Haloperidol is an antipsychotic medication that is prescribed to schizophrenic patients. This medication changes the chemical makeup of the brain in order to eliminate hallucinations, delusions, disorganized thinking and other troublesome symptoms associated with schizophrenia.
This medication should not be prescribed to patients who suffer from age-related psychotic dementia. Elderly people who take this medication are more likely to die of a fatal disease–usually a heart attack or pneumonia–than elderly people who do not take antipsychotic drugs.
This medication causes physical dependence. Sudden withdrawal can cause heart attacks, seizures and high blood pressure as well as a return to the original symptoms it was prescribed for.