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Haloperidol Withdrawal

It is uncommon for a medical professional to truly have the expertise to navigate an Haloperidol withdrawal.

Antipsychotics like Haloperidol, even if indicated during a time of demonstrable crisis, does not always mean that a lifetime of being medicated is warranted. There IS a better way.

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Haloperidol withdrawal symptoms may be some of the worst withdrawal symptoms of any drug. Haloperidol is an approved prescription medication for the treatment of psychotic disorders including schizophrenia, Tourette’s syndrome, and behavioral disorders. Discontinuing its use should only be done with Haloperidol withdrawal help; as with most mental illness medications, stopping Haloperidol “cold turkey” is not recommended.

Slow Haloperidol Withdrawal

The best approach to withdrawing from this medication is to wean gradually from the drug. Haloperidol discontinuation can be difficult and make you feel like a prisoner in your own mind and body. On the surface, the notion of prescribing someone an antipsychotic medication is supposed to make people calm and quiet. But the reality is that you can become horrifically violent.1,2

Haloperidol withdrawal effects can be severe and it usually takes intense haloperidol withdrawal treatment to ensure the person safely tapers off the medication. Whatever the motivation, you have a right to free yourself from using psychiatric meds. If you want to safely withdraw from Haldol, it is crucial to have the support of a medical professional. The best way to safely withdraw from this medication is to have the active involvement of a doctor or prescription medication withdrawal specialist who can provide successful Haloperidol withdrawal help.3

Be Safe When Planning Antipsychotic Withdrawal

A woman named Andrea was living with her five children in Texas. She was withdrawing from Haloperidol when she drowned her five children. This is one of the most tragic examples ever seen, but demonstrates very clearly why someone enduring this process should choose closely monitored Haloperidol withdrawal help.4

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Haloperidol Withdrawal Symptoms by Going Cold Turkey

The intense reactions to cold turkey antipsychotic withdrawal can actually be life-threatening. Individuals may even become suicidal or very violent as the Andrea Yates story (link below) demonstrates. Haloperidol withdrawal side effects may also include breathing problems, tightening of the muscles, dry mouth, loss of control of your tongue, blurry vision, anxiety, nausea, pacing back and forth, and strange behaviors. A treatment center is the right setting for withdrawing from psychiatric meds.

The best way to prevent Haloperidol withdrawal side effects is to reduce the dosage gradually. Remember, psychiatric drugs like Haloperidol/Haldol should never be stopped abruptly. The more slowly you can withdraw, the less severe effects you will likely encounter. Don’t try to stop taking this medication without Haloperidol withdrawal help. You are invited to call us to learn more about the benefits that are available for you or a loved one’s Haloperidol withdrawal at Alternative to Meds Center.


    1. Howland RH, “Potential Adverse Effects of Discontinuing Psychotropic Drugs, Part 3, Antipsychotic, dopaminergic, and mood-stabilizing drugs,” PubMed, US National Library of Medicine, NIH, 2010 Aug, [cited 2019 Oct].
    2. Meitzer H “What’s atypical about atypical antipsychotic drugs?,” NIMH article, 2004 Apr, [cited 2019 Oct].
    3. Cornett EM PhD, Novitch M BS, Kaye AD MD Phd, Kata V MS, Kaye AM PharmD4, “Medication-Induced Tardive Dyskinesia: A Review and Update,” NCBI article, Ochsner Journal, 2014 Summer, [cited 2019 Oct].
    4. Chan M Revisiting Andrea Yates 15 Years After She Drowned Her Children, Time Magazine, 2016 Jun, [cited 2019 Oct].


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Dr. Samuel Lee

Dr. Samuel Lee is a board-certified psychiatrist, specializing in a spiritually-based mental health discipline and integrative approaches. He graduated with an MD at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and did a residency in psychiatry at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. He has also been an inpatient adult psychiatrist at Kaweah Delta Mental Health Hospital and the primary attending geriatric psychiatrist at the Auerbach Inpatient Psychiatric Jewish Home Hospital. In addition, he served as the general adult outpatient psychiatrist at Kaiser Permanente.  He is board-certified in psychiatry and neurology and has a B.A. Magna Cum Laude in Religion from Pacific Union College. His specialty is in natural healing techniques that promote the body’s innate ability to heal itself.

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