Any Experience with haldol (haloperidol)

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   Posted 11/2/2006 10:54 AM (GMT -6)   
So, i got taken off the geodon that made me crazy and am back on haldol. I didn't really take it that long before and can't remember much about it. Has anyone had any experience with this drug? How fast does it work? I appreciate any stories.

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   Posted 11/3/2006 7:23 AM (GMT -6)   
i've never been on haldeol but might be able to point you in a direction or 2.  i use to check out all medications that i am rxed.  you can often to to the manufacturer's web site and chark out the drug there.  i don't recommend calling the company - i've had very mixed results with this approach.
something that you have to remember is that each person iss unique and will react to specific drugs in unique ways.  maybe that's why they call it the "pratice of medicine?"  i was on geodon and it zombied me out.  i kept one in my wallet to use in case i became super manic.  don't need to do that anymorer (thank god) because my current drug regimine seems to be working.
i know i didn't answer your question, but i hope my experience helped.

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   Posted 11/3/2006 3:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Lilsismj,

I don't know anything about this med either, I'm afraid -- sorry! But Warren is righ: is a good source of info; is also worth checking out; and you could also check out the manufacturer's website (these tend to be pretty thorough).

Good luck with this med -- and let us know how you get on with it, eh? :)

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   Posted 3/26/2007 12:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there.
 I was forced to take haldol twice. The first time was a single dose in the United States, and it led immediately to a massive mental disintegration, I couldnt make simple decisions for about a month, yet there weren't really any physical side effects from this single dose besides causing a schizo-like mental functioning, intense fear causing effects and excessively emotional states, a breakdown of reality, and obsessive compulsive mental states. Some years later I was forced to take this chemical again for two weeks this time in Germany.
 It was the most horrible thing that has ever happened to me just about. It rapidly lead to parkinsons symptoms. It started causing schizophrenia like symptoms, memory loss, and other things immediately of course. I was forced to take it for two weeks even though I pleaded with the doctors within a day of being injected with the stuff to stop this, and my motor coordination was clearly in a sorry state to where I was dragging one of my legs behind me even .
Finally I made it out of that place, even though my motor coordination was screwed and I couldn't really walk normally they let me go, I asked of course immediately for them to let me go, but what finally made them let me go was that it started to be clear the bill for keeping me there was getting rather large, and I made no offers of course to pay for such horrific treatment of myself, I was walking like an 80 year old cripple even though I was near 30.
 What was even more horrible was after stopping the haldol the parkinsons was getting worse, then I started losing my eyesight about two weeks after having stopped the haldol and "escaping" from the "clinic". I had to go to the emergency clinic (a proper emergency clinic in switzerland) as I couldnt function anymore with severe motor coordination interference and loss of eyesight, I tried to get by walking like a cripple, but when the eyesight went I was in a jam. It had somehow damaged my mental functioning also so that I just couldnt sit still or lay still, there was an unbearable feeling after a minute or two of motionlessness, that I had to move.
It seems like it took two or three days of the haldol for it to really exert its horrific effects in full, with the motor coordination interference, the horrible psychological effects start instantly though. The major horrible mental effects of it stopped and reduced to just partial effects after stopping taking it, but lasted to a lesser degree for perhaps months. However I was quite worried as my loss of motor coordination and loss of eyesight, and if these problems weren't going to go away I had decided for certain I just couldn't live with such a crippling situation and loss of eyesight and that I would have to kill myself rather than be in such a state at 30 years old.
Luckily though, I gave the swiss a shot at fixing me first, the emergency clinic in switzerland somehow fixed the debilitating motor coordination and eyesight problem overnight, they gave me two pills, one a pharmaceutical, the other was a natural sleeping pill. The debilitating effects on my nervous system were cured that night, however I was in a somewhat "stunned" state for some weeks, (from the whole experience of those two weeks of haldol and the two weeks after before I went to the swiss emergency clinic). Haldol may not effect everyone this way.
However I would suggest taking it only in immediate life threatening situations where there is no other alternative and where not taking it will lead to death within some few hours. Otherwise I would say to stay away from it, its not worth the risks! Both times I was forced to take it were in situations of being rowdy, getting thrown in jail, not calming down or resisting the jailors, and then being injected with haldol for non-compliance.
 I would much rather be beaten physically I think by the jailors, I was in a serious fight just once in my life, and several direct blows to my face were landed in a suprise ambush mugging, my teeth were chipped and my eye blackened and cheek bone chipped, but it was way way better than the haldol experience by far.
Anyways I think it is criminal Johnson and Johnson's marketting of this stuff to millions of people, even forcing their product on so many people that are just injected with it against their will. Its totally criminal. It may not effect everyone like it did to me, maybe it can help some people somehow (I'm sceptical of that and that there isnt some pharma better out there), but surely some people are having horrible effects from haldol and it is a certain brain damaging chemical.
There is no doubt that it is a BRAIN DAMAGING CHEMICAL, all these reports of loss of motor coordination and such and on a wide scale surely shows it is brain damaging within just a few doses. I also have a suspicion, although I am not really sure and perhaps it is a stretch, but I seem to have developed the malar rash of Lupus soon after being forced to take haldol for two weeks.

