Compare fluphenazine vs. Haldol

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

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Prolixin (fluphenazine)

Prescription only

Haldol (haloperidol)

Prescription only
Treats schizophrenia and psychosis.

Prolixin (fluphenazine) can stabilize your mood. It is used to find the right dose for you before moving to a long-acting injection.

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.

3.1/ 5 average rating with 50 reviewsforHaldol
Upsides
  • Good at stabilizing your mood.
  • Available in several oral and injectable forms, including a long-acting injection that is taken less frequently.
  • Haldol (haloperidol) is available in a cheap, generic version.
  • A monthly extended-release injection allows for more convenient dosing than a daily pill.
Downsides
  • Can make you sensitive to the sun.
  • Can affect how your body regulates your temperature.
  • Can make it difficult for you to control your movements if you've been on Prolixin (fluphenazine) for a while.
  • 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
  • Liquid
  • Injection
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Injection
Price
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Reviews
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42%
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34%
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Side effects
The Prolixin (fluphenazine) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
The Haldol (haloperidol) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • Increased risk of death
    • People over 65 with dementia and psychosis
  • Difficulty controlling movements
  • Neuroleptic malignant syndrome
    • Taking antipsychotic medications
  • Low white blood cell count
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  • Increased risk of death
    • Elderly patients with dementia
  • Blood disorders
  • Neuroleptic malignant syndrome
  • Heart problems
    • History of heart problems
    • Drug interactions
  • Shaking and restlessness
  • Driving impairment
    • Drinking alcohol
    • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
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