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Can haloperidol be used for opioid withdrawal?
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Dr. Mark Shukhman
Addiction Medicine
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In brief: Not recommended
Haloperidol is an anti-psychotic.
It helps people who are agitated from psychosis. Agitation from opioid withdrawal comes from a different source. Haloperidol will help to cloud the consciousness, but will not help symptoms of withdrawal. Clonidine, or even better, lofexidine are more appropriate choices.

In brief: Not recommended
Haloperidol is an anti-psychotic.
It helps people who are agitated from psychosis. Agitation from opioid withdrawal comes from a different source. Haloperidol will help to cloud the consciousness, but will not help symptoms of withdrawal. Clonidine, or even better, lofexidine are more appropriate choices.
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