My daughter has been on first generation medicine (Haldol dec shot) for 10 months. Her life is tremendously changed for the better. She gained weight, and was worried, until I told her most women gain weight as they get older (I did, mom did, and grandma did). Benadryl helps with occasional nerve irritation. No other side effects have been evident. Almost all symptoms resolved, except that she still doesn’t shower enough (greasy hair) and she sleeps long hours, only rising after 2pm.
I asked her psychiatrist if another drug would be less likely to cause side effects, and she said even the a-typicals cause side effects. She said, “this one is keeping her out of the hospital and employed”, so she didn’t want to change off of Haldol. I agree. Quality of life is SO improved that any potential side effects (hopefully nothing else comes) are definitely the lesser evil.
Zyprexa handled her auditory hallucinations, but not her paranoid delusions. She was on a 3rd drug during one of her earlier hospitalizations, but they took her off of it during her 30 day stay and switched to Zyprexa (which she was released on) so I don’t know what it was.