Information about Haloperidol

Haloperidol uses

Haloperidol is used in the treatment of schizophrenia.

How haloperidol works

Haloperidol works by blocking the action of dopamine, a chemical messenger in the brain that affects the thoughts and moods.

Common side effects of haloperidol

Sleepiness, Orthostatic hypotension (sudden lowering of blood pressure on standing), Dry mouth, Abnormality of voluntary movements, Weight gain, Parkinsonism, Akathisia, Dystonia, Constipation.

Available Medicine for Haloperidol

  • ₹5 to ₹44
    RPG Life Sciences Ltd
    8 variant(s)
  • ₹5 to ₹56
    Intas Pharmaceuticals Ltd
    5 variant(s)
  • ₹200
    Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd
    1 variant(s)
  • ₹16 to ₹34
    Torrent Pharmaceuticals Ltd
    2 variant(s)
  • ₹177
    Intas Pharmaceuticals Ltd
    1 variant(s)
  • ₹5 to ₹70
    Shine Pharmaceuticals Ltd
    6 variant(s)
  • ₹12 to ₹140
    United Biotech Pvt Ltd
    4 variant(s)
  • ₹5 to ₹27
    Talent India
    4 variant(s)
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    Baroda Pharma Pvt Ltd
    5 variant(s)
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    Altius Life Sciences
    3 variant(s)

Expert advice for Haloperidol

  • Do not start or continue haloperidol, if you are allergic to haloperidol or any other ingrediants in the formulation.
  • Do not take haloperidol, if you have irregular heart beat (arrhythmia) or unusually slow heart beat.
  • Do not use haloperidol, if you have Parkinson’s disease; low white blood cells levels.
  • Avoid using haloperidol, if you have liver or kidney disease, fits, depression, problems with your thyroid gland, a non-cancerous tumour of the adrenal gland (phaeochromocytoma; causing episodic or persistent rise in blood pressure).
  • Do not drive or opeate heavy machinery as haloperidol can make you sleepy and impair your alertness.

Frequently asked questions for Haloperidol


Q. Is haloperidol a controlled drug or narcotic or addictive?
No,haloperidol is not a controlled drug, narcotic or addictive
Q. Is haloperidol a benzo or a neuroleptic or MAOI?
No,haloperidol is not a benzo or MAOI or a neuroleptic. It is an antipsychotic. It works by blocking the action of dopamine receptors in brain, which decreases the excessive dopamine activity in the brain
Q. Is haloperidol used for nausea?
No,haloperidol is not used for nausea
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Q. Is haloperidol like alprazolam (Xanax)?
Haloperidol is an antipsychotic, which is used to treat mental illnesses that affect an individuals' thinking, feeling or behaviour. These illnesses include to treat schizophrenia, psychoses, mania, behavioural problems and Gilles de la Tourette syndrome (chronic multiple motor and vocal ticsinvoluntary responses) in adults and children. It is also used for persistent hiccups in adults. Alprazolam (Xanax) belongs to benzodiazepine group of dugs, and is used in the treatment of insomnia and anxiety
Q. Is haloperidol a sedative/ make you sleepy?
Yes,haloperidol can cause sedation
Q. Can you take haloperidol with lorazepam?
Haloperidol interacts with lorazepam to cause increased sedation and impaired attention. Please consult your doctor before taking haloperidol with diazepam
Q. Does haloperidol cause weight gain or does haloperidol cause tardive dyskinesia?
Yes, in some people haloperidol may cause weight gain and tardive dyskinesia
Q. Does haloperidol cause respiratory depression/ hallucination?
Haloperidol may cause dyspnea as well as other bahavioral abnormalities in patients. It is not known to cause respiratory depression/ hallucination.

Content on this page was last updated on 23 February, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)