105 patient evaluations for Alprazolam

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Dec 21, 2012 (Started Jul 15, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for insomnia)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1.5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I have no bad side effects from the drug itself, however since I have been on it for so long, I can not go without it. By not getting my refill in time on a Friday, I had to go without it all weekend and went through living hell until Sunday night when I finally got hold of my doctor. At this time, I do not know if I could stop taking this medication without help from possibly some other drug. If I do not take the afternoon tablet, I experience a tightness in my chest, feel anxious and get upset easily, which in turn just makes the first 2 symptoms worse...
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: sleepiness

Feb 14, 2009 (Started Jul 15, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for insomnia)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (sleepiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 1.5 mg Daily
Side effects: sleepiness

Jan 22, 2009 (Started Jul 15, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for insomnia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 1.5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: If taken for anxiety, I have found it to take away the tightness I experience in my chest and the drowning feeling when I have a bad anxiety attack.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: sleepiness

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Dec 16, 2012 (Started Oct 10, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for restlessness (akathisia))
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

Dec 5, 2012 (Started Oct 10, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for restlessness (akathisia))
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence))
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 9, 2012 (Started Oct 10, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for restlessness (akathisia))
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence))
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 27, 2012 (Started Oct 10, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence))
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Mar 1, 2012 (Started Oct 04, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Severe (drowsiness, excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence))
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: this was just too dangerous driving for my job. My Pdoc worked with me to find other strategies for anxiety and stress relief rather than taking a benzo. We are making progress on reducing my symptoms with meditation, relaxation, visualization, journal writing, breathing, etc.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: drowsiness

Oct 25, 2010 (Started Oct 04, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (drowsiness, excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence))
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: is effective if I take it everyday. If taken occasionally it causes drowsiness. Addiction danger for me. Only use occasionally as needed. Usually in anticipation of a stressful situation
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: drowsiness

Dec 3, 2009 (Started Oct 04, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (drowsiness, excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence))
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Rather than take 1mg daily, I took these as needed. 1-3x's a day on severe anxiety days. Then many days I have none. That helps my concern re:addiction, as that is an issue with me. An unexpected benefit was a general feeling of well being after anxiety was diminishing. I am suspicious of depression being a reaction after several days in a row of Xanax and then none for a day...would leave me feeling down...probably a little withdrawel effect rather than Xanax triggering a depressive episode? This med worked wonders for the physical symptoms: sick stomach, shakes, inside quivers, sweating, and then I noticed a quiet feeling...didn't feel so uncomfortable in my own skin. The drowsies stopped after just a few uses.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: drowsiness

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Jan 24, 2012 (Started Feb 03, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I only take this as needed. 0.25 mg up to 4 times a day. It takes the edge off. When I feel very anxious I will take two. I know some who take 1 mg up to 6 times a day. I would sleep with anything over .50 mg. (lol) This is one of the drugs that are not covered in my low prescription cost program though it is much needed!
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark

Jan 15, 2012 (Started Jan 15, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for panic disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: a
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 15, 2011 (Started Mar 21, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for panic disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take

Jul 1, 2011 (Started Mar 21, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for panic disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 30, 2011 (Started Jun 02, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for mild depression)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for panic disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.25 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 29, 2011 (Started Jul 01, 2000)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bipolar I disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: I only take this maybe a handful of times through the year for major panic/paranoia events related to my bipolar disorder. I overally have a very good control and handle on the manic side of my bipolar disorder and I'm capable of talking myself down from panic attacks. When the self help techniques do not work, I will take this as it do calm me down quickly.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 28, 2011 (Started Nov 20, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for panic attacks)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fear of public or open places (agoraphobia))
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: This treatment worked very well for me, was on it for over 3.5 yrs. New doctor wants to change up and see if a new combo will reduce the overall number of pills I have to take each day ( all meds included ).
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jun 30, 2011 (Started Feb 03, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for panic attacks)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.5 mg Daily
Side effects: skin sensitive to touch

  • 0 helpful marks
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