Compare Abilify vs. Haldol

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Abilify
(Aripiprazole)

Haldol
(Haloperidol)

Helps control your thoughts and mood. Abilify (Aripiprazole) is good for treating psychosis and mania, and can help with depression. Less likely to cause side effects than any other antipsychotic, but has a risk of suicidal thoughts for people age 24 and younger.Helps control your thoughts and calms agitation. Haldol (Haloperidol) is okay for treating psychosis and agitation. It's less likely to cause weight gain than other antipsychotics, but it's more likely to cause other bad side effects.
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Reviews & ratings
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Reviews for Abilify (Aripiprazole)
42%
of people say Abilify (Aripiprazole) is worth it
38%
say it works well
35%
say it's a big hassle
Reviews for Haldol (Haloperidol)
37%
5% vs. Abilify (Aripiprazole)
41%
+3% vs. Abilify (Aripiprazole)
35%
Same vs. Abilify (Aripiprazole)
Side effects
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  • Drowsiness 20%
  • Extrapyramidal disorder 17%
  • Relaxation or sleepiness 17%
  • Fatigue 15%
  • Restlessness 9%
  • Fever 8%
  • Vomiting 7%
  • Decreased appetite 5%
  • Excessive saliva 5%
  • Sleep difficulty 5%
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The Haldol FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

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How it works
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Abilify (Aripiprazole) is an atypical antipsychotic. Researchers don't know exactly how it works. It seems to change dopamine and serotonin activity in your brain, which affects thoughts and mood.Haldol (Haloperidol) is a traditional antipsychotic. Researchers don't know exactly how it works, but it seems to change dopamine activity in your brain, which affects thoughts and mood.
Type of medication
AbilifyHaldol
Antipsychotic
Atypical
Prescription only
Antipsychotic
Typical
Prescription only
Available as
AbilifyHaldol
  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
  • Liquid
  • Injection
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Injection
Used for (click to learn more)
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How well it works for depression
The free Iodine Start program helps people track how well they are improving, and find the right antidepressant faster.
The free Iodine Start program (personal reports and coaching) is currently only for antidepressants. For now, you can read our pharmacist info about this medication.Learn more about Abilify (Aripiprazole)The free Iodine Start program (personal reports and coaching) is currently only for antidepressants. For now, you can read our pharmacist info about this medication.Learn more about Haldol (Haloperidol)
Risk factors for serious side effects
AbilifyHaldol
  • Elderly patients with dementia
  • Age 24 years or younger
      • History of heart problems
      • Drug interactions
        • People with diabetes
        • People with high cholesterol
        • People with diabetes
        • Alcohol
        • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
          • Phenylketonuria (PKU)
          Detailed Abilify (Aripiprazole) risks & warnings »
          • Elderly patients with dementia
              • History of heart problems
              • Drug interactions
                • People with diabetes
                • People with high cholesterol
                • People with diabetes
                • Alcohol
                • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
                  Detailed Haldol (Haloperidol) risks & warnings »
                  Pregnancy category
                  AbilifyHaldol
                  CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

                  Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

                  See the FDA package insert
                  CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

