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Update on Haloperidol / Halodol and PD

Posted Jun 17 2010 5:09pm

I received this today from a gal named Jennifer, who wrote in response to the article I posted a week or so ago regarding taking the drug Halodol/Haloperidol if you have Parkinson’s disease. If you missed it, you can read about it here . Otherwise, here is some more information in regards to contraindicators in Parkinson’s disease. Thanks Jennifer, for the great information.

Hi-

I am an RN and I have had PD for 5 years.

It is unfortunate how misinformed and uneducated many healthcare professionals are regarding PD. Steps are being taken to improve this by developing continuing education for nurses.

It is so important that we as patients and caregivers arm ourselves with as much knowledge as possible because we are often the ones who must educate the staff who are caring for us or our loved ones.

It is important to note that while Haldol is contraindicated for PD so are many other antipsychotics as well as other commonly used medications. Below is a list of drugs contraindicated in PD. It is by no means a comprehensive list but the best one I have found online. It is from the pdasd.org website (PD Assoc of San Diego). APDA also has a nice pamphlet which also includes other drugs that interact with PD meds. Please obtain a copy from APDA or other PD organization or print this list and carry it with you.

ANTI-PSYCHOTIC
Haldol
Trilafon
Thorazine
Stelazine
Prolixin, Permitil
Navane
Mellaril (High-Dosage)
Loxitane

ANTI-DEPRESSANTS
Triavil Combination of Perphenazine & Amitriptyline
Ascendin
*Nardil
*Parnate

ANIT-VOMITING
Compazine
Reglan
Torecan

BLOOD PRESSURE; POST-OPPERATION
Serpasil
Raudixin
Rauverid
Wolfina
Harmony-1
Moderil
Rauwiloid

NARCOTIC/ANALGESIC
*Demerol

OTHER MEDICATIONS
Aldomet
Dilantin
Lithium
BuSpar

*Eldepryl should never be taken with Demerol or any other opiod, MAI, or elective
serotonin reuptake inhibitor such as Zoloft, Paxil, Prozac, or tricyclic antidepressants.

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