Compare Haldol vs. Invega

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

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Haldol (haloperidol)

Prescription only

Invega (paliperidone)

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.

3.1/ 5 average rating with 50 reviewsforHaldol
Helps control your thoughts and mood.

Invega (paliperidone) relieves psychotic symptoms and improves mood.

3.1/ 5 average rating with 34 reviewsforInvega
Upsides
  • Haldol (haloperidol) is available in a cheap, generic version.
  • A monthly extended-release injection allows for more convenient dosing than a daily pill.
  • Won't make you as sleepy as other antipsychotic medicines.
  • If you have heart or kidney problems, this may be a better option than other antipsychotic medicines.
  • The pill and injection form allows for flexible dosing schedule.
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.
  • Side-effects of weight gain and hormonal imbalance may be intolerable for younger patients.
  • Frequent blood tests are sometimes required to check how the medicine is affecting your body.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Injection
  • Pill
  • Injection
Price
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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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34 reviews so far
29%
saidit'sworth it
32%
saiditworked well
35%
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.
16possible side effects
  • Difficulty controlling movements
    12%
  • Drowsiness
    8%
  • Indigestion
    6%
  • Inability to be still
    6%
  • Nausea
    5%
  • Constipation
    4%
  • Weight gain
    4%
  • Abdominal discomfort
    3%
  • Common cold
    3%
  • Back pain
    3%
  • Fast heartbeat
    2%
  • Stomach upset
    2%
  • Upper respiratory tract infection
    2%
  • Decreased appetite
    2%
  • Increased appetite
    2%
  • Changes in speech
    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
  • Heart problems
    • History of heart problems
    • Drug interactions
  • Shaking and restlessness
  • Higher blood sugar and cholesterol and weight gain
    • Diabetes
    • High cholesterol
  • Difficulty concentrating
    • Alcohol
    • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
  • Low blood pressure
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