Haldol vs. Xanax

Are Haldol and Xanax the Same Thing?

Haldol (haloperidol) and Xanax (alprazolam) are used to treat different types of psychiatric disorders.

Haldol is used to treat psychotic disorders like schizophrenia, to control motor (movement) and verbal (for example, Tourette's syndrome) tics and is used to treat severe behavior problems in children.

Xanax is used to treat panic attacks and anxiety disorders.

Haldol and Xanax belong to different drug classes. Haldol is an antipsychotic drug and Xanax is a benzodiazepine.

Side effects of Haldol and Xanax that are similar include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dry mouth, headache, dizziness, drowsiness, sleep problems (insomnia), and blurred vision.

Side effects of Haldol that are different from Xanax include nervousness, spinning sensation, restlessness, anxiety, skin rash, itching, spontaneous eye movements, mood changes, breast enlargement, irregular menstrual periods, loss of interest in sex, difficulty urinating or urinating less than usual, and occasional movement disorders.

Side effects of Xanax that are different from Haldol include tiredness, memory problems, poor balance or coordination, slurred speech, trouble concentrating, irritability, constipation, increased sweating, upset stomach, appetite or weight changes, swelling in your hands or feet, muscle weakness, stuffy nose, and loss of interest in sex.

Both Haldol and Xanax may interact with alcohol and other drugs that make you sleepy or slow your breathing (sleeping pills, narcotic pain medicines, prescription cough medicines, muscle relaxers, or medicines for anxiety, depression, or seizures).

Haldol may also interact with cancer medicines, anti-malaria medications, heart rhythm medicines, or medicines to treat a psychiatric disorder.

Xanax may also interact with birth control pills, cimetidine, cyclosporine, dexamethasone, ergotamine, imatinib, isoniazid, St. John's wort, antibiotics, antifungals, barbiturates, heart or blood pressure medications, and HIV/AIDS medicines.

Do not stop using Haldol or Xanax suddenly, or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Haldol?

Side effects of Haldol include:

  • nausea,
  • vomiting,
  • diarrhea,
  • dry mouth,
  • nervousness,
  • headache,
  • dizziness,
  • spinning sensation,
  • drowsiness,
  • sleep problems (insomnia),
  • restlessness,
  • anxiety,
  • skin rash,
  • itching,
  • spontaneous eye movements,
  • mood changes,
  • breast enlargement,
  • irregular menstrual periods,
  • loss of interest in sex,
  • blurred vision,
  • difficulty urinating or urinating less than usual, and
  • occasional movement disorders

Severe side effects of Haldol include:

What Are Possible Side Effects of Xanax?

Common side effects of Xanax include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Tiredness
  • Dizziness
  • Sleep problems (insomnia)
  • Memory problems
  • Poor balance or coordination
  • Slurred speech
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Irritability
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Increased sweating
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Upset stomach
  • Blurred vision
  • Appetite or weight changes
  • Swelling in your hands or feet
  • Muscle weakness
  • Dry mouth
  • Stuffy nose
  • Loss of interest in sex

What Is Haldol?

Haldol (haloperidol) is an antipsychotic drug that decreases excitement in the brain. Haldol is used to treat psychotic disorders like schizophrenia, to control motor (movement) and verbal (for example, Tourette's syndrome) tics and is used to treat severe behavior problems in children.

Haldol is also used to treat or manage:

Haldol Injection is a prescription medicine used to treat:

  • agitation associated with schizophrenia or bipolar mania

It is not known if Haldol is safe or effective in children:

  • under 13 years of age with schizophrenia
  • under 10 years of age with bipolar I disorder
  • under 6 years of age with irritability associated with autistic disorder
  • under 6 years of age with Tourette's disorder

What Is Xanax?

Xanax (alprazolam) is indicated for the management of anxiety disorders and the short-term relief of symptoms of anxiety in adults. Xanax is also indicated for the treatment of panic disorder in adults with or without a fear of places and situations that might cause panic, helplessness, or embarrassment (agoraphobia).

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What Drugs Interact With Haldol?

Haldol may interact with other drugs so the patient needs close observation or monitoring to determine if other side effects develop.

What Drugs Interact With Xanax?

Xanax may interact with cold or allergy medicine, narcotic pain medicine, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, medicine for depression or anxiety, antibiotics, antifungal medicines, antidepressants, and barbiturates. Xanax may also interact with birth control pills, cimetidine, cyclosporine, dexamethasone, ergotamine, imatinib, isoniazid, St. John's wort, heart or blood pressure medications, HIV/AIDS medicines, and seizure medications.

Do not take Xanax if you are allergic to alprazolam, other benzodiazepines, or any of the ingredients in Xanax. See the end of this Medication Guide for a complete list of ingredients in Xanax. you are taking antifungal medicines including ketoconazole and itraconazole.

How Should Haldol Be Taken?

Haldol (ziprasidone HCl) is available as capsules and Haldol (ziprasidone mesylate) is available as an injection for intramuscular use.

Haldol Capsules should be administered at an initial daily dose of 20 mg twice daily with food. For intramuscular dosing, the recommended dose of Haldol is 10 mg to 20 mg administered as required up to a maximum dose of 40 mg per day.

How Should Xanax Be Taken?

Take Xanax exactly as your healthcare provider tells you to take it. Your healthcare provider will tell you how much Xanax to take and when to take it. If you take too much Xanax, call your healthcare provider or go to the nearest hospital emergency room right away.

Xanax is a benzodiazepine medicine. Taking benzodiazepines with opioid medicines, alcohol, or other central nervous system depressants (including street drugs) can cause severe drowsiness, breathing problems (respiratory depression), coma and death.

Xanax can make you sleepy or dizzy, and can slow your thinking and motor skills.

Do not drive, operate heavy machinery, or do other dangerous activities until you know how Xanax affects you.

Do not drink alcohol or take other drugs that may make you sleepy or dizzy while taking Xanax without first talking to your healthcare provider. When taken with alcohol or drugs that cause sleepiness or dizziness, Xanax may make your sleepiness or dizziness much worse.

Do not take more Xanax than prescribed.

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References


DailyMed. Haldol Product Information.

https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=27cfe684-7d11-4f37-9c8b-b2bdd6b5348e


Pfizer. Xanax Product Information.

http://labeling.pfizer.com/showlabeling.aspx?id=547

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