What is Alprazolam?

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Alprazolam is a benzodiazepine used for the treatment of anxiety disorder, panic disorder, with or without agoraphobia, and anxiety associated with depression. It may also be used to treat anxiety in children.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Anxious mood 1900 797
Panic attacks 931 415
Panic disorder 641 305
Generalized anxiety disorder 188 80
Insomnia 172 91

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  • Slight
  • None
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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 64
Moderate 176
Mild 406
None 671

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Alprazolam

Side effect Patients Percentage
Sleepiness 106
Drowsiness 103
Sedation 52
Fatigue 38
Problems concentrating 35
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 32

Show all 127 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Alprazolam

Dosage Patients Percentage
0.5mg as needed 49
0.25mg as needed 42
0.25 mg daily 22
0.5 mg daily 21
1 mg three times daily 17
1 mg daily 15
1mg as needed 15
0.5 mg three times daily 13
0.5 mg twice daily 9
1 mg twice daily 9

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Why patients stopped taking Alprazolam

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Reason Patients Percentage
Doctor's advice 266
Other 227
Did not seem to work 168
Side effects too severe 111
Course of treatment ended 95
Personal research 44
Change in health plan coverage 17
Expense 17
See all 734 patients who've stopped taking Alprazolam

Duration

Currently taking Alprazolam

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 8
6 months - 1 year 16
1 - 2 years 17
2 - 5 years 67
5 - 10 years 87
10 years or more 103

Stopped taking Alprazolam

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 95
1 - 6 months 139
6 months - 1 year 107
1 - 2 years 104
2 - 5 years 168
5 - 10 years 85
10 years or more 54
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 785
Usually 295
Sometimes 199
Never taken as prescribed 38
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 30
Somewhat hard to take 97
A little hard to take 149
Not at all hard to take 1041
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 2
$100-199 5
$50-99 16
$25-49 56
< $25 698
Not specified 540

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Alprazolam after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 71
Lorazepam (Ativan) 38
Diazepam (Valium) 21
Buspirone (BuSpar) 7
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 4

Show all 32 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Alprazolam and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 89
Lorazepam (Ativan) 38
Diazepam (Valium) 19
Buspirone (BuSpar) 14
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 11

Show all 33 treatments patients report switching to

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108 patient evaluations for Alprazolam

Mar 8, 2019 (Started Jul 12, 2018)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for panic attacks)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 8, 2018 (Started Jan 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (overwhelming fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.5 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 7, 2015 (Started Jan 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: none

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 1, 2018 (Started Jul 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for panic attacks)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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