Compare Haldol vs. Abilify

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

Haldol
(haloperidol)

Abilify
(aripiprazole)

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.Helps control your thoughts and mood. Abilify (aripiprazole) is good for treating psychosis and mania, and can help with depression. It's less likely to cause side effects than other antipsychotics.
Reviews & ratings
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Reviews for Haldol
38%
of people (All ages) say Haldol is worth it
42%
say it works well
34%
say it's a big hassle
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Reviews for Abilify
44%
-6% worse vs. Haldol
40%
+2% better vs. Haldol
34%
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Side effects
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The Haldol FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

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  • Sleepiness 20%
  • Difficulty controlling movements 17%
  • Fatigue 7%
  • Nausea 7%
  • Restlessness 8%
  • Blurred vision 8%
  • Excess drooling 6%
  • Dizziness 4%
  • Extreme restlessness 21%
  • Insomnia 6%
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How it works
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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.Abilify (aripiprazole) is an atypical antipsychotic. It stabilizes dopamine and serotonin levels in your brain to help control your thoughts and affect mood.
Type of medication
HaldolAbilify
Prescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
HaldolAbilify
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Injection
  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
  • Liquid
  • Injection
Used for
HaldolAbilify
Risk factors for serious side effects
HaldolAbilify
  • Elderly patients with dementia
  • History of heart problems
  • Drug interactions
  • People with diabetes
  • People with high cholesterol
Detailed Haldol (haloperidol) risks & warnings »
  • Elderly patients with dementia
  • Age 24 years or younger
  • Use of antidepressant medications
  • People with diabetes
  • People with high cholesterol
Detailed Abilify (aripiprazole) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy

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.

Food
HaldolAbilify
  • 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.
No food related info.
Sleep
HaldolAbilify
  • It can cause dizziness, drowsiness, and can lower your blood pressure.
No sleep related info.
Weight
HaldolAbilify
  • 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.
  • Less likely to cause weight gain and problems with cholesterol and blood sugar than most other antipsychotics.
  • Abilify (aripiprazole) can make you gain weight, which can also increase your blood sugar and cholesterol. If you're at risk for diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholestetrol, talk to your doctor how to lower your risk.
Upsides and benefits
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  • 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.
  • Effective at relieving psychotic symptoms and manic episodes.
  • More energizing than other antipsychotics.
  • Fewer side effects than other 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.
Downsides and risks
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  • 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.
  • You might need routine blood tests to check how the medicine is affecting your body.
  • 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.
  • Mild risk of extrapyramidal symptoms (EPS), a movement disorder that includes stiffness, tremor, restlessness, and slow, repetitive, or involuntary movements.
  • You might need routine blood tests to check how the medicine is affecting your body.
  • All antipsychotics come with side effects that make them difficult to take. You might need to try a few different medicines until you find the one that works for you and that you can tolerate.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
HaldolAbilify
  • 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.
  • 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 increase cholesterol or blood sugar.
  • Report any unusual thoughts, inability to control muscle movements, or fever and excess sweating to your doctor.
  • Available in pills that you take daily, and as a monthly injection.
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