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Because using alcohol and Haldol together can increase the chances and severity of several side effects of Haldol (such as drowsiness or low blood pressure), it is generally recommended that you avoid alcohol while taking this drug. If you do decide to drink while taking Haldol, you should not be afraid to talk with your healthcare provider about your alcohol consumption.

Can I Drink Alcohol While Taking Haldol?

According to the Haldol® (haloperidol) prescribing information, drinking alcohol while on Haldol is not recommended. Combining alcohol and Haldol can increase the chances and severity of several Haldol side effects. Additionally, for many people with mental illnesses, it is usually recommended that alcohol be avoided.

Alcohol and Haldol Side Effects

Drinking alcohol may increase your risk of certain Haldol side effects, such as drowsiness or low blood pressure (when sitting or standing up). You may also be more sensitive to the effects of alcohol if you are taking Haldol. You may not be able to safely drink as much alcohol as you have been able to drink in the past.
Haldol is approved to treat several conditions, including psychotic disorders. Generally, it is best for people with mental illnesses to avoid drinking alcohol. Alcohol can make mental illnesses worse and is often a form of "self-medication."

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Alcohol and Haldol

Although it is not recommended that you drink alcohol while taking Haldol, you should not be afraid to discuss your alcohol consumption with your healthcare provider. Together, you and your healthcare provider can make a shared decision about alcohol and Haldol for your particular situation. If you do drink, your healthcare provider can also suggest ways to help you stop drinking.
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