What is Haloperidol?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Haldol

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Haloperidol is used to treat psychotic disorders and symptoms such as hallucinations, delusions, and hostility and to control muscular tics of the face, neck, hands, and shoulders.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Schizophrenia 26 19
Agitation 24 16
Schizoaffective disorder 13 7
Hallucinations 9 4
Bipolar I disorder 7 5
Mood swings 7 5

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 18
Moderate 15
Mild 13
None 21

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Haloperidol

Side effect Patients
Drowsiness 7
Tardive dyskinesia 6
Tremor(s) 3
Jerky movements 2
Restlessness (akathisia) 2
Agitation 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Haloperidol

Dosage Patients
5 mg daily 3
10 mg daily 3
1 g monthly 1
2 mg daily 1
4 mg twice daily 1
10 mg twice daily 1
4 0.5mg as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Haloperidol

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 40
Doctor's advice 26
Did not seem to work 19
Course of treatment ended 13
Other 13
Personal research 4
Change in health plan coverage 2
Expense 2
See all 81 patients who've stopped taking Haloperidol

Duration

Currently taking Haloperidol

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 2
2 - 5 years 4
5 - 10 years 3
10 years or more 1

Stopped taking Haloperidol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 27
1 - 6 months 15
6 months - 1 year 9
1 - 2 years 8
2 - 5 years 13
5 - 10 years 7
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 51
Usually 9
Sometimes 5
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 7
Somewhat hard to take 8
A little hard to take 13
Not at all hard to take 39
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 0
< $25 25
Not specified 41

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Haloperidol after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 2
Lurasidone (Latuda) 2
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 1
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 1
Eszopiclone (Lunesta) 1

Show all 11 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Haloperidol and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Paliperidone (Invega) 4
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 3
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 3
Olanzapine (Zyprexa) 2
Ziprasidone (Geodon) 2

Show all 21 treatments patients report switching to

Last updated:

8 patient evaluations for Haloperidol

Apr 12, 1999 (Started May 12, 1996)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for mood swings)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for hallucinations)
  • Side effects
    Severe (drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Daily
Side effects: drowsiness

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Feb 11, 2010 (Started Jan 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: This medication is very effective in controlling episodes of mania

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Jun 10, 1999 (Started Mar 10, 1999)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Tourette syndrome)
  • Side effects
    Severe (problems with focusing eyes)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 0.5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: made my eyes roll up
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: problems with focusing eyes

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