Compare Risperdal vs. Haldol

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

Risperdal (risperidone)

Prescription only

Haldol (haloperidol)

Prescription only
Helps control your thoughts and mood.

Risperdal (risperidone) is an effective medication in treating schizophrenia, mania, and irritability associated with autism; however, amongst other newer medications in its class, it's more likely to cause side effects, such weight gain and hormone problems.

4.5/ 7 average rating with 45 reviewsforRisperdal
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
Upsides
  • Risperdal (risperidone) is effective at relieving psychotic symptoms, manic episodes, irritability, and aggressive behavior. It also lowers relapse rates in people with schizophrenia and people with irritability associated with autism.
  • Less likely to cause heart problems compared to other antipsychotics.
  • Compared to other antipsychotics, Risperdal (risperidone) causes less sedation and weight gain.
  • A generic version available for pill, dissolving tablet, and liquid formulations.
  • Haldol (haloperidol) is available in a cheap, generic version.
  • A monthly extended-release injection allows for more convenient dosing than a daily pill.
Downsides
  • Mild to moderate risk of Extrapyramidal Symptoms (EPS) - movement disorders that cause stiffness, tremor, restlessness, and slow, repetitive, or involuntary movements.
  • People taking Risperdal (risperidone) might have weight gain and problems with cholesterol or blood sugar.
  • Compared to other antipsychotics, this medication has a higher risk of hormone problems that can cause nipples to leak and male breasts to grow abnormally large.
  • You might need routine blood tests to check how the medicine is affecting your body.
  • Risperdal (risperidone) takes 4 to 6 weeks for its full effects on thoughts and mood.
  • 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.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
  • Liquid
  • Injection
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Injection
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Reviews
45 
42%
think this treatment is worth it
47%
think this treatment works well
49%
think this treatment is a hassle

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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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Side effects
10possible side effects
  • Sedation
    63%
  • Increased appetite
    44%
  • Fatigue
    31%
  • Vomiting
    20%
  • Common cold
    19%
  • Constipation
    17%
  • Cough
    17%
  • Fever
    16%
  • Involuntary urination
    16%
  • Drooling
    12%
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The Haldol (haloperidol) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and warnings
  • Increased risk of death

    Elderly patients with dementia

  • Heart problems

    History of heart problems

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Shaking and restlessness

    High doses of Risperdal (risperidone)

  • Higher blood sugar and cholesterol and weight gain

    People with diabetes

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Driving impairment

    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 1 more risk factors

  • Driving impairment

    Drinking alcohol

    ...and 1 more risk factors

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