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User Reviews for Haloperidol to treat Psychosis

Also known as: Haldol, Haldol Decanoate

Haloperidol has an average rating of 5.9 out of 10 from a total of 59 ratings for the treatment of Psychosis. 46% of reviewers reported a positive effect, while 34% reported a negative effect.

Haloperidol Rating Summary

5.9/10 average rating

59 ratings from 63 user reviews.

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Reviews for Haloperidol

mikeyst22 April 22, 2021

Haldol (haloperidol): “Worst drug by far. I ended in the Hospital, in 2016 with a dystonic reaction maybe its good for other people but not for me. Yes I have got Bipolar Disorder, just my opinion this drug should be off the market and fast”

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Baty · Taken for less than 1 month June 10, 2020

“My son had a mental health crisis and was taken to the mental hospital. He was talking about aliens and the devil, he removed his clothes because he was saying that was no more people on the whole word, only us my husband and my daughter. When he was in the hospital they put him on haloperidol and he tried suicide. He was there for 14 days he returned home and was only for 2 days and he try to suicide again, after a week he is home again but he can't sleep and looks like a zombie. I will talk to his doctor tomorrow and ask him to suspend this medication reading all the bad reviews and seeing my son like this I believe is the bad side effects of this medicine.”

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Grace · Taken for 1 to 2 years December 28, 2019

“Haloperidol is very dangerous. I was given haloperidol 3 times over a period of 10 years. I had hallucinations of snakes and severe delusions which led me to harm myself without any idea of the consequences of what I was doing. I've been well for 18 years now and want this medication banned.”

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Anonymous June 24, 2013

Haldol (haloperidol): “For years, my Dad had really bad anger issues. He continually kept my Mom in turmoil with his fits of rage to the point that one day she had a Stroke. It was horrendous. When both of them went to a Nursing Home, my Dad was evaluated and diagnosed as being psychotic. The Doctor prescribed Haldol for him and within 3 days, he was a brand new person. He was calm, he laughed, and he was such a joy to visit with. He remained this way until he passed away 5 years later. If he had been given this medicine years before, I feel my Mom would have lived another 20 years.”

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Kazamyst July 5, 2011

Haldol (haloperidol): “This is going to be kind of long and full of detail. I've been using Haldol for about 3 years now. It basically started when hearing voices got really bad. The combination of Geodon and Abilify DID NOT work. I admitted myself inpatient and got my Haldol. I started on 10mg. It took all the nasty symptoms away. And still does to this day. This is a one amazing medicine. I'm at the point with it now, that I can barely take 2.5 mg, (5mg cut in half) without feeling drugged up though. My body became very sensitive from it. You may gain some weight on this medicine. It does give you the munchies. However, I did weight watchers on this medicine and was able to take off some weight. Again, this medicine is down right amazing.”

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Shell · Taken for 1 to 6 months December 24, 2019

“I was put on Haldol in a mental hospital and I couldn't sit still. The longer I was on it symptoms just got worse and worse until I felt like I wanted to climb out of my own body. I really don't like this drug at all.”

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Anonj26 · Taken for 1 to 6 months April 11, 2016

Haldol (haloperidol): “This medication worked like a charm. There were no negative side effects and I lost about 15 pounds on it. It controlled all my symptoms perfectly, and really helped me with my anxiety, mild psychosis and depression. I have a PHD and really appreciate how much this drug has helped me during my schooling. I did not relapse after I went off this drug. It has been 4 years since I went off this medication and I am symptom free.”

10 / 10
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Anonymous December 15, 2011

Haldol (haloperidol): “My dad started to see things and think things were happening that were not, He was put on Haldol and it works, they were going to slowly take him off it and when we took his noontime pill away he got bad again almost right away. This medicine really has worked for him and allowed him to stay home with us.”

