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 2256 834
Panic disorder 1471 318
Panic attacks 1083 428
Generalized anxiety disorder 236 90
Insomnia 195 89

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  • 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 177
Mild 429
None 712

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Alprazolam

Side effect Patients Percentage
Sleepiness 110
Drowsiness 104
Sedation 52
Fatigue 39
Problems concentrating 35
Memory problems 33

Show all 130 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Alprazolam

Dosage Patients Percentage
0.25mg as needed 13
0.5mg as needed 10
0.5 mg daily 6
0.25 mg daily 5
1 mg twice daily 5
2 mg daily 5
1 mg three times daily 5
1 mg four times daily 5
1mg as needed 5
0.5 mg three times daily 4

See all 28 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Alprazolam

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Reason Patients Percentage
Doctor's advice 281
Other 236
Did not seem to work 184
Side effects too severe 116
Course of treatment ended 99
Personal research 50
Change in health plan coverage 19
Expense 18
See all 773 patients who've stopped taking Alprazolam

Duration

Currently taking Alprazolam

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 14
5 - 10 years 31
10 years or more 37

Stopped taking Alprazolam

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 91
1 - 6 months 139
6 months - 1 year 110
1 - 2 years 102
2 - 5 years 172
5 - 10 years 85
10 years or more 61
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 829
Usually 305
Sometimes 205
Never taken as prescribed 43
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 33
Somewhat hard to take 99
A little hard to take 154
Not at all hard to take 1096
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 2
$100-199 6
$50-99 18
$25-49 55
< $25 726
Not specified 575

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Alprazolam after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 81
Lorazepam (Ativan) 50
Diazepam (Valium) 25
Buspirone (BuSpar) 8
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 6

Show all 36 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Alprazolam and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 166
Lorazepam (Ativan) 56
Diazepam (Valium) 24
Buspirone (BuSpar) 21
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 12

Show all 52 treatments patients report switching to

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106 patient evaluations for Alprazolam

Jun 2, 2021 (Started Jul 12, 2018)

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

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

Apr 6, 2021 (Started May 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for panic disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Only take it when you REALLY need it. Very easy to develop a dependence on this med.

Aug 21, 2016 (Started May 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for panic disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Oct 31, 2020 (Started Nov 03, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take

Aug 30, 2017 (Started Nov 03, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take

  • 0 helpful marks
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