Haloperidol - does it cause withdrawal symptoms?

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I was originally prescribed Haloperidol for random panic attacks after a particularly bad experience with emergency surgery.  Now the attacks have stopped and I've got over the experience, I've tried several times to come off it by reducing it gradually, but each time I start feeling really weird with dizziness, upset tummy, diarrhoea and poor sleep. Are these known withdrawal symptoms? Any suggestions on what I can do about it? I'm on venlafaxine and mirtazapine for depression too, and I'm happy to be taking these if i need them, but i don't want to be stuck on tranquillisers too.

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    Sorry to hear about the difficulties you're having with withdrawing from haloperidol pixie22. Not sure how long you were taking it for or the potency both of which could make a difference,  but the only thing I was told by a psychologist I recently saw was that the haloperidol I was given when I was still undergoing rehabilitation in hospital were not entirely appropriate for humans. It was only when things became slowly increasingly apparent that I was able to realise the physical side effects of the medication. I am now off it and I'm now on mirtazapine in the hope it will be effective in helping me manage my anxiety and lack of control rather than depending on any type of tranquilisers. Maybe you and I have the same opinion and can now  only hope that there is a more appealing way to find a way to move forward. I really do wish you the best with whatever you decide to do in the future with the withdrawal process.
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      I'm only on 0.5mg haloperidol, which i think is a low dose, and I'm puzzled at the strong reaction I've had to just a slight reduction - I'd only reduced it by about a third!  I've decided to go back on the 0.5mg to see if things settle down, and then try again , reducing even more gradually over a longer period of time. It's important to me to be able to lead my normal life and keep occupied, i think it's what keeps me well. Any upset to my mental equilibrium makes me panic - it brings back memories of the really bad times. And it's hard to explain the problem to my family.

      Thanks for your post.  I'm of the same opinion as you, that it's best to avoid tranquillisers if you can.

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    I saw my psychiatrist this afternoon, and he told me that although the group of drugs including Haloperidol are not addictive like valium etc., your body systems do get used to them, and you can get these types of symptoms when you reduce it. He recommended what I'd proposed, to get back on an even keel and then try an even more gradual reduction, in the hope that the withdrawal effects will be more manageable. It's a case of judging how much you can put up with, but the symptoms will gradually recede as the body adjusts. I'm glad i got his opinion, it has helped me to know I'm doing the right thing. He has told me not to reduce my anti-depressants, though.
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    I was given it as i have bpd and anxiety. My psyc wants me off it as long term use, can give you symptoms like with Parkinsons. Im right down to just 2 drops. Im now also on Ritalin as I also have adhd. I havent taken my Haldol for two days and i feel very shakey and like something bad will happen. That just with 2 drops.
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