Post Edited By Moderator (smiler) : 3/27/2007 10:53:33 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 3/27/2007 12:01 PM (GMT -6)   

Welcome to Healing Well benjiwolf :-)

Hope you don't mind , I just put a few spaces in your post to make it easier to read.

I'm sorry you've had such a bad experience.

Lilsismj - as people have said before me , everyone is different and what one might experience another might not. I hope this is the one for you , let us know how you get on.

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   Posted 3/27/2007 5:26 PM (GMT -6)   
yes quite. I agree there is great room for individual variable effects from chemicals or medicines. However, there is a serious issue here. I was not being treated for bi-polar, I did not take this substance voluntarily, in fact on both of these occasions I was not being treated for anything. I was being subdued.

The most serious issue is with what happened in Germany. I was a foreign national in this situation. My native country was recently in a war with Germany not much more than 50 years ago. My grandfather fought bravely against the ****s back when my birth country fought the good fight. One of the things he fought for was putting a stop to people like Mendel. Haldol is a proven brain damaging chemical. There is no question. For a country to use a brain damaging chemical against a foreign national they are holding, to obtain their compliance, is unacceptable. Beatings are one thing, even rape perhaps could be allowed before this, (if one tolerates such activities), but to use brain damaging chemicals is surely a step too far. Simple as that. Its a fundamental violation of human rights and also international law to use brain damaging chemicals on prisoners & foreign nationals. Chemical agents not permanently damaging is another question I'm not getting into here.

What is more, there is no current war between the US and Germany, in fact they are in a military alliance, I was not even a war criminal, or a terrorist suspect, I was merely a youth being rowdy and difficult. For them to use brain damaging chemicals against my will to subdue me was a bridge too far I think. My brother currently serves with a special forces unit with the US military. While i have left the US, in protest of the Iraq war, I support my brother and the military servicemembers that simply follow the orders of the government at hand the citizenry has elected, and obey the orders they have been given on how to best protect those citizens. (Its the competency and morality of those currently giving the orders i have a problem Cheney & co). Anyways, I also support the rules and regulations we on this globe have hammered out when it comes to human rights. If my brother was captured, and someone used brain damaging chemicals on him. I would not hesitate to take up arms or weapons of whatever sort to go after the offending party that violated the fundamental rules of this planet when it comes to human treatment. While I have rejected US citizenship this year, I would none the less come to anyones aid, no matter their country, including the US, if it was shown that harmful, permanently damaging chemical agents were being used on their prisoners. With mere beatings I would not take such a strong stance however. (That leaves generally temporary damage, and just to the body, except in severe cases.)

Anyways i have twice written to the american pharma J&J about the issue as well, they of course have refused to answer any questions or make any statements about haldol. When someone wrote to them, twice, stating severe harmful effects from one of their products, they did not say one word. As to the German self styled "clinic" I was sent to from the jail. Well its one reason i have no desire to apply for citizenship to the EU. I will never be a citizen to a country or bloc of countries that use brain damaging chemicals against simple prisoners to obtain compliance. If they are willing to use such treatment against a white european with no serious charges, what is the length they would go to on someone else of different ethnic or religious background from them & with charges of substance against them??? But perhaps my dreadlock hairstyle at the time made them feel I was so different from them, or of different political persuasion, that they needed to pull out the heavy handed tactics. Unfortunately the standards for human rights on this planet have plunged once again to levels nearing those of thousands of years ago, of millenia in the past!
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