                  Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

                  See the FDA package insert
                  Alcohol
                  No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.
                  Food
                  • Abilify (Aripiprazole) can increase your blood sugar and cholesterol. However, Abilify (Aripiprazole) is the least likely to raise your blood sugar and cholesterol compared to other antipsychotic medications. Exercise and eat healthy food to lower your risk.
                  • Abilify (Aripiprazole) can cause you to gain weight. Abilify (Aripiprazole) is the least likely to cause weight gain compared to other antipsychotic medications. Exercise and eat healthy food to lower your risk.
                  • Haldol (Haloperidol) can increase your blood sugar and cholesterol. However, Haldol (Haloperidol) is less likely to raise your blood sugar and cholesterol compared to other antipsychotic medications. Exercise and eat healthy food to lower your risk.
                  • Haldol (Haloperidol) can cause you to gain weight. However, Haldol (Haloperidol) is less likely to cause weight gain compared to other antipsychotic medications. Exercise and eat healthy food to lower your risk.
                  Kidneys and liver
                  No specific kidneys and liver-related info.No specific kidneys and liver-related info.
                  Sex
                  No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.
                  Sleep
                  • Makes you energized. Take in the morning to avoid difficulty sleeping.
                  • It can cause dizziness, drowsiness, and can lower your blood pressure.
                  Weight
                  • Least likely antipsychotic to cause weight gain.
                  • Abilify (Aripiprazole) can cause you to gain weight. Abilify (Aripiprazole) is the least likely to cause weight gain compared to other antipsychotic medications. Exercise and eat healthy food to lower your risk.
                  • Less likely to cause weight gain and problems with cholesterol and blood sugar than most other antipsychotics.
                  • Haldol (Haloperidol) can cause you to gain weight. However, Haldol (Haloperidol) is less likely to cause weight gain compared to other antipsychotic medications. Exercise and eat healthy food to lower your risk.
                  Upsides and benefits
                  AbilifyHaldol
                  • Effective at relieving psychotic symptoms and manic episodes. All antipsychotic medicines are about equally effective.
                  • More energizing than other antipsychotics.
                  • Fewer side effects than any other antipsychotics.
                  • Least likely antipsychotic to cause weight gain.
                  • Less likely to cause heart problems compared to some antipsychotics.
                  • Studies show that it can also be helpful for depression, especially in women, if your symptoms don't go away with an antidepressant alone.
                  • Available as a generic, which is cheaper.
                  • Effective at relieving psychotic symptoms and agitation.
                  • Works just as well as other antipsychotic medicines.
                  • Less likely to cause weight gain and problems with cholesterol and blood sugar than most other antipsychotics.
                  Downsides and risks
                  AbilifyHaldol
                  • Mild risk of Extrapyramidal Symptoms (EPS): Movement disorders that include stiffness, tremor, restlessness, and slow, repetitive, or involuntary movements.
                  • Can cause higher risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior for people age 24 and younger.
                  • All antipsychotics come with side effects that make them difficult to take. You might need to try a few different medicines until you find one that works for you and that you can tolerate.
                  • You might need routine blood tests to check how the medicine is affecting your body.
                  • It's an older medicine and has a lot more side effects than newer antipsychotics.
                  • Compared to other antipsychotics, it causes more hormone problems that can cause nipples to leak fluid, and sudden, dangerous abnormal heart rhythms.
                  • Has a higher risk of extrapyramidal symptoms (EPS): movement disorders that include stiffness, tremor, restlessness, and slow, repetitive, or involuntary movements. One of these symptoms (called tardive dyskinesia) is permanent and more likely if you take this medicine for many years.
                  • All antipsychotics have side effects that make them difficult to take. You might need to try a few different medicines until you find one that works best for you.
                  • You might need routine blood tests to check how the medicine is affecting your body.
                  Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
                  AbilifyHaldol
                  • Takes 4 to 6 weeks to see full effects on thoughts and mood.
                  • Makes you energized. Take in the morning to avoid difficulty sleeping.
                  • For the first week, avoid activities that require you to be alert.
                  • May worsen cholesterol or blood sugar.
                  • Report any unusual thoughts, inability to control muscle movements, or fever and excess sweating to your doctor.
                  • Elderly people with dementia shouldn't take it.
                  • It'll take 4 to 6 weeks to see the medication's full effects on your thoughts.
                  • It can cause dizziness, drowsiness, and can lower your blood pressure.
                  • For the first week, avoid activities like driving that require you to be alert.
                  • Immediately tell your doctor if you can't control your muscle movements or if you have a fever or excess sweating.
                  • Don't use in elderly people who have dementia.
                  • The oral liquid concentrate can be mixed with water or juice before taking it.
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