What is Alprazolam?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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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 1898 799
Panic attacks 930 409
Panic disorder 639 302
Generalized anxiety disorder 188 78
Insomnia 173 88

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  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 63
Moderate 173
Mild 410
None 672

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Alprazolam

Side effect Patients Percentage
Sleepiness 108
Drowsiness 101
Sedation 52
Fatigue 38
Problems concentrating 35
Memory problems 32

Show all 128 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Alprazolam

Dosage Patients Percentage
0.5mg as needed 46
0.25mg as needed 36
0.25 mg daily 23
1 mg daily 19
0.5 mg daily 17
0.5 mg twice daily 14
1mg as needed 12
1 mg twice daily 10
1 mg three times daily 10
2 mg daily 7

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Why patients stopped taking Alprazolam

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Reason Patients Percentage
Doctor's advice 267
Other 225
Did not seem to work 171
Side effects too severe 110
Course of treatment ended 95
Personal research 46
Change in health plan coverage 17
Expense 17
See all 731 patients who've stopped taking Alprazolam

Duration

Currently taking Alprazolam

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 7
1 - 2 years 15
2 - 5 years 52
5 - 10 years 70
10 years or more 99

Stopped taking Alprazolam

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 91
1 - 6 months 138
6 months - 1 year 108
1 - 2 years 102
2 - 5 years 172
5 - 10 years 82
10 years or more 55
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 789
Usually 296
Sometimes 194
Never taken as prescribed 39
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 30
Somewhat hard to take 96
A little hard to take 148
Not at all hard to take 1044
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 2
$100-199 5
$50-99 17
$25-49 53
< $25 704
Not specified 537

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Alprazolam after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 72
Lorazepam (Ativan) 41
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) 18
Buspirone (BuSpar) 14
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 11

Show all 35 treatments patients report switching to

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108 patient evaluations for Alprazolam

Dec 8, 2019 (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

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

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

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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