10 / 10
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eric12345678 September 14, 2017

Haldol (haloperidol): “I have been taking 50mg decanoate every 28 days, and 10mg/day oral for schizo-effective. This has been the most effective medicine I have ever used! (I have tried all the atypicals with no luck except olanzapine and lurasidone) I have been taking it for over 10 years now. Absolutely no side effects for me, not even weight gain. When I get the shot I usually take a nap in afternoon because it makes me sleepy. If I don't take haldol, I normally get very religious (but twisted type of religious) and tortured with psychosis and generally feel awful with bags under my eyes, acting weird, and not being able to sleep - usually landing me in the hospital. Haldol balances me almost exactly, and I am able to program computers and read and be happy.”

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Peter · Taken for 6 months to 1 year November 16, 2019

Haldol (haloperidol): “My side effects of Haldol = Restlessness and Anxiety. The need to move coupled with the desire not to. Muscle tension and tremors, combined with the ability to walk correctly. Heavy drooling at the mouth, nausea, and terrible constipation amounting to the inability to take a dump, and the inability the urinate without sitting down. In addition, the inability to ejaculate.”

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Keyvaan · Taken for less than 1 month December 3, 2019

“I'm taking this med haloperidol for just 1 week and a dose of just 0.5 mg daily but I decided to stop immediately. Why? Because I can't sleep at nights, I'm restless and anxious. This side effects are really annoying and they disturb my daily life balance. I don't know why would a doctor want to put this in someone's body. Don't take this drug if you can use other drugs and options. That's my opinion.”

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lucy April 22, 2020

“I took this drug haloperidol in 2019 while I was being hospitalized for my first psychotic episode. It calmed the psychosis, but I still felt confused/disoriented and believed things that weren’t true. Plus, I felt like an actual zombie on it. I physically couldn’t keep my eyes open, and I was functioning halfway between asleep and awake all day. I couldn’t read or watch tv because my eyes couldn’t see clearly. It was a mess. I’m on paliperidone now and while it has its own side effects, it’s a million times better than Haldol.”

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LCD7888 · Taken for 5 to 10 years September 16, 2015

Haldol (haloperidol): “I've been on Haldol for 5 years. I have schizophrenia. This is the only drug that has worked over the period of having this illness. I don't feel I will ever be symptom free there's no magic pill, but since being on this I've been able to manage things much better than before. Really great. I don't like the possibility of the involuntary muscle disease (can't remember what it's called) but I will take that risk to have this benefit.”

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Beth · Taken for less than 1 month April 19, 2019

“Haloperidol got all the demons out of my head. I was able to drive a short distance on it. Couldn’t drive long distance. All the voices pretty much stopped and negative and violent intrusive thoughts stopped. This would be good for people with eating disorders to overcome them; as it gets all the demons out of your head. You must take it with cogentin to help the side effect of muscle stiffness. I think this medication was worth taking.”

10 / 10
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ALEljay July 24, 2017

“Been on this haloperidol for approx. 6 yrs. I have now developed parkinsonism, I cannot control movement in my left arm, leg, tongue, I cannot speak properly due to my tongue being all over the place. Trouble swallowing solid food, problem breathing. I wish I had never taken this in the first place. I am told that the damage to my brain is irreversible. STAY AWAY FROM THIS MEDICATION FOR GODS SAKE”

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brokenmind · Taken for 2 to 5 years August 5, 2015

Haldol (haloperidol): “Ah, I have a mixed review of Haldol. I started it years ago for psychosis. I've been on many different antipsychotics and for me the older typical ones work better than the newer atypicals. For a while I was so sick I was on both Haldol and Thorazine. That combo really helped a lot. After years of 15 mg of Haldol a day I developed pseudoparkinsonism. I would shake, I had trouble walking, I couldn't write (couldn't form the letters with a pen), and I was drooling all the time. My doctor told me I wasn't allowed to drive for 6 months. Eventually it got to the point that my neurologist began to question the pseudoparkinsonism diagnosis -- she thought I was developing actual Parkinson's Disease. I think I'm done with Haldol.”

8 / 10
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Sunflower2020 · Taken for 10 years or more January 24, 2020

“I've been on this drug haloperidol for over 10 years. I haven't really had problems with the drug apart from sleeping a lot. Also I feel progressively less well now generally in my health than I was before this could be a side effect. I have a fear of people and this is family members and people outside. I have become withdrawn and socially awkward. I remain very quiet talking only to select people. This is also a side affect of the drug. My advice is that if the drug suits you stay on it. Reading the other reviews I think the drug is not suiting the other users. It has suited me for over 10 years now.”

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Anonymous September 13, 2015

Haldol (haloperidol): “This was the worst experience I had in my life. I had hallucinations and my b/p was 206/126. It was given IM in the hospital and then at again at the treatment facility. I wrote a letter in my room in case they found me dead. I fought the nurse not to give me another one.”

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PastelPink November 5, 2020

“There's a lot of bad reviews on this medication haloperidol however, I have found it so useful. At first I was on risperidone and I HATED it. I gained so much weight and was so drowsy however, haloperidol was prescribed for voices and it worked instantly it calms my voices and makes me feel so relaxed and I've not had any increase in my appetite or weight. This drug has helped saved my life. I take 2mg up to 4 times a day as PRN but it has helped a lot and I don't experience any other side effects”

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tma · Taken for less than 1 month November 14, 2019

“I was given haloperidol by injection in the hospital for bipolar l on several occasions during "emergencies" where I was agitated and/or confused and once for severe paranoia. I believe they gave it with ativan each time. I know this drug has a lot of negative effects for some people, but it helped me every time, and I even took an injection voluntarily a couple of times, because of how quickly it calms me down most of the time. I was given an injection one night after getting very agitated and trying to leave the locked unit. I hadn't eaten or drank anything in days and hadn't showered. They were ready to give me IV fluids, but the day after I had the injection, I was able to think clearly enough to shower and eat. It's not for everyone, but I can say it has helped me as a PRN med.”

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Bipolar type Schizzoaffective · Taken for 1 to 2 years February 21, 2016

Haldol (haloperidol): “Very very effective. Would recommend. Helpful medicine for psychosis and mania. Helps with delusions and paranoia and voices and all that comes with a psychotic episode. Only down side is a feeling of anxiety and having to move around and can't sit still for too long when on this med but it is a very effective medication.”

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Nocturnalanimal · Taken for less than 1 month July 10, 2021

Haldol (haloperidol): “Haldol gave me extreme akathisia that I couldn’t bear so I had to go off of it. Wasn’t on it long enough to experience many other side effects that could come with it but I will say it helped with my paranoid thoughts a bit but also made me feel drunk and not myself.”

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Ladtad91 · Taken for 1 to 2 years April 8, 2018

“Saved me without a doubt from psychosis don’t know what I’d of done without it. it was also great for my extreme anxiety. I used to take 5mg nightly within 2 hours I'd feel calm and relaxed, a bit sleepy the only side effect a bit restless but nothing I could not deal with I think the old drugs definitely still have use!”

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itsmeeeeboy · Taken for 6 months to 1 year October 8, 2020

“I have used haloperidol for almost a year now, since then I've lost interest of many things, even life itself. It didn't really connect the dots with this medication. Reading some other reviews some other people experience the same thing. Even though I got a care authorization and I am obligated to take these medicine, I'm gonna quit it and see how it goes. But it did really help with my psychosis so I hope I don't get a relapse”

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Il1234 · Taken for 2 to 5 years August 31, 2018

“I have been diagnosed with schizoeffective disorder bipolar type and after being on several different medications am now taking haloperidol injection once a month. I have had extreme paranoia and hallucinations / delusions for the past 12 years. Have felt better and am more functional since taking haloperidol and Invega sustena. I feel akathesia a great deal almost daily and have struggled with the weight gain. I used to have a career before being diagnosed. Now find it difficult to hold down a job. I struggle to read at times too. Feel like it is effecting my cognitive abilities. Anyone care to share how they lost weight on this drug? Would be of great help.”

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