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 1909 811
Panic attacks 940 414
Panic disorder 645 312
Generalized anxiety disorder 190 81
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 174
Mild 417
None 686

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Alprazolam

Side effect Patients Percentage
Sleepiness 109
Drowsiness 103
Sedation 52
Fatigue 39
Problems concentrating 35
Memory problems 32

Show all 130 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Alprazolam

Dosage Patients Percentage
0.5mg as needed 27
0.25mg as needed 25
0.25 mg daily 12
0.5 mg daily 11
1 mg daily 9
1 mg three times daily 9
0.5 mg twice daily 8
0.5 mg three times daily 7
1 mg twice daily 6
0.25 mg twice daily 4

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Why patients stopped taking Alprazolam

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Reason Patients Percentage
Doctor's advice 269
Other 228
Did not seem to work 174
Side effects too severe 111
Course of treatment ended 96
Personal research 48
Change in health plan coverage 17
Expense 17
See all 737 patients who've stopped taking Alprazolam

Duration

Currently taking Alprazolam

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 6
2 - 5 years 38
5 - 10 years 32
10 years or more 73

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 83
10 years or more 57
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 808
Usually 299
Sometimes 193
Never taken as prescribed 40
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 30
Somewhat hard to take 97
A little hard to take 148
Not at all hard to take 1065
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 2
$100-199 5
$50-99 17
$25-49 53
< $25 717
Not specified 546

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Alprazolam after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 76
Lorazepam (Ativan) 41
Diazepam (Valium) 22
Buspirone (BuSpar) 7
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 5

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Patients stopped taking Alprazolam and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 89
Lorazepam (Ativan) 38
Diazepam (Valium) 20
Buspirone (BuSpar) 16
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 9

Show all 35 treatments patients report switching to

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107 patient evaluations for Alprazolam

Jul 6, 2020 (Started Jan 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.5 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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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