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Haldol Prn For Anxiety Vs Clonazepam Prn


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#1 Revan

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Posted 20 May 2012 - 01:24 AM

A while back, almost a year ago when I was on risperidone. The weight gain got very out of hand, so I went off of it and lost all of the weight I gained. I was amazed on how fast the weight came off (about 30lbs).Then again...I DO jog everyday. My pdoc mentioned in a slightly suggestive way 'haliperidol' ("have you ever tried haloperidol", he said). At first I had the common knee jerk reaction when they recommend a typical AP...Am I THAT crazy...but we ending up putting me on depakote instead. ...I'm not on that anymore either though.

However, being the open minded person I am. I did a little research and came to the conclusion that haldol might be worth a try.
My pdoc said that haloperidol works much better as a PRN than risperidone and has less weight gain. I think if I were to go back on an AP I would want it to be PRN. It felt good on risperdal to actually be able to think clearly, but sort of took away my personality. I have never been on a med so emotionally numbing. Even the SSRI's were not as bad as risperdal in this regard. From what I understand haldol has similar therapeutic effects to risperdal.

The relief the risperdal gave from the moods episodes with the anxiety combined with really disturbing,morbid and intrusive thoughts. That feeling I just described is not constant it just comes in whenever I am under extreme stress and I get those horrible thoughts sometimes at the same time as when I get a panic attack,...no fun. ...If haldol could help that right away (prn) that would seem like the perfect solution. And I might not have to take it every day, so I could continue to have my normal range of emotions.

Whenever I get the intrusive thoughts I find myself needing to take extra clonazepam to get through it (which does not dull me emotionally whatsoever). I am wondering if perhaps the haldol could reduce the need for clonazepam as well? I don't like having to take so much of it ... When I get really bad I need to take 6mg a day (I take 2mg PRN), but I try to keep it much lower than that, like once or twice a day (2-4mg)


I would love to hear your experience with this med (or others similar to it) for anxiety (or whatever)! Either way I will bring it up to the pdoc and see what he has to say.
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Posted 20 May 2012 - 06:05 AM

I moved from klonopin to haldol. Haldol works much quicker and is much more effective for anxiety than klonopin, in my experience.
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Posted 23 May 2012 - 11:36 PM

Thanks for the reply Nurse Ratched!... I guess giving it a try would not hurt.

Do you find it more or less as sedating than clonazepam, or not much different?
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Posted 24 May 2012 - 06:08 AM

It's definitely more sedating but I've taken klonopin for three years and I don't remember how sedating that was at first. Not so bad during the day if you're in the midst of a panic attack. It just brings you way down. However, I take one every night before bed and I have to find a place to lie down within 20 minutes.
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Posted 11 June 2012 - 11:59 AM

Hmm I need something that works for my anxiety, and my pdoc is very reluctant to prescribe benzos because I've had a past issue with alcohol, although benzos have worked very well for me. Maybe I will really look into this Haldol...
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Posted 16 June 2012 - 05:59 PM

I not know anything about haldol but klonpion does wonders for me.
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Posted 25 July 2012 - 09:24 AM

I took haldol for over a year. For me, I wouldn't use it as a PRN because I don't think it brings immediate relief for anxiety. But by taking it every day my anxiety was much less intense overall and I didn't have a need for a benzo.
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