Compare Haldol vs. Geodon

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

Haldol (haloperidol)

Prescription only

Geodon (Ziprasidone)

Prescription only
Helps control your thoughts, calm agitation, and stabilize your mood.

Haldol (haloperidol) is less likely to cause weight gain and sedation, but more likely to cause movement disorders compared to other antipsychotics.

4.1/ 7 average rating with 50 reviewsforHaldol
Helps control your thoughts and mood.

Geodon (Ziprasidone) treats bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, and causes fewer side effects than similar medicines. It’s not a good choice if you have heart problems.

4.6/ 7 average rating with 23 reviewsforGeodon
Upsides
  • Haldol (haloperidol) is available in a cheap, generic version.
  • A monthly extended-release injection allows for more convenient dosing than a daily pill.
  • Geodon (Ziprasidone) can be used with lithium or valproate to better treat bipolar disorder.
  • Geodon (Ziprasidone) can treat agitation in people with schizophrenia by reducing symptoms of anxiety, nervousness, and distress.
  • Compared to other antipsychotics, it has a lower risk of weight gain, hyperglycemia, and hyperlipidemia.
  • The Geodon (Ziprasidone) capsule is available as a generic.
  • The injectable form can treat sudden agitation in schizophrenia when it's not possible to use the capsules.
  • It's available as a pill that you take by mouth daily for continuous treatment and as an injection used for short-term treatment of agitation.
Downsides
  • Haldol (haloperidol) is an older medicine and has a lot more problematic side effects compared to newer antipsychotics.
  • You might need routine blood tests and regular check-ups to make sure the medicine is working for you.
  • Elderly people with dementia shouldn’t take Geodon (Ziprasidone).
  • You shouldn’t take Geodon (Ziprasidone) if you have a history of heart problems (slow heart rate, recent heart attack, heart failure, or heart rhythm problems). It’s also not safe to take if you have low potassium or magnesium, or are taking medicines that increase the risk of this happening (diuretics).
  • You'll need to get blood tests before you start taking Geodon (Ziprasidone).
  • It causes slightly less weight gain than similar medicines.
  • Can't take Geodon (Ziprasidone) capsules and injections at the same time. Capsules should be used instead of the injection as soon as possible.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Injection
  • Pill
  • Injection
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Reviews
50 
38%
think this treatment is worth it
42%
think this treatment works well
34%
think this treatment is a hassle

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23 
43%
think this treatment is worth it
43%
think this treatment works well
30%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
The Haldol (haloperidol) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
10possible side effects
  • Injection Site Pain
    9%
  • Somnolence
    8%
  • Nausea
    4%
  • Headache
    3%
  • Diarrhea
    3%
  • Dizziness
    3%
  • Insomnia
    3%
  • Asthenia
    2%
  • Hypertension
    2%
  • Anxiety
    2%
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Risks and warnings
  • Increased risk of death

    Elderly patients with dementia

  • Heart problems

    History of heart problems

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Driving impairment

    Drinking alcohol

    ...and 1 more risk factors

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  • Increased risk of death

    Elderly patients with dementia

  • Heart problems

    History of heart problems

    ...and 3 more risk factors

  • Abnormal and involuntary muscle movements

    Duration of treatment

  • Risk to fetus

    Women of childbearing age

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