- Are Risperdal and Haldol the Same Thing?
- What Are Possible Side Effects of Risperdal? (Side effects)
- What Are Possible Side Effects of Haldol? (Side effects)
- What is Risperdal? (Uses)
- What is Haldol? (Uses)
- What Drugs Interact with Risperdal? (Interactions)
- What Drugs Interact with Haldol? (Interactions)
- How Should Risperdal Be Taken? (Dosage)
- How Should Haldol Be Taken? (Dosage)
Are Risperdal and Haldol the Same Thing?
What Are Possible Side Effects of Risperdal?
Common side effects of Risperdal include:
- extrapyramidal effects (sudden, often jerky, involuntary motions of the head, neck, arms, body, or eyes),
- weight gain,
- feeling hot or cold,
- dry mouth,
- increased appetite,
- sleep problems (insomnia),
- stomach pain,
- sore throat,
- runny or stuffy nose,
- or skin rash.
Tell your doctor if you experience serious side effects of Risperdal including difficulty swallowing, muscle spasms, shaking (tremor), mental/mood changes, or signs of infection (such as fever, persistent sore throat).
What Are Possible Side Effects of Haldol?
Common side effects of Haldol include:
- dry mouth,
- spinning sensation,
- sleep problems (insomnia),
- skin rash,
- 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 is Risperdal?
Risperdal (risperidone) is an atypical antipsychotic prescribed to treat:
- bipolar mania,
- and autism.
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 available in generic form. Haldol is not approved for use in older adults with dementia because of increased chances of death during treatment.
What Drugs Interact With Risperdal?
Risperdal may interact with other medicines that make you sleepy (such as cold or allergy medicine, narcotic pain medicine, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, and medicine for seizures, depression, or anxiety), carbamazepine, fluoxetine, paroxetine, phenytoin, phenobarbital, or rifampin.
What Drugs Interact With Haldol?
Haldol may interact with other medicines that make you sleepy (such as cold or allergy medicine, narcotic pain medicine, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, and medicine for seizures, depression, or anxiety), or rifampin.
Haldol may also interact with arsenic trioxide, blood thinners, lithium, tacrolimus, antibiotics, anti-malaria medications, heart rhythm medicines, medicines to prevent or treat nausea and vomiting, medicines to treat psychiatric disorders, or migraine headache medicines.
Do not stop using Haldol suddenly, or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.
How Should Risperdal Be Taken?
Risperdal dose ranges from 0.5 mg to 8mg/day.
How Should Haldol Be Taken?
Haldol is available in sterile vials containing 5 mg strength Haldol per 1 ml of fluid used for injection. Usual starting dose is 2.5-5 mg intramuscularly. Dose may vary according to patient response to the drug. Switch to an oral form of this drug is recommended as soon as possible.
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FDA. Risperdal Drug Information.
RxList. Haldol Side Effects Drug Center.