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 1,844 764
Panic attacks 903 392
Panic disorder 625 293
Generalized anxiety disorder 173 76
Insomnia 173 92

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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
Severe
60
Moderate
170
Mild
390
None
640

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Alprazolam

Side effect Patients
Sleepiness 102
Drowsiness 96
Sedation 52
Fatigue 35
Problems concentrating 35
Memory problems 32

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Alprazolam

Dosage Patients
0.5mg as needed 70
0.25mg as needed 67
1 mg daily 38
0.5 mg daily 36
0.25 mg daily 27
1 mg three times daily 27
1mg as needed 27
0.5 mg three times daily 24
2 mg daily 18
0.5 mg twice daily 16

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Why patients stopped taking Alprazolam

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Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 252
Other 216
Did not seem to work 158
Side effects too severe 106
Course of treatment ended 92
Personal research 42
Expense 16
Change in health plan coverage 15
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Duration

Currently taking Alprazolam

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 15
6 months - 1 year 20
1 - 2 years 52
2 - 5 years 110
5 - 10 years 155
10 years or more 129

Stopped taking Alprazolam

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 90
1 - 6 months 137
6 months - 1 year 99
1 - 2 years 100
2 - 5 years 158
5 - 10 years 72
10 years or more 54
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 749
Usually 284
Sometimes 192
Never taken as prescribed 35
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 26
Somewhat hard to take 94
A little hard to take 144
Not at all hard to take 996
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 5
$50-99 16
$25-49 56
< $25 671
Not specified 510

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Alprazolam after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 58
Lorazepam (Ativan) 35
Diazepam (Valium) 21
Buspirone (BuSpar) 5
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 4

Show all 29 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Alprazolam and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 81
Lorazepam (Ativan) 34
Diazepam (Valium) 17
Buspirone (BuSpar) 13
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 9

Show all 30 treatments patients report switching to

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104 patient evaluations for Alprazolam

Dec 1, 2017 (Started Sep 11, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: After such a long time on this drug I have developed a tolerance to it and no longer works for me. So, I am tapering off it to an eve tuner stop altogether.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 25, 2012 (Started Sep 11, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 10, 2012 (Started Sep 11, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Just be cautious not to exceed the dosages since this can be addictive.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 19, 2017 (Started Jan 01, 1996)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence))
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: I have stopped using Alprazolam I BC it made me feel odd. I only used it occasionally.

  • 0 helpful marks

May 3, 2017 (Started Apr 28, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.25 mg Daily

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