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Nursing facilities need sufficient numbers of professional nurses and paraprofessional nursing staff who know the residents individually as people; recognize and understand the significance of changes in residents’ conditions; attempt to determine whether residents are communicating problems through their behavior when they do not have words to say what is wrong; and respond appropriately to these problems, rather than call for antipsychotic drugs.  Considerable research documents that residents with dementia are insufficiently treated for pain. [6]   Antipsychotic drugs should not be used as an alternative to needed pain medication.

The influence of renal impairment on the pharmacokinetics of haloperidol has not been evaluated. About one-third of a haloperidol dose is excreted in urine, mostly as metabolites. Less than 3% of administered haloperidol is eliminated unchanged in the urine. Haloperidol metabolites are not considered to make a significant contribution to its activity, although for the reduced metabolite of haloperidol, back-conversion to haloperidol cannot be fully ruled out. Even though impairment of renal function is not expected to affect haloperidol elimination to a clinically relevant extent, caution is advised in patients with renal impairment, and especially those with severe impairment, due to the long half-life of haloperidol and its reduced metabolite, and the possibility of accumulation (see section ).

Anticonvulsant agents typically are used when psychotic behaviors result in aggressive behavior. Increasing evidence supports the use of divalproex (Depakote) or carbamazepine (Tegretol). These drugs are recommended as second-line agents in patients with inadequate response to antipsychotic agents. Multiple small, relatively short-term trials 16 , 17 have proven anticonvulsants to be effective and well-tolerated. In practice, however, side effects, drug interaction, and a narrow therapeutic window may limit the use of carbamazepine. Data suggest that patients taking divalproex have continued symptomatic improvement on a stable dosage over time, although this effect may reflect the natural history of behavior disorders. Sedation is a common side effect of these agents and may limit their use. Most of the data on gabapentin (Neurontin) has been anecdotal.

Very common (10% or more): Extrapyramidal disorder (up to 34%), hyperkinesia (up to 13%), headache (up to 12%)
Common (1% to 10%): Tardive dyskinesia, dystonia, dyskinesia, akathisia, bradykinesia, hypertonia, somnolence, masked facies, tremor, dizziness, parkinsonism/parkinsonian effects
Uncommon (% to 1%): Convulsion, akinesia, cogwheel rigidity, sedation, involuntary muscle contractions, gait disturbance, persistent tardive dyskinesia
Rare (% to %): Motor dysfunction, neuroleptic malignant syndrome, nystagmus
Frequency not reported: Drowsiness, epileptic/grand mal seizure, vertigo, lethargy
Postmarketing reports: Opisthotonos [ Ref ]

An assessment for an underlying cause of behavior is needed before prescribing antipsychotic medication for symptoms of dementia . [32] Antipsychotics in old age dementia showed a modest benefit compared to placebo in managing aggression or psychosis, but this is combined with a fairly large increase in serious adverse events. Thus, antipsychotics should not be used routinely to treat dementia with aggression or psychosis, but may be an option in a few cases where there is severe distress or risk of physical harm to others. [33] Psychosocial interventions may reduce the need for antipsychotics. [34]

Haldol im frequency

haldol im frequency

Very common (10% or more): Extrapyramidal disorder (up to 34%), hyperkinesia (up to 13%), headache (up to 12%)
Common (1% to 10%): Tardive dyskinesia, dystonia, dyskinesia, akathisia, bradykinesia, hypertonia, somnolence, masked facies, tremor, dizziness, parkinsonism/parkinsonian effects
Uncommon (% to 1%): Convulsion, akinesia, cogwheel rigidity, sedation, involuntary muscle contractions, gait disturbance, persistent tardive dyskinesia
Rare (% to %): Motor dysfunction, neuroleptic malignant syndrome, nystagmus
Frequency not reported: Drowsiness, epileptic/grand mal seizure, vertigo, lethargy
Postmarketing reports: Opisthotonos [ Ref ]

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