7 patient evaluations for Alprazolam with a side effects rating of Severe

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Jan 5, 2013 (Started Nov 11, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for insomnia (less than 2 hours sleep))
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Severe (sleepiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 0.5 mg Daily

Nov 16, 2012 (Started Nov 11, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for insomnia (less than 2 hours sleep))
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.5 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

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

Feb 23, 2011 (Started Jan 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Promote relaxation)
  • Side effects
    Severe (problems concentrating)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: This medicine can make you feel very tired.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: problems concentrating

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 15, 2010 (Started Oct 15, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for panic attacks)
  • Side effects
    Severe (fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed

  • 0 helpful marks

May 14, 2010 (Started Nov 07, 2001)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Increase effect of another treatment)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for panic attacks)
  • Side effects
    Severe (vertigo, anger and irritability between doses)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: highly addictive , if i even forget to take 1 , i begin having withdrawals ...
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: vertigo, anger and irritability between doses

Sep 20, 2008 (Started Nov 07, 2001)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for General health)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Severe (vertigo, anger and irritability between doses)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Started taking .05 mgs. in 2001 .. was gradually increased over time and ended up taking 6 - 1 mg. tabs a day .. the anxiety and panic got worse ... so after weaning myself down to 3 -4 , 1 mgs. tabs a day , made a plan with my therapist and pcp to get off this drug as it is most likely not needed anymore ... the side effects of withdrawal are horrendous, but necessary to get off this highly addictive and misused drug ...
Side effects: vertigo, anger and irritability between doses

  • 0 helpful marks

Oct 22, 2009 (Started Jul 30, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for obsessive-compulsive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for anxious mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for panic attacks)
  • Side effects
    Severe
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 3 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Worsened Depression symptoms after Daily use for 2 months, Cognitive Impairment, mild Inhibition of Recognition of Passage of Time, overall, Xanax was quite helpful, the benefits far outweighed the negatives. It is most helpful for less than 4 weeks of use, after use for multiple months, It starts to cause significantly more negative side effects, and generally worsens all symptoms. Short term use is much more beneficial.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

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
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