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HALOPERIDOL IN THE PSYCHIATRIC DISORDERS OF OLD AGE
A. ARTHUR SUGERMAN; BENJAMIN H. WILLIAMS; ARTHUR M. ADLERSTEIN
Am J Psychiatry 1964;120:1190-1192.
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Chief, Section of Investigative Psychiatry, New Jersey Bureau of Research in Neurology and Psychiatry, Box 1000, Princeton, N. J.

Senior Physician, Clinical Psychiatry, Ancora State Hospital, Hammonton, N. J.

Chief, Bureau of Social Research, Trenton, N. J.

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The effects of haloperidol in the management of elderly patients with chronic brain syndrome with cerebral arteriosclerosis or senile brain disease were investigated in an initial open phase (6 patients) and a subsequent randomized double-blind placebo-controlled phase (18 patients). Haloperidol appears to be an effective compound in patients who are agitated, overactive and hostile. Side effects include sedation and extrapyramidal symptoms. The dose level should be considerably lower than that generally used in schizophrenic patients and should probably not exceed 4 mg. daily. Maintenance doses of about 1 mg. daily appear adequate in most cases. Hypotension was not a complication and no untoward effects on liver function or bone marrow were noted.

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