104 patient evaluations for Alprazolam

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Aug 20, 2008 (Started Apr 09, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (sedation)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: sedation

  • 1 helpful mark

Sep 15, 2008 (Started Jun 11, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (sedation)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 0.25 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: This med is very addictive. Try not to use it to much only when needed.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: sedation

  • 1 helpful mark

Oct 8, 2008 (Started Oct 02, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (sleepiness, problems concentrating, balance problems)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Don't take it if you have to drive a car or anything; it makes me really dizzy. I'm also on another medication that makes me dizzy, so I don't know how much is each medication's fault, but I noticed a strong increase in the dizziness on the day I took these pills vs my normal everyday pills of the other medication.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: sleepiness, headaches, problems concentrating, balance problems

  • 1 helpful mark

Nov 10, 2008 (Started Nov 10, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Other)
  • Side effects
    Severe (anger and irritability between doses, sleepiness, memory problems)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.25 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: problems concentrating, anger and irritability between doses, sleepiness, memory problems

  • 1 helpful mark

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

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

  • 1 helpful mark

Aug 29, 2008 (Started Aug 15, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 1, 2008 (Started Jun 06, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (anger and irritability between doses, sedation)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: sedation, anger and irritability between doses

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 18, 2008 (Started Aug 12, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.25 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Love it!
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 29, 2008 (Started Sep 01, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (sedation, sleepiness)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Fatigue and sleepiness at the beginning of treatment can be almost intolerable at times... However, this side effect seems to slowly fade as your body becomes adjusted to the medication. After a while you note only an increased calm - which can help you sleep if you want to - but no real feeling of sleepiness. While this medication has been prescribed for me to take several times a day, I prefer not to take it if I do not need it. I believe that this has allowed me to avoid any addiction or withdrawal symptoms and a one month prescription may last me up to 6 months, depending on my need and usage.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: sedation, sleepiness

  • 0 helpful marks
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