The measurement of haloperidol is used for the periodic monitoring of therapeutic levels in patients treated with haloperidol as well as for the investigation of toxicity or overdose of the drug.
Haloperidine is a drug that belongs to the butyrophenone group and acts as an antipsychotic, sedative, and antiemetic. Suppresses the central nervous system and inhibits catecholamines. Haloperidol is used in stimulants, schizophrenia, and the manic phase of manic-depressive psychosis, and to manage vocal tics in Gilles de la Tourette syndrome (Tourette). It is absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract, concentrated in the liver, and excreted in the urine and bile. The half-life of haloperidol is 15 to 40 hours.
Symptoms of haloperidol overdose may include hypotension, respiratory depression severe enough to cause shock, severe extrapyramidal neuromuscular reactions (dystonia, increased reflexes), rhabdomyolysis with hypertension as part of the malignant neurodegenerative syndrome.
Laboratory test results are the most important parameter for the diagnosis and monitoring of all pathological conditions. 70%-80% of diagnostic decisions are based on laboratory tests. The correct interpretation of laboratory results allows a doctor to distinguish "healthy" from "diseased".
Laboratory test results should not be interpreted from the numerical result of a single analysis. Test results should be interpreted in relation to each individual case and family history, clinical findings, and the results of other laboratory tests and information. Your personal physician should explain the importance of your test results.
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