Is Haldol effective for dementia-related delusions?

1 answer | Last updated: Oct 11, 2016
Tomd2000 asked...

My 84 year old dad was prescribed low dose Haldol for his dementia-related delusions (he thinks my Mom is missing when she is there.) Is this appropriate treatment?

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Ladislav Volicer, M.D., Ph.D., is recognized as an international expert on advanced dementia care. He is a courtesy full professor at the School of Aging Studies, University of South Florida, Tampa, and visiting professor at the Third Medical Faculty, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic. Twenty-five years ago, he established one of the first dementia special care units.

Low dose Haldol may be quite helpful in treatment of delusions that upset the patient but may also cause some unwanted effects, e.g., more rigidity and decreased emotions. Another medication that has the same effect on delusions and may have less unwanted effects is Risperdal.