Torsades de Pointes Associated With Intravenous Haloperidol in Critically Ill Patients

ArticleinThe American Journal of Cardiology 81(2):238-40 · January 1998with5 Reads
DOI: 10.1016/S0002-9149(97)00888-6 · Source: PubMed
In this retrospective case-control study, 8 of 223 consecutive patients (3.6%) treated with intravenous haloperidol developed torsades de pointes, and were compared with 41 patients randomly selected as controls. The likelihood of torsades de pointes associated with intravenous haloperidol is significantly greater in patients receiving > or = 35 mg over 24 hours or in those with a QTc interval of >500 ms, or both.
    • "Case report results and a systematic analysis of the literature have shown that haloperidol can cause QT prolongation and TdP (Hanks et al., 2004; Glassman and Bigger, 2001). These events were observed with both oral and intravenous formulations at doses considered therapeutic (Perrault et al., 2000; Kriwisky et al., 1990), in both psychiatric and non-psychiatric patients (Glassman and Bigger, 2001; Sharma et al., 1998). Among the molecular mechanisms suggested to explain the effects of haloperidol on the heart is the blockade of K+ channels that are responsible for the repolarizing current IKR (inward rectifier ) of cardiac monophasic action potential (Hanks et al., 2004; Metzger and Friedman, 1993 ). "
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    • "Haloperidol has a number of potential side effects namely akathesia, extrapyramidal symptoms, neuroleptic malignant syndrome, and cardiac arrhythmias.[15] The risk of developing Torsades de Pointes is increased in patients receiving doses of 35 mg/d or higher.[16] Haloperidol at doses 1-2 mg showed no significant effect of QT interval.[1718] "
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    • "Potential side effects of haloperidol include extra pyramidal symptoms, drowsiness, agitation, and ventricular arrhythmias. The latter are extremely rare (only case-reports are published22232425) and dose dependent. With the haloperidol dosage that will be used in the present study (3x1 mg or 3x2 mg intravenously daily), no relevant side effects are expected, regardless of underlying condition, organ dysfunction, and concomitant medication. "
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