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Serenace tablets, High Wycombe, England, 1970-1985

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‘Serenace’ is a brand name for haloperidol. This antipsychotic drug treats disorders such as schizophrenia and acute psychotic states. This bottle contains 50 1.5mg tablets and was made by American manufacturer G. D. Searle and Company. Antipsychotic drugs were introduced in the 1950s. They increase or decrease chemicals in the brain called neurotransmitters which regulate things such as sleep, moods and emotions. Controversially, haloperidol has also been used as a means of interrogation by various regimes worldwide. The US administration uses it to sedate illegal aliens being deported.

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Glossary: psychotropic drug

A term used to describe drugs that affect mood and the mind.

Glossary: drug

Any animal, vegetable, or mineral substance used in the composition of medicines. They affect the structure or function of a living organism.

Glossary: tablet

Also known as a pill, it is made by compressing a powdered form of one or more drugs. It is usually taken by mouth, but may be inserted into a different body cavity.