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What counselling advice can you give a patient prescribed haloperidol?

What counselling advice can you give a patient prescribed haloperidol?

Mr Graham, 55, a regular customer, comes into your pharmacy. He asks to speak to you in private and explains that he’s been prescribed a new medicine recently following a stressful period of troublesome symptoms in the past few months. The medicine had been prescribed by a specialist and is now being continued by his GP. 

He explains that he had been having strange thoughts and hallucinations and was referred for a psychiatric assessment. He has been prescribed haloperidol to help manage these symptoms. He explains that he is quite worried at the moment and is anxious about taking medicines in general. He asks for you to provide some information about this medicine.

What advice should you give him?

What is haloperidol?

Haloperidol is a first-generation anti-psychotic (‘typical’

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