far more knowledgable about drugs.

Good luck.