Haloperidol is a typical butyrophenone type antipsychotic that exhibits high affinity dopamine D 2 receptor antagonism and slow receptor dissociation kinetics.  It has effects similar to the phenothiazines .  The drug binds preferentially to D 2 and α 1 receptors at low dose (ED 50 = and mg/kg, respectively), and 5-HT 2 receptors at a higher dose (ED 50 = mg/kg). Given that antagonism of D 2 receptors is more beneficial on the positive symptoms of schizophrenia and antagonism of 5-HT 2 receptors on the negative symptoms, this characteristic underlies haloperidol's greater effect on delusions, hallucinations and other manifestations of psychosis.  Haloperidol's negligible affinity for histamine H 1 receptors and muscarinic M 1 acetylcholine receptors yields an antipsychotic with a lower incidence of sedation, weight gain, and orthostatic hypotension though having higher rates of treatment emergent extrapyramidal symptoms .
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CNS depression potentiated with alcohol, other CNS depressants. Possible neurotoxicity with lithium: monitor, discontinue if occurs. Caution with drugs that prolong the QT interval (eg, ketoconazole, paroxetine). May be potentiated by CYP3A4 or CYP2D6 inhibitors/substrates (eg, itraconazole, nefazodone, buspirone, venlafaxine, alprazolam, fluvoxamine, quinidine, fluoxetine, sertraline, chlorpromazine, promethazine. May be antagonized by CYP3A4 inducers (eg, rifampin, carbamazepine); monitor and adjust doses. May increase intraocular pressure with anticholinergics, antiparkinson agents. Monitor anticoagulants.