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 1899 801
Panic attacks 932 415
Panic disorder 640 307
Generalized anxiety disorder 187 79
Insomnia 172 91

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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 65
Moderate 177
Mild 407
None 669

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Alprazolam

Side effect Patients Percentage
Sleepiness 106
Drowsiness 102
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
0.25mg as needed 50
0.5mg as needed 48
0.5 mg daily 27
0.25 mg daily 20
1 mg daily 19
1 mg three times daily 18
1mg as needed 17
0.5 mg twice daily 12
0.5 mg three times daily 12
1 mg twice daily 8

See all 43 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Alprazolam

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Reason Patients Percentage
Doctor's advice 268
Other 227
Did not seem to work 168
Side effects too severe 112
Course of treatment ended 95
Personal research 45
Change in health plan coverage 18
Expense 17
See all 736 patients who've stopped taking Alprazolam

Duration

Currently taking Alprazolam

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 8
6 months - 1 year 12
1 - 2 years 24
2 - 5 years 74
5 - 10 years 99
10 years or more 106

Stopped taking Alprazolam

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 95
1 - 6 months 139
6 months - 1 year 108
1 - 2 years 102
2 - 5 years 169
5 - 10 years 85
10 years or more 55
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 786
Usually 296
Sometimes 198
Never taken as prescribed 38
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 29
Somewhat hard to take 97
A little hard to take 149
Not at all hard to take 1043
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 2
$100-199 5
$50-99 16
$25-49 55
< $25 697
Not specified 543

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) 90
Lorazepam (Ativan) 39
Diazepam (Valium) 19
Buspirone (BuSpar) 14
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 11

Show all 33 treatments patients report switching to

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107 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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