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 2254 819
Panic disorder 1464 317
Panic attacks 1073 417
Generalized anxiety disorder 228 82
Insomnia 195 89

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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 64
Moderate 176
Mild 424
None 694

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

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Alprazolam

Dosage Patients Percentage
0.25mg as needed 24
0.5mg as needed 18
0.5 mg daily 13
0.25 mg daily 11
1 mg three times daily 9
0.5 mg three times daily 7
0.25 mg twice daily 5
1 mg daily 5
1 mg twice daily 4
1mg as needed 4

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Why patients stopped taking Alprazolam

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Reason Patients Percentage
Doctor's advice 281
Other 235
Did not seem to work 183
Side effects too severe 115
Course of treatment ended 98
Personal research 50
Change in health plan coverage 18
Expense 17
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Duration

Currently taking Alprazolam

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 7
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 24
5 - 10 years 32
10 years or more 58

Stopped taking Alprazolam

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 92
1 - 6 months 139
6 months - 1 year 111
1 - 2 years 102
2 - 5 years 172
5 - 10 years 84
10 years or more 57
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 819
Usually 302
Sometimes 196
Never taken as prescribed 41
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 31
Somewhat hard to take 98
A little hard to take 149
Not at all hard to take 1080
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 2
$100-199 6
$50-99 17
$25-49 54
< $25 725
Not specified 554

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Alprazolam after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 80
Lorazepam (Ativan) 46
Diazepam (Valium) 25
Buspirone (BuSpar) 8
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 5

Show all 37 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Alprazolam and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 160
Lorazepam (Ativan) 56
Diazepam (Valium) 25
Buspirone (BuSpar) 21
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 12

Show all 51 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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