Healthdirect Free Australian health advice you can count on.

Medical problem? Call 1800 022 222. If you need urgent medical help, call triple zero immediately

healthdirect Australia is a free service where you can talk to a nurse or doctor who can help you know what to do.

beginning of content

Brand name: Serenace TM

Active ingredients: haloperidol

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has a recall notice on this product.

Serenace (haloperidol) 0.5mg tablet bottle

Batch number: BJ431
ARTG Number: 10259

Further information on this recall can be found at http://apps.tga.gov.au/PROD/SARA/arn-detail.aspx?k=RC-2012-RN-00968-1

What it is used for

Chronic Therapy: The management of manifestations of psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia, psychosis due to organic brain damage or mental deficiency, senile psychosis, the manic phase of manic depressive illness, Gilles de la Tourette syndrome. Short Term Therapy: The treatment of acute alcoholism for the relief of delusions, hallucinations and confused states, and for the control of accompanying tremulousness and aggressive behaviour. In the treatment of intractable nausea and vomiting associated with radiation or malignancy and not responding to other therapy. Neuroleptanalgesia

How to take it

The way to take this medicine is: Oral. This medicine is taken by mouth.

  • Store below 30 degrees Celsius
  • Shelf lifetime is 2 Years.

You should seek medical advice in relation to medicines and use only as directed by a healthcare professional.

Always read the label. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.

Visual appearance

Round green compressed tablets (6.35mm diameter). Plain on one side and scored on the other side

Images are the copyright of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia

Food interactions

For the active ingredient haloperidol

  • Take with food to reduce irritation, limit caffeine intake. Avoid alcohol.

Do I need a prescription?

This medicine is available from a pharmacist and requires a prescription. It is Schedule 4 : Prescription Only Medicine.

Is this medicine subsidised?

This medicine was verified as being available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) on April 1, 2019. To learn more about this subsidy, visit the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) website.

Over 65?

This medicine contains the active ingredients:

If you are over 65 years of age, there may be specific risks and recommendations for use of this medicine. Please discuss your individual circumstances with your pharmacist, doctor or health professional. For more information read our page on medication safety for older people.

Pregnant or planning a pregnancy?

For the active ingredient haloperidol

You should seek advice from your doctor or pharmacist about taking this medicine. They can help you balance the risks and the benefits of this medicine during pregnancy.

Download leaflet

For side effects, taking other medicines and more

Download consumer medicine information leaflet (pdf) from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) website

Reporting side effects

You can help ensure medicines are safe by reporting the side effects you experience.

You can report side effects to your doctor, or directly at www.tga.gov.au/reporting-problems

Back to top back to top

Need more information?

These trusted information partners have more on this topic.

Healthdirect 24hr 7 days a week hotline

24 hour health advice you can count on

1800 022 222

Government Accredited with over 140 information partners

We are a government-funded service, providing quality, approved health information and advice

Australian Government, health department logo ACT Government logo New South Wales government, health department logo Northen Territory Government logo Government of South Australia, health department logo Tasmanian government logo Government of Western Australia, health department logo