What is Xanax?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Generic name: Alprazolam

Xanax® is a brand name for the drug alprazolam, a short-acting drug in the benzodiazepine class used to treat anxiety disorders and as an adjunctive treatment for depression.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Anxious mood 1,018 363
Panic attacks 550 196
Panic disorder 265 111
Generalized anxiety disorder 112 38
Insomnia 65 26

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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 27
Moderate 90
Mild 163
None 291

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Xanax

Side effect Patients
Sleepiness 52
Drowsiness 46
Sedation 30
Problems concentrating 23
Memory problems 18
Fatigue 13

Show all 78 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Xanax

Dosage Patients
0.25mg as needed 35
0.5mg as needed 32
1 mg three times daily 21
0.25 mg daily 17
1mg as needed 16
0.5 mg daily 11
0.5 mg three times daily 10
0.5 mg twice daily 8
1 mg daily 8
0.25 mg twice daily 6

See all 38 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Xanax

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Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 146
Other 122
Did not seem to work 85
Side effects too severe 62
Course of treatment ended 46
Personal research 26
Expense 9
Change in health plan coverage 7
See all 382 patients who've stopped taking Xanax

Duration

Currently taking Xanax

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 12
2 - 5 years 56
5 - 10 years 75
10 years or more 81

Stopped taking Xanax

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 43
1 - 6 months 85
6 months - 1 year 57
1 - 2 years 51
2 - 5 years 75
5 - 10 years 43
10 years or more 29
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 338
Usually 129
Sometimes 86
Never taken as prescribed 18
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 10
Somewhat hard to take 40
A little hard to take 61
Not at all hard to take 460
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 2
$50-99 1
$25-49 29
< $25 296
Not specified 242

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Xanax after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 33
Lorazepam (Ativan) 18
Diazepam (Valium) 12
Buspirone (BuSpar) 5
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 3

Show all 20 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Xanax and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 59
Lorazepam (Ativan) 24
Diazepam (Valium) 14
Buspirone (BuSpar) 11
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 8

Show all 29 treatments patients report switching to

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50 patient evaluations for Xanax

Jan 1, 2018 (Started Jul 01, 2009)

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

  • 0 helpful marks

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

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

  • 0 helpful marks
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