Compare Haldol vs. Aristada

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

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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
Helps control your thoughts.

Aristada (Aripiprazole lauroxil) is good for schizophrenia, but you'll need to see your doctor every 4-6 weeks to get the injection.

Upsides
  • Haldol (haloperidol) is available in a cheap, generic version.
  • A monthly extended-release injection allows for more convenient dosing than a daily pill.
  • Only needs to be given once a month.
  • Helps some people with their thoughts.
  • Comes in different strengths.
  • There are patient assistance programs to can help lower the cost of the copay.
  • It is given 4-6 weeks compared to every 4 weeks for other similar medications.
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.
  • Likely expensive because it is only available as a brand name medication.
  • There are cheaper alternatives that should be considered before Aristada (Aripiprazole lauroxil).
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Injection
  • Injection
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Reviews
50 reviews so far
38%
saidit'sworth it
42%
saiditworked well
34%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
The Haldol (haloperidol) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
6possible side effects
  • Inability to sit still
    11%
  • Injection site pain
    3%
  • Headache
    3%
  • Increased weight
    2%
  • Muscle damage
    2%
  • Insomnia
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • 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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  • Increased risk of death
    • Elderly patients with dementia
  • Neuroleptic malignant syndrome
    • Patients taking antipsychotics
  • Increased blood sugar, cholesterol, and weight gain
    • People with diabetes
    • People with high cholesterol
  • Shaking and restlessness
    • Long-term use of atypical antipsychotics
  • Heat stroke
  • Falls
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