HALDOL -- I believe this is a HORRIBLE, mind-altering, mind-numbing drug ~!  In the young lady I've had experience with, she developed "vermicular (worm-like) tongue movements, finger rubbing and was so sedated she could barely talk.  When taken off it, these side effects went away, thankfully.

Haloperidol is a major tranquilizer. It is used to treat psychoses, senile dementia , Tourette's syndrome, and certain serious behavioral disorders in children. In the United States it is sold under the brand name Haldol.

Haloperidol is used to control symptoms of psychotic disorders, such as schizophrenia . It is also used for controlling tics and inappropriate vocalizations associated with Tourette's syndrome in both children and adults.

In children, haloperidol is occasionally used to treat severe behavior problems such as combativeness and extreme outbursts that that occur without immediate provocation. Occasionally it is used for short-term treatment of children who display excessive motor activity with accompanying difficulty in attention, aggression, impulse control, mood changes, and coping with frustration. Haloperidol should be used only after psychotherapy and other medications have been tried and found to be unsuccessful (but don't depend on this in government institutions).

Haloperidol has the potential to produce a serious side effect called tardive dyskinesia . This syndrome consists of involuntary, uncoordinated movements that may not disappear or may only partially improve after the drug is stopped. Tardive dyskinesia involves involuntary movements of the tongue, jaw, mouth or face or other groups of skeletal muscles

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RISPERDOL --  It's my opinion that on this drug, my friend had a CATATONIC-LIKE episode -- she went MUTE, was "frozen" in place, swaying slightly back and forth, yet her vital signs were good.  While this is not one of the more overt or commonly reported "side effects", at the time she was not on anything else (if memory serves) and this never happened again, once she was off the drug.

Risperidone is a second generation[1] or atypical antipsychotic. It is used to treat schizophrenia (including adolescent schizophrenia), schizoaffective disorder, the mixed and manic states associated with bipolar disorder, obsessive–compulsive disorder and irritability in children with autism.

As well as weight gain, common side effects include akathisia, sedation, dysphoria, insomnia, sexual dysfunction, low blood pressure, high blood pressure, muscle stiffness, muscle pain, tremors, increased salivation, constipation, and stuffy nose.

Risperidone can potentially cause tardive dyskinesia (TD),[16] extrapyramidal symptoms (EPS),[16] and neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS).[16] Risperidone may also trigger diabetes and more serious conditions of glucose metabolism, including ketoacidosis and hyperosmolar coma, according to an FDA Warning Letter issued to Janssen Pharmaceutica, Inc. on 19-Apr-04.[17]

Long-term use of antipsychotic medications like Risperidone has been associated with permanent brain damage and cognitive side-effects.[18