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I've never gotten one myself before. I have gotten a Cogentin shot before due to a dystonic reaction from an atypical antipsychotic, and there was no pain.

But. I've seen someone get a Haldol injection, though.

Over a year ago, I had to go to the ER due to a bad bipolar Mixed Episode. Not long after I arrived, I saw a man in a room. He was a bit agitated and shouting names at the nurses, so security came and a nurse gave him a Haldol injection, and he calmed down for about 15 min. He looked a bit sedated and zombified and drooly. Then later he got agitated and crazy again. The person was in the ER for what appeared to be Dysphoric Mania. He also may have overdosed on some drugs, too. When I got into the psychiatric holding area in the local hospital, I saw some patients get Thorazine injections due to agitation and other wild stuff. They usually went to sleep later after the injections.

One time, in the hospital, though, a nurse offered me a choice of a Haldol tablet or Ativan because I was a bit anxious and agitated, but I took the Ativan instead, and I felt calmer in 1/2 hour. I heard Haldol caused a bit of inner restlessness and Akathisia, so I opted with the Ativan.

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The short term injection that is used to sedate agitated patients in the ER is different than the Haldol depot.  The latter is the intramuscular injection that can last a month.  I haven't tried it, but I am considering it having taken Haldol orally in the past with good results.  I had annoying akathesia and I wondered if the shot might reduce it some.  The dosage is less than the oral dosage.  If I try out and it doesn't work I am stuck with it for some time.

Katie ;)

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The short term injection that is used to sedate agitated patients in the ER is different than the Haldol depot.  The latter is the intramuscular injection that can last a month.  I haven't tried it, but I am considering it having taken Haldol orally in the past with good results.  I had annoying akathesia and I wondered if the shot might reduce it some.  The dosage is less than the oral dosage.  If I try out and it doesn't work I am stuck with it for some time.

Katie ;)

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Different enough not to cause dangerous hypotension?

(Guess who's still aggro about getting certified a coupla weeks ago?)

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