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 1892 791
Panic attacks 925 409
Panic disorder 636 297
Generalized anxiety disorder 186 77
Insomnia 171 88

Show all 222 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 64
Moderate 170
Mild 402
None 667

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Alprazolam

Side effect Patients Percentage
Sleepiness 107
Drowsiness 99
Sedation 52
Fatigue 38
Problems concentrating 35
Memory problems 32

Show all 126 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Alprazolam

Dosage Patients Percentage
0.5mg as needed 50
0.25mg as needed 43
0.25 mg daily 28
0.5 mg daily 22
1 mg three times daily 16
1mg as needed 14
1 mg daily 13
1 mg twice daily 12
0.5 mg twice daily 11
0.5 mg three times daily 8

See all 38 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Alprazolam

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Reason Patients Percentage
Doctor's advice 265
Other 224
Did not seem to work 169
Side effects too severe 109
Course of treatment ended 94
Personal research 45
Change in health plan coverage 17
Expense 17
See all 727 patients who've stopped taking Alprazolam

Duration

Currently taking Alprazolam

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 7
1 - 2 years 18
2 - 5 years 58
5 - 10 years 87
10 years or more 111

Stopped taking Alprazolam

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 91
1 - 6 months 139
6 months - 1 year 106
1 - 2 years 103
2 - 5 years 169
5 - 10 years 83
10 years or more 54
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 781
Usually 291
Sometimes 193
Never taken as prescribed 38
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 30
Somewhat hard to take 96
A little hard to take 146
Not at all hard to take 1031
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 2
$100-199 5
$50-99 16
$25-49 53
< $25 693
Not specified 534

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Alprazolam after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 71
Lorazepam (Ativan) 41
Diazepam (Valium) 21
Buspirone (BuSpar) 7
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 4

Show all 31 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Alprazolam and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 88
Lorazepam (Ativan) 38
Diazepam (Valium) 18
Buspirone (BuSpar) 14
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 11

Show all 35